Another huge and heartfelt thanks for the great (and fun) feedback you guys have given. I’m having a blast, and already have a few dozen of these reviews lined up for you all to enjoy. Super excited to get into this entry – on the 56th birthday of The Incredible Hulk no less – but first:


 


Last Time on DRMU:
 
Dean took to the task of reading Issue #29 and Issue #32 of Tales to Astonish, learning about May Dusa and Luther Gorr – two minor recurring characters in the Marvel Universe. Sandwiched in between those two short-stories however, were two heavy-hitting issues. Dean was treated to the origin story of The Hulk in
The Incredible Hulk Issue #1, and got to witness Mr. Fantastic and his gang take on the Sub-Mariner in The Fantastic Four Issue #4.   A few new villains and a new hero in the mix – this adventure was shaping up to be a great one. Little did he know, the introduction of his favourite character was just around the corner.

 

 


 

The Silver Age antics continue, this time with some pretty iconic issues. From the Incredible Hulk encountering the Toad Men, and the introduction of nefarious Doctor Doom, to the first appearance of Spider-Man and the precursor to everyone’s favourite Uncanny team of mutants. I imagine I’ll be hard-pressed to find another lineup with so many staples – this run was fantastic! Here are my reviews:

 


The Incredible Hulk #2 Image

Title: The Terror of the Toad Men!!
Date:
 July 1962
Writers: 
Stan Lee
Pencillers: Jack Kirby

As if taking a queue from Issue #2 of the Fantastic Four; The Incredible Hulk dives back into the ‘aliens in space’ theme. This time, rather than the iconic Skrulls that we met last time, instead, we now meet…the Toad Men!

This issue adopts a very similar storyline to that 2nd FF issue: scaled, froglike aliens – appropriately called Toad Men – come from outer-space to take over Earth. To their detriment, however, these poor amphibians cross-paths with a bigger, stronger and greener foe – The Incredible Hulk. Yes, you read that correctly; rather than the grey-skinned behemoth from last issue, the editors decided to ease the coloring efforts, and we now get to see his iconic green sheen. Between Hulk’s brute strength and Bruce Banner’s brute brains (say that 3 times fast) – the Toad Men’s magnetic repulsion rays don’t stand a chance!

Definitely give this one a read. I prefer the Skrulls to the Toad Men, but it always fun to see new races grace the pages. For those joining me with the Marvel Unlimited app, it’s worth noting that the Smart Panel feature doesn’t work well for this issue – so get ready to zoom in/out to each cell.

 


The Fantastic Four #5 

ImageTitle: Prisoners of Doctor Doom
Date:
 July 1962
Writers: 
Stan Lee
Pencillers: Jack Kirby

Well, it took 5 issues, but he’s finally here! The Fantastic Four have thus far trounced Mole Man (Issue #1), the Skrulls (Issue #2), the Miracle Man (Issue #3), and Namor the Sub-Mariner (Issue #4) – but no foe has come close to the levels of super-villain Doctor Doom!

I’ll be honest, I was really excited to dive into this one. I’ve seen lots of Doctor Doom in cartoons, games and some comics, but I’ve never read this first encounter. I’ve always enjoyed him as a character, and know that he’s risen to the upper echelon of Marvel villain-dom – so it was definitely a fun read. The origin story was decently told, his pet tiger was badass, and the dialogue was formidable – but then things take a strange turn. Time-travel, Blackbeard the Pirate, the magic gems of Merlin, and robots…. I guess something I should expect out of these early Silver Age issues.

Overall, another definite must-read. Can’t wait to see where this arch takes him. Fun fact for those who were playing close attention on page 2 – looks like Johnny Storm is reading Issue #1 of The Incredible Hulk. My first crossover!! Woohoo!

 

 

 

 


Amazing Fantasy #15

Title: Spider-Man!Image
Date:
 August 1962
Writers: 
Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Pencillers: Jack Kirby

The Fantastic Four….check!

The Incredible Hulk….check!

Ant-Man….check!

Only makes sense to dive into the next Marvel superhero to grace the Silver Age comics….Spider-Man!! Easily my favourite of all the Marvel superheroes – as I’m sure many would agree.

This was definitely my read-of-the-week. We’ve all heard the story dozens of times, shared with us through a dozen mediums – the bite from the radioactive spider, the match with Crusher Hogan, the death of beloved Uncle Ben – but reading it for the first time in the original issue – it was awesome! After recently watching Homecoming as well, it was particularly fun to read more about Flash Thompson, Liz Allan and Ms….err…Mr. Warren.  In fact, looking at IMDB, they even had actors playing Sally, Cindy and Seymour – very cool.

Overall, one of my favourite issues thus far. A little sloppy at points when compared with some of the much more refined retellings over the past 6 decades, but a must-read for any Spidey fan.

 



Amazing Adult Fantasy 
#14 

ImageTitle: The Man in the Sky!
Date:
 July 1962
Writers: 
Stan Lee
Pencillers: Steve Ditko

Oh no, I missed one! Not to worry – the Marvel Unlimited App makes it incredibly easy to just download any issues you missed. I was able to go back.

It’s easy to overlook this one – as it really doesn’t introduce any long-lasting Marvel characters. And with a title like “Adult Fantasy”, it may give off the wrong impression. But look a little closer, and this is one of the coolest issues ever.  In doing a bit of research, I saw this issue of Amazing Adult Fantasy being listed as a must-read. And I’m glad I did! “Beware of the Giants”, “What Happened in the Wax Museum”, “Footsteps at Midnight” and “Ozarr the Mighty!” are all average reads – but by far the most interesting story in this issue is one called “The Man in the Sky”.

It follows the story of Ted Carter as he begins to discover his ‘mutant’ powers. That’s right….mutant! As far as I can tell, this is the first mentioning of mutants in the Silver Age comics – predating even the X-Men. It’s full of telekinetic delights. And the ending is an awesome tie-in to everyone’s favourite ‘uncanny’ team!

I know it’s easy to pass this one up in error, but if you have a chance, you owe it to yourself to at least read through the one story, and get excited for what we all know is coming sometime soon….hopefully very soon!

 

 


 

That about wraps up this set of my reads. Would LOVE to hear what you guys think of these issues, or if you have any suggestions on other lineups I should read. Let’s chat about all that and more right here, or over in the Cartridge Club forums.

 

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