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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Marvel Spectacular #4

Thor and the Recorder are off to confront the Ego, the Living Planet this issue, one of Kirby's most audacious villains of the era, in a reprint of "Behold, The Living Planet" from THOR #133 (1966). Edited reprint, of course, cutting out the second page of a two-page spread, moving a word balloon over. Still looks good, but the original is spectacular, one of the best of Kirby's two-pagers.

It's really a mile-a-minute in this era of Thor, if a Thunder God and an alien archivist fighting against the humanoid anti-bodies of a living planet in the Black Galaxy in order to save Earth from the colonizers of Rigel isn't enough, there's also a stop along the way to set up the next story, which has Jane Foster going to interview for a job with someone who turns out to be the High Evolutionary.

The cover is also from #133, but another, clearer face of Ego is in place of the original. Looks like it might have been pasted up and retouched from an interior panel in this or another story.

Also this issue, "Gather, Warriors", a Tales of Asgard story from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #119 (1965), as the many heroes of Asgard join the quest that Thor and Loki are leading. This story introduces the trio who would become known as the Warriors Three, Hogun the Grim, Frandal the Dashing and of course...

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Volstagg the Enormous. Of course he would be the source of comedy gold in future issues of the book, and starts off great in his debut.

Published 1973

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is the original unaltered cover, which sometimes appeared on reprints. There were times that the stat Marvel had was not the one that appeared originally. Instances of this can be seen on a number of Marvel's Greatest Comics covers. Sometimes the changes are minor, but if you closely, you'll notice the diferrence.

Nick Caputo

bob said...

I was wondering if that was the case, but it seemed a bit odd to replace the well rendered version of Ego with that sort of vague version printed on the original. Well, I guess I don't understand a lot of those cover edits.

I wonder if the art for this cover exists.

kirkm5computer001abc said...

I often hope that the issues of Thor would be "re mastered" and inked by Mike Thebadeux or Mike Royer. I saw on one of the sites how so much pencil detail was erased.
With all due resect to inker Vinnie Colleta, who is no longer with us, he had to work with a short schedule and no health benefits like Kirby. So I think that Marvel could pay Kirby the highest respect by having the origial pencils re inked by someone who could render the pencils as originally intended.