Category Archives: Marvel 1977
(We join this multi-part crossover with Super-Villain Team-Up, already in progress). The details are muzzy, but it looks like we’ve walked in on some multi-cornered war between Doctor Doom, the Avengers, the Sub-Mariner, and Attuma and his undersea goons. But the tasty prospect of a George Perez-pencilled Avengers vs. Doctor Doom showdown must wait, as the bulk of the Avengers are knocked out on the splash page, and mostly what Doom does in this issue is gloat. And this man can gloat. (The recap pages are packed with action, though).
Eventually the battle gets going. With most of the Avengers on the sidelines, it is the Beast and Wonder Man who get the spotlight. Oh yeah, and the Whizzer, too. (Pause for adolescent snickering). The issue ends with the Vision going rogue and seemingly making common cause with Doom — we know better, of course, but it will cost us another thirty cents next month to find out what’s really going on!
- Script: Gerry Conway
- Pencils: George Perez
- Inks: Pablo Marcos
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Invaders Annual #1
There was a time when Roy Thomas could write scripts fully indulging his love of comics history, and I think comics were better for it. Here Thomas offers up a high concept for his World War 2-era super team book — an “anthology-style” annual, told in three parts, featuring the work of three different Golden Age comics artists, with a small bit of comics continuity patch-work thrown in for free. As a story told in threes, the tale required three bad guys, and Thomas gives us some real weirdos in The Hyena, Agent Axis, and the Shark. The Human Torch takes out the Hyena (guilty of blowing up army trucks, and bad fashion sense); Cap takes on Axis Agent, who is this weird amalgam of a German, Japanese, and Italian agent spliced together by a thunderbolt; and Sub-Mariner battles the Shark (of course), a goofball who wants to steal Subby’s underwear so that “… such water-proof and pressure-resisting materials” might be studied to equip an “… army of Nazi frogmen” (!)
Then it all wraps up with a fight between the Invaders and the Avengers, circa 1969, because of course and why not and because that dangling bit of continuity, originally written by Roy himself during his classic Avengers run, was catnip to Thomas. It’s an answer for questions no one ever asked but I love this stuff. The squirrelly Golden Age art bothered my eyes in 1977 but it is all just nostalgia now.
- Script: Roy Thomas
- Pencils: Frank Robbins
- Inks: Frank Springer
- Art: Alex Schomburg
- Art: Don Rico
- Pencils: Lee Elias
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All right, True Believers, I think I’ve hit on a sustainable and continuing format for Longbox Graveyard.
I’ve sometimes described Longbox Graveyard as “the blog where it is always 1977,” and now I am going to live up to that slogan. Starting Monday, and for every Monday to follow until I run out of will or material, I will offer a capsule review of a comic Marvel published in 1977.
I will be using Marvel Unlimited for this project, so coverage will be spotty. (No Conan, alas). But there are still well better than 200 issues from 1977 on that service so this is likely a project that will never see completion. (Click here for a list of every book I am trying to review!)
No matter! Forward we go! I’m already months ahead of you as you read this, so the first several weeks are guaranteed. And it has been fun to rediscover these issues — some of which I read at the time, and others of which are all new to me.
See you here Monday … and every Monday … for Marvel 1977! And please share your comments as the issues drop!