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Sunday, April 02, 2017

MARVEL TALES

I really thought that I had had more issues of Marvel Tales in the sixties, but I only recognise these three! At least one of these would have been from my 1968 Skegness holiday ( and there are still quite a few more to come from that week and all of them - giant-size! )




In the eighties, however, I would go on to buy many issues of Marvel Tales, but, by this time, it was just standard-sized and reprinted only one Spider-Man story per issue, but it was still a great way to collect all of those early Spidey stories!

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  1. I had a few 1960's issues. The Spider Man reprints that I remember are "The Living Brain" (a computer/robot goes on a rampage in the high school), and "Duel With Daredevil." I also seem to remember a Thor reprint, "Prisoner of the Reds," where he went to an Iron Curtain country to rescue a kidnapped rocket scientist. Or something like that. That may have been the first time I heard "red" used as a nickname for "communist." There was also an Ant-Man story, something like "The Day Ant-Man Failed." He faked an appendicitis attack so the villains would that think he was laid up and out of commission. So they went ahead with their planned robbery. Then Ant-Man, waiting in ambush, caught them. Of course, as any comic book fan knew, crooks only tried to avoid confrontations with super-heroes. They never worried about the police or security guards.

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    1. Over here on this side of the pond, as a kid, I had even less idea what "reds" or "commies" were. I just guessed that if the Super-Heroes fought against them, then they must have been baddies!?
      Personally, I would have preferred Super-Villains to Communists!

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  2. Well, with Titanium Man, Crimson Dynamo, the Red Ghost, and the Crusher, Marvel gave you both super-villains AND Communists!

    It seems as if Marvel (and its predecessors, Timely and Atlas) were always more willing to get into the war effort (whether the war was hot or cold) than DC. Superman, Batman, and the Justice League/Justice Society usually seemed to go up against apolitical criminals, while Captain America, Human Torch, and Destroyer were constantly fighting Nazis in WWII, and Cap and Iron Man were often fighting "red" villains in the 1960's. And the Fantastic Four flew their rocket into space because Sue Storm said, "We can't let the commies beat us in the space race!"

    Of course, there were exceptions. I think Wonder Woman often fought Nazis in the 1940's, and the Metal Men fought the Red Chinese robot Dr. Yes in 1966.

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  3. Ah now, I didn't mind Communist adversaries, if they had super powers, but all that anti-red hyseteria went completely over my head!
    Now the Nazis in comics, I didn't mind!
    The more times we could kick their butts, the better!
    Did you ever read any of our Captain Hurricane strips from the Valiant?
    - Now,THAT'S how you bash Nazis!
    - Without firing a single shot!

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    1. Never saw Captain Hurricane or Valiant over here. The only British comics I remember seeing in the sixties were two Avengers stories from TV Comic that Gold Key reprinted in their 1968 "John Steed Emma Peel" one-shot. GK also published a couple of issues of Secret Agent (i.e., Danger Man), Supercar, and Fireball XL5, although I don't know offhand if they were new, American-made stories or British reprints.

      Some 2000 A.D. strips (Judge Dredd, Robo Hunter, and Strontium Dog) got reprinted in the US in the 1980's and later.

      Fred Bassett and Andy Capp were both syndicated in American newspapers, and some of those strips were collected and reprinted in paperback books in the 1970's.

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  4. Some of the best of British strips ( including Capt. Hurricane! ) were reprinted in US comic books as Albion comics ( I'll find you a link! )
    The GK Steed & Peel was all new, as far as I know, ( as were the Gerry Anderson GK's ), although there was an excellent Avengers colour strip in girls' comic, Diana, which has been reprinted as a graphic novel, plus a b&w strip in TV Comic. I've not seen the Danger Man/Secret Agent GK.
    All of those Eagle/Quality/Fleetway US 2000 AD reprints were also available over here and I bought tons of them in the 80's and early 90's! - Loved 'em!

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    1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_(comics)
      There you go, TC!

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    2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_(comics)
      There you go, TC!

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