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THE DEFENDERS #69 (1979)

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:57:55 +0000

A fill-in by Mary Jo Duffy.  The tennis bougie above is called “Anything Man.” He’s powered up by Yandroth’s Omegatron, which we haven’t seen since the very first Defenders stories back in the first five issues. It’s cool to see this go back. Creators: Mary Jo Duffy and Herb Trimpe Grade: C+ For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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MARVEL HOUSE AD by FRED HEMBECK (1979)

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:42:52 +0000

I loved Hembeck when I was ten.  There’s really nobody like him today—a humorist who is part of the comic book culture, but independent from it as well so that he can have as much fun as he wants without being beholden.

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DOCTOR STRANGE #32-37 (1978-1979)

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:52:27 +0000

The Dweller in the Darkness returns from issue #30.  He misdirects Strange into fighting Nightmare, which is cool because “real” magic is always simple misdirection, and then teams up with a whole bunch of other-dimension monsters to wreak havoc on Strange and Earth.  It ends with Dweller literally lying down and disappearing, after proclaiming himself the victor. I was really enjoying Stern’s work on the series, but it looks like when he steps out of it, the book is back to its ponderous, and often boring, ways.  Stern will be back, but not for a while-after a run by Chris

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GOLFER OF THE DAY

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:41:17 +0000

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Defenders #66-68 (1978-1979)

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:02:14 +0000

Believe it or not, I’m pretty sure this was Valkyrie’s first trip to Asgard–after years of being a “Norse” character. Valkyrie gets a big arc, in which she gets divided from her Barbara Norriss personality (who becomes evil-not sure why), and they fight for the realm of Valhalla.  Issue #66 is all Val, and then the Defenders get recruited to help her. If you’re astute, you know that Valhalla is an afterlife realm for Asgardian heroes so, in order to get there, you have to die.  So we get this bizarre scene of Nighthawk and Hellcat accidentally driving their vehicle

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Ghost Rider #43-44 (1980)

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:19:30 +0000

Carmine Infantino is the guest artist, and while I usually don’t appreciate him as an artist, there’s something about the way he draws long lines and has an overall sketchy quality that works well with Ghost Rider.  In these issues, for the first time, Johnny Blaze and the Ghost Rider are physically separated by an old man who has a magical crystal ball. Without Blaze’s conscience, Ghost Rider goes crazy and starts burning oilwells.  Seriously.  So of course Johnny feels responsible and eventually Johnny uses magic to reunite himself with Ghost Rider. It would have been cool to see this story continue longer

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Marvel Two-In-One #35-36 (1978): Skull the Slayer and Mr. Fantastic

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:39:59 +0000

This story does two things I don’t like: First it takes a character who previously wasn’t included in the Marvel Universe (Skull the Slayer) and brings him into the fold.  And second, it wastes an issue of MTIO on Mr. Fantastic.  Thing and Reed are already on a team together.  Seeing them together here is nothing special.  Ernie Chan’s art is great, though. Creators: Marv Wolfman and Ernie Chan Grade: C

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PETER PARKER THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #25-31 (1978-1979)

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:24:13 +0000

It’s time for our first PPTSS epic, and it’s a big sprawling doozy. In the first issue, we meet Carrion for the first time.  He’s an odd villain who looks vaguely like The Jackal because…SPOILER ALERT!…He is!  He’s the clone of Professor Miles Warren, out to kill Spider-Man, and he knows Spidey’s secret.  So Carrion goes to The Maggia’s leader, Big M, to get paid.  Because if he’s going to kill Spidey anyway, he might as well get some cash for it. And how about that issue title?  It put a Kansas earworm in my head for hours. Turns out,

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TWEET OF THE DAY

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:39:29 +0000

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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES! Some Songs to Get Down With on Friday Night!

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:12:18 +0000

Honest songwriting. Diggin’ the new record by Guy Grogan–especially the first track. Purgatorial Hearts by Guy Grogan And if you liked that, you’ll probably also like R. Finn’s new record. Here’s a taste. Recorded during the sessions for his 2017 album, “Work,” Ron Pope releases a handful of quiet songs. And they’re really, really good. Here’s a couple of them. Totally changing gears, I’m feeling “I’m Feeling You,” a disco dancing R&B single from Amp Fiddler. AMP DOG KNIGHTS | M.M-41 by Amp Fiddler And blending the Americana we started with to the pop music above, Awolnation is back. Here’s

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