Sunday, 5 August 2018

The Thing, The Beast, Ms. Marvel, Nick Fury & Wonder Man.... Play Poker



Now here's a bit of a lost classic I bet most people have completely forgotten about. Yes, there's a fight scene. Yes, it's an early Frank Miller, lushly inked by Bob McLeod. But the reason it's great is the reason Marvel is great. We love these characters ( well, I could never get into Wonder Man's safari jacket look, but still ) and we're just happy to watch them hang out. Frank and a fight scene is just icing on the cake.
I mean, of course Ben & Nick play poker together. Of course Jarvis is the dealer. And of course they invite Hank, who brings along Wondy to make up the numbers. The only thing missing is Hawkeye bringing the whisky.
There's also some neat little touches in the art. Notice how on p.5, Ms. Marvel's hair suddenly looks like it's turned into a feather boa, like she's Angie Dickinson guest-starring on Maverick or something.

















9 comments:

  1. That Perez/Sinnott cover is pretty sweet, too! Very different from the interiors, but hey, we were getting the best of the best, cover to cover! One of my top five books of 1979!

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  2. Bought this as part of a three comic bag in 1980. Loved it ever since. I absolutely adore that cover.

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  3. As I say, the only glaring omission is Hawkeye. Where was he that night?

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    1. Probably should've dumped Ms. Marvel and brought in Hawkeye instead.

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  4. Very cool story. This one and "Caleb Hammer" in MARVEL PREMIERE # 54 made me think Peter B. Gillis was the next big-time writer. As for Frank Miller, well, his art looked terrific under the inks of Bob McLeod and under those of Josef Rubinstein in DAREDEVIL. Early work; a year or two later, only Klaus Janson could do the job, and perfectly. His pencils at this stage had a little more range and versatility.

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    1. Wasn't Gillis the guy who wrecked Defenders? Or was that someone else who followed him? Haven't read those comics in ages.

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  5. Gillis was good, wasn't he? And that's three masterful inkers Frank had back then.

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  6. Marvel Two-in-One and Marvel Team-Up were two of my favorite comics from back then

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