Yesterday I spoke about my newfound passion for "bronze age" comic books (roughly translated - comics from the 1970's), and today I offer my first review from that era, allowing you to come along with me as I discover more about these mysterious comic gems. So, please kick back and enjoy our first Bronzed Beauty...
ISSUE NUMBER: 9
COVER PRICE AND YEAR: 35cents - May 1978
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
COVER (HOW COOL AND/OR CRAZY IS IT): It's cool, it's got the requisite color, the Human Fly in action, and 3 caption boxes. However, what's really cool is that it's a John Byrne cover, back before he was really big (but had already started on Uncanny X-Men). Conversely though, because of the Byrne art, while it's got cool elements like the Human Fly diving to save drowning children, and guest star The White Tiger fighting villain Copperhead in the background, it's pretty straightforward super hero stuff.
But yes, there are caption boxes aplenty... like "DOOMSDAY DAWNS AT NIGHT!"... a true hallmark of the era! :)
(From what I understand, he's based on a real life person)
The whole issue cuts back and forth from these 3 groups til everything comes together and gets resolved by the books end. So, it's a solid page turner with snappy 70's dialogue and pacing. HF guides the drowning school folk through flooded underground tunnels, using a giant urn for a boat (being stolen by the villain, of course, by floating it away from an art museum)... hell yeah! But that's about as gonzo as it gets. So a touch low on the absurdity meter.
GUESTS (ARE THERE ANY, HOW COOL ARE THEY): Yep, lots.
The White Tiger - who switches from a completely white-suited fully masked hero, and his normal Hispanic persona (like most 70's Marvel characters, it seems, via some kind of power medallion)... Speaking of powers, I'm not really sure, but none I recall here, unless you count Spanish quips!
Copperhead - A villain, with another pretty cool character design, and some kind of invulnerability.
And of course Daredevil - the man without fear!
ADS (WHAT COOL STUFF ARE THEY SELLING): Each review I'll spotlight one of the ads, and this time, although these don't do much for me now, since I saw and studied all of them back in the day, there's a great "Darth Vader Lives" full page Star Wars ad offering stuff I'd love to see now, like a portfolio with 21 full-color paintings (for $8 no less), blueprints, and transfers...
OVERALL BRONZE FACTOR (ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10): This is the first book I'm rating here, which makes it kind of tough, without any census to compare it to, but I'm going to go with a 7 overall. Pretty high. You've got the Byrne/Austin cover, fairly nice art, pretty cool character, guests galore (of a pretty good cool factor), and it's got a fairly fun plot with a totally readable story.
Can't wait to review more books! Maybe I'll go for a weekly feature here, I've already got 2 or 3 books I'd like to write up, so, see you soon!