The Comics I Read Last Week: February 9-16

faked by Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Alas, life’s complications over the past week have been such that this is going to be almost entirely a list-only entry in my yearlong comics reading journal. A shame, too, as I have more to say about some of these, and hopefully I’ll get a chance to come back to them in a couple of weeks:

Batman and Robin #20

Blackhawk #217 (1966)

BPRD: Hell on Earth: Gods #2. Fury’s Tenets of Reading Speculative Fiction #27: A well executed infodump is a thing of beauty. Recognize.

Brave and the Bold #157 (1979). Batman and Kamandi! Also notable because Jim Gordon asks this question of a kidnapped senator: “What did Extortion, Inc. want with you?” Gee, I dunno, Jim! We better call Batman in on this one! No wonder Gotham is the crime capital of the world.

Casanova: Gula #2.

Detective Comics #492 (1980). Notable for slice-of-life Bob Haney/Bob Oskner short about the “Gotham-not-Brooklyn Bridge” and a Bob Rozakis/Romeo Tanghal/Vince Coletta Man-Bat story in which the Man-Bat reveals that he is the least curious superhero of all time.

Devil Dinosaur #3 (1978)

Incognito: Bad Influences #3

Marvel Team-Up #59-60 (1977). Featuring Spider-Man, Yellowjacket, and the Wasp. Boy, someone needs to write about the gender politics of superhero comics in the late 1970s that begins with this Claremont/Byrne collaboration. It’s clearly an attempt to shift the Wasp away from her dizzy dame characterization and to make her more of a credible physical threat in battles, but the solution they hit on—she’s driven by judgment-impairing intense emotion over the supposed death of Yellowjacket, who it turns out isn’t dead at all, and also had been secretly injecting her with a serum to increase her powers—is, let us say, problematic. (On a side note, isn’t it crazy that there is no ongoing Wasp series, or even a planned mini or anything? I mean, aside from the fact that she’s dead right now? Now that Gossip Girl’s popularity has peaked a year or two ago, isn’t this the perfect time for Marvel to debut a series about a strategically daffy but secretly iron-willed socialite heiress superhero? Possibly drawn by Colleen Coover? I would read this, Marvel.)

New Avengers #9. I think we can all agree that a Howard Chaykin-drawn Nick Fury: Caribbean Nazi Hunter series should definitely be in the works.

Our Fighting Forces #174 (1977). Featuring the Losers! Why can’t I go online right now and buy wallpaper featuring Joe Kubert’s Losers covers? I would totally decorate the nursery with them so our children could learn to be ever vigilant against the Nazis, even—especially—when it looks like things are finally going their way.

Osborn #3

Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Sabre #1 (1982). There is something sublime about confronting the sheer volume of text in this comic. Not sublime as in “super-duper,” but as in “too vast to comprehend with the rational mind, and yet somehow there is something pleasurable in the pain of the failed attempt to do so.” I think there is some lovely atmospheric Paul Gulacy artwork under the word balloons, but who can really say?

The Scorpion #3 (1975). The third and final issue of this Atlas/Seabord title, published after editorial conflicts drove series creator Howard Chaykin across the street to Marvel, where he re-christened the character Dominic Fortune. (Or so the story goes; I think the similarities between the characters are vastly overstated.) The new story, by Jim Craig and Gabriel Levy, updates the setting to the 70s, with a new character bearing the name, this one a more traditional superhero type. There’s a pretty good golem rampage here.

Superboy #212 (1975). Actually, forget that: The conclusion of the Legion of Super-Heroes back-up story in this issue is way, way creepier than anything in MTU.

Superman/Batman #79

Superman Family #188 (1978). Jose Garcia-Lopez cover!

Weird War Tales #108 (1981). You would think it would be impossible to write a boring story about the Creature Commandos, wouldn’t you?

Alright—off to Atlanta to talk about Captain America and the South.

One Response to “The Comics I Read Last Week: February 9-16”

  1. gorjus says:

    There are so many things to love here, but I’m going to have to go with “[t]here’s a pretty good golem rampage here.”