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A Golden Age celebrationMay 9 2010
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Marvel celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2009. They released 11 specials of their wartime titles. These are surprisingly good. Some of them have the originality of the stories of the age, what we'd call now an independent flavor. In Captain America James Robinson and Marcos Martin tells us a story of 1940 Steve Rogers which shows how this 98-pound weakling had the moral qualities of the Captain America we know. All-Winners Comics shows us the 1946 All-Winners Squad aftermath of their fight in All Winners 21 as well as the difficulties of Jeff mace to live up to the Captain America's legend. All Select Comics gives us a hardboiled story of the Blonde Phantom in present day as well as a marvelous story of Marvex the Super-robot, certainly one of the best Golden Age inventions. In Sub-Mariner Comics Roy Thomas and Mitch Breitweiser present a story set in Sept 1940 where Namor questions his involvement in the conflict. Human Torch Comics features a tale about prejudice. USA Comics is a tale set in Oct 1941 of the relentless Destroyer. Marvel Mystery Comics has several heroes from the era in Spring 1941. Young Allies Comics updates us on what happened to these forgotten characters, a very good story inspired by Ed Brubaker's current run on Captain America. Mystic Comics by David Lapham is a noir story of the Vision, very much in the style of the Spectre. Miss America Comics revolves around women's work in factories during wartime. Daring Mystery Special reveals the origin of the Phantom Reporter from The Twelve. This volume is rounded up by the Marvel Mystery Handbook with entries on their Golden Age characters.
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Great WWII Timely Action!Jan. 5 2015
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This was an excellent collection of stories about Timely/Marvel's original characters from the Golden Age. It was also one of the few comic book "events" that I've been able to stomach over the past twenty years.
This collects all 12th of the anniversary specials, featuring Captain America, the original Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, the All Winners Squad, the Young Allies, and even such obscure characters as the Phantom Reporter and Marvex. A very fun read on all counts - GA characters infused but not overpowered by modern sensibilities, without a lot of deconstruction. The only disappointing feature is that it doesn't containt the Marvel Handbook for the series.
Awesome Tribute to pre-Marvel Timely Titles with the Big Three ProminentAug. 18 2015
Dan Pace (feral atom)
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Collects Marvel's 70th Anniversary Timely Collection of issue #1s from their original super-hero titles: Captain America Comics #1, Sub-mariner Comics #1, Human Torch Comics #1, Marvel Mystery Comics #1, Miss America Comics #1, Young Allies #1, U.S.A Comics #1, All Select Comics #1, All Winners Comics #1, Mystic Comics #1 and Daring Mystery Comics #1. Extras include the variant covers for each issue. Most of the covers and variants are outstanding. The collection is published as an oversized-hardcover and printed by RR Donnelley of Salem, VA.
I grew up thinking that Marvel didn't exist before Fantastic Four #1. Little did I know that Timely/Atlas had such a rich history. In the mid-50's, Atlas grew to be the dominant publisher (on unit sales and number of titles). I had no idea until a few years ago.
Since then, I've been devouring the Golden Age and Atlas Era Masterworks. Thank you Marvel! I love them.
The one thing that surprised me is the radically different art in the collection. It can be jarring at first. A couple of the artists tried to be homages to the 40s and others didn't. After a second read, I ended up liking nearly all the stories.
I'll try my best to keep the highlights spoiler free.
Captain America Comics: "What Makes the Man" is an adventure tale about Steve Rogers before the Super Soldier Serum, showing his perseverance. I love the cover by Marcos Martin where he creates a different take on the famous original cover by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon for Captain America Comics #1 in 1941. Another nice flourish is the double-page spread, which Cap had nearly every issue in the early 40s and the Human Torch flying over the city skyline.
Sub-Mariner Comics: Mitch Breitweiser and Roy Thomas create an excellent tale about Namor, police officer Betty Dean, and a fair German maiden. The Torch vs. Namor homage panel was a nice bonus. Just like the original Quarterly, there are two different Namor tales in this issue. "Vergeltungswaffe!" is another excellent story, this one by the great Al Williamson and Mark Schultz. The title was the original name for the Nazi V-weapon program in the 40s and means "retaliatory weapon" in German. Both of these stories recreate the essence of the volatile yet regal prince of the sub-mariners. These are two of my favorites in this collection. The end note has a dedication to Bill Everett. Nice touch.
Human Torch Comics: Scott Wegener's art in this story is reminiscent of Ryan Ottley's from Invincible (one of my favorite current comics), but I don't think he was a good fit for an anniversary tale. It's not bad and the story by Scott Snyder is okay… I don't know. Maybe they were trying to make sure people understood this isn't Johnny Storm.
Marvel Mystery Comics: An awesome homage cover by Paolo Rivera. Here's a guy who gets it. Giant-sized Namor and Torch kicking the crap out of the fascists. Modern looking yet a fine tribute to the past. The sub drawings are very cool. Schomberg-esque. Inside, the art by Chris Burnham has a bit of a Frank Robbins vibe from the 70s series the Invaders. "Project: Blockbuster" has Namor, Betty, Ferret, The Human Torch and Toro, the Angel, and Electro the Marvel of the Age separated in chapters focusing on each before the team-up at the end. Very well done. Tom DeFalco's script is engaging and reminiscent.
Miss America Comics: Andy MacDonald and Jen Van Meter put together a fantastic story in "Shipyard Sabotage", summoning up the ghosts of plotlines past, where early Timely had such a focus on the fear of 5th columnists. The intro gets Whizzer and Blue Diamond from the 70s retcon "Liberty Legion" in on the action. Miss America is so kick-butt in this one. It really left me wanting issue #2 (which is promised in the teaser "the Dark Dungeon.")
Young Allies: I liked the art and the story is good (of course, it's Roger Stern) but it's a bit depressing. Paolo Rivera should've done another couple of stories. His art here is just as good as his cover art for Marvel Mystery and the cover for this issue.
U.S.A. Comics: The Destroyer! Such a cool idea for a character. Stan Lee's first creation for Marvel. Steve Ellis and John Arcudi create a fantastic issue that has blazing action and a powerful ending.
All Select Comics: "Murder on Another Planet" is a hard boiled detective story expertly written by Marc Guggenheim and drawn by Javier Pulido. I would love to see an ongoing series from these two. I loved the fact that all-time great Russ Heath did the cover.
All Winners Comics: Karl Kesel and Steve Uy do an excellent homage in "Old Soldiers Never Die." They even resurrect Future Man, a villain from All Winners #21 (Winter 1946-47).
Mystic Comics: the original Vision, creation of Kirby and Simon, is featured in this horror mystery straight out of the 40s. I would almost believe it was written or at least plotted by Simon and Kirby instead of David Lapham does art and story on this issue and concocts a terror straight out of the past.
Daring Mystery: Phantom Reporter's tale by David Liss and Jason Armstrong is a good one.
Marcos Martin's variant covers are mostly spectacular with a couple that I think fall flat (Miss America and Young Allies). The others are excellent and I'm glad they're included.
All in all, a really excellent collection of modern stories that pay tribute to the pre-Marvel world of Timely. Many of them left me wanting a continuing series. I hope Marvel revisits these characters again for their next anniversary celebration. It's probably too late for 75th, but maybe the 80th?
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An almost-great tribute to the Golden Age of super-heroesJan. 15 2015
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Celebrating the World War II-era precursors of the Marvel Comics heroes, this book has some terrific stories -- especially the "All Winners" book, which features a great sequel by Karl Kesel ("Captain America: Patriot") to Golden Age issue #21's All Winner Squad team-up, "Menace From the Future World," and Tom DeFalco's use of the entire "cast" of "Marvel (Mystery) Comics" (which includes the best-looking Angel story ever). However, by leaving out all of the Golden Age reprints that accompanied the modern-day versions, this collection loses much of its charm. I'm just grateful I had the 11 original single issues with which to compare this deluxe hardback, and I'm going to stick with them. For those who would just as soon skip the reprints, this oversized volume may be just the right addition to their collection. But, for this fan of the World War II era Timely Comics, half the fun of reading this collection is now missing. The story drawn by Lee Elias in "Sub-Mariner Comics" is a refreshing change from the late 1940s Namor, who was truly grotesque, and the two Marvex The Super Robot tales in "All Select Comics" are either just plain weird or truly brilliant satire.
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IF YOU WANNA SEE CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE OTHER TIMELY HEROES WHIP NAZI LOSERS FROM FRONT TO BACK, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER!Nov. 24 2013
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This is just great comics book reading in the palm of your hands!
Man, oh, man! This book is on fire! I got a major soft spot in my fan-boy heart for WW2 era super heroes and this book lovingly takes the classic TIMELY (pre-Marvel Comics era super heroes) and gives them all new stories and exciting adventures to add onto or expand upon their classic capers!
The first story, which features my favorite Avenger of all time, Capt. America, is worth the price of admission alone with it's cool storyline and amazing art! Plus, I totally enjoyed THE ALL-WINNERS SQUAD saga and would totally love to see more of their WW2 era adventures as well. Also, THE DESTROYER comic book story was majorly bad-ass, too! This dude, THE DESTROYER, went behind enemy lines and ripped through a sea of Nazis just like extremely cold Russian weather did though evil Axis boots. It was awesome!
But, oh! It doesn't just stop there! In this book, I was pleasantly surprised that I found other classic heroes to cheer for as well... like grim and cunning, THE PHANTOM REPORTER (who kept reminding me of the WW2 DC Comics' hero, THE CRIMSON AVENGER for some reason); the dashing costumed detective, THE ANGEL, and the sexy and determined, THE BLONDE PHANTOM!
What's also cool is that this book has some amazing comic book covers/promo artwork spotlighting the heroes within this volume!...Right on!
However,though, there were a few turkeys...I mean, uh, stories that were kind of lame and should have been left out of this book like THE VISION, MARVEX:THE SUPER ROBOT (ugh! painfully bad!), an adult Bucky Barnes filling in as the new Capt. America (also painfully bad, for me, and a majorly huge turn off!...There's only one Captain America and his name is Steve "Get The Hell Out Of My Costume, Son" Rogers! Bucky Barnes should have stayed dead! It made Capt. America even more interesting to have his young partner's death on his soul!) Thus, these few stories knock a potentially five star book down to a four star rating right here on Amazon.com!
You know, I might be a hopeless Capt. America fan-boy, but I'm truly looking forward to another fantastic outing of Timely's WW2 era super heroes!