Sub-Mariner Masterworks Vol. 1 Hardcover – Jan 14 2004
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Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is also the chairman and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills.
Since 1965, Roy Thomas has been writing for movies, television, and especially comic books. With notable runs on Avengers, X-Men, Conan the Barbarian, Incredible Hulk, and Star Wars; he served as a Marvel editor from 1965-80 and editor-in-chief from 1972-74. He currently edits Alter Ego and writes two online Tarzan strips as well as the occasional comic book. He and his wife Dann live in South Carolina.
Wallace Allan Wood (1927 1981) rebooted Marvel's Daredevil, designing the iconic costume that recently appeared on the smash hit Netflix series. He was one of the best and funniest cartoonists of the earliest iteration of Mad magazine and, thanks to his work on the EC Comics line, he is also widely considered one of America s greatest science-fiction cartoonists. With his magazine anthology witzend, he helped pioneer underground/independent comics publishing.
Jack Kirby (1917-1994)isone of the unqualified giants in American comic book history.His most famous co-creation, Captain America, is in a major motion picture film franchise from Marvel Studios.
Bill Everett, the creator of the Sub-Mariner and the co-creator of Daredevil, died in 1973. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It's a blast watching Gene Colan develop. At first he is somewhat hobbled by Vince Colletta's inking, but as his style develops, Colletta is forced to improve too. Bill Everett inks 2 issues, and their opposite styles really blend well. To my surprise, Colan's most stunning art (before Doctor Strange) are the two issues #80 & #81 inked boldly by Dick Ayers. The art is fluid and like distorted, odd-angle photographs. Though Colan would return for fill-ins on Sub-Mariner #'s 10, 11, and a run in the 40's, he never captured the majesty, arrogance and power of Namor as he did in the two best issues of TOS. The quest theme allows the extended storylines that Stan Lee excelled in. It's funny how Namor goes from being cool & stand-offish to the smitten Dorma, but a few issues later is head-over-heels & launching into violent tirades of jealousy. Much of the writing is humorous since Namor is so headstrong and sometimes insulting to his minions. Lucky for us he never took anger management classes.
The issues by Jerry Grandinetti & Bill Everett are good too, though Everett's style was so stylized, it looked dated by the '60's (& pre-historic by the mid-70's, before his untimely death). But let's be clear, Everett created Sub-Mariner by himself. Part of Stan Lee's genius was bringing back characters from another era, like Subby & Cap, and making them exciting to newer fans.
The Kirby fill-ins are fantastic, because The King never got to draw Namor & Iron Man enough. Usually just guest-stint in early FF or Avengers. His Iron Man is classic, and even if you don't like his take on Namor, no one, but nobody draws action sequences like Kirby. On top of that, you get a Wally Wood Daredevil vs. Sub Mariner issue, at the peak of Wood's style. Overall a fine collection at a decent price.
That said, the single issue where Namor meets Daredevil is pure genius. In addition, though in the back of my mind my old Latin professor is shaking his head, after a few issues you find that Stan's nearly random exclamations of "Imperius Rex!" start to grow on you.
All in all, a decent, if not impressive, read for Silver Age comic fans.