First Pre-code Werewolf Story by Don Heck


As if Marvel superb Werewolf By Night Omnibus wasn’t stuffed to the gills (fangs?) with werewolf stories, thefanaticfour decided to give you our own extras, posting two original werewolf tales from the pre-code pre-Marvel Atlas era. From Dead of Night #4, June 1974 comes this excellent John Romita cover (possibly penciled and inked). The original… Read More First Pre-code Werewolf Story by Don Heck

Marvel’s Monster of Frankenstein TPB


This review is for: Monster of Frankenstein Vol. 1 (Paperback) Collects The Monster of Frankenstein 1-18, Giant-Sized Werewolf 2, Marvel Team-up 36-37, material from Monsters Unleashed 2, 4-10, and Legion of Monsters #1 (1975). Ploog’s artwork is excellent on the Frankenstein issues. The overall collection has several highpoints and a few lowpoints. The retelling of Shelley’s… Read More Marvel’s Monster of Frankenstein TPB

Sub-Mariner: Imperius Rex, the First Flying Hero


  Marvel’s first character debuted in a special promotional called Motion Picture Funnies in April 1939. Creator Bill Everett repackaged the story and added new pages to fit the format Martin Goodman had in mind for Marvel Comics #1 in October 1939.   He was Marvel’s first hero (technically,  the original versions of The Human Torch,… Read More Sub-Mariner: Imperius Rex, the First Flying Hero

Golden Age Captain America Omnibus: A foundational work towards the modern Marvel Comics


This review is from: Golden Age Captain America Omnibus Volume 1 (Marvel Omnibus) (Hardcover) Kirby’s inventiveness is on display out of the gate on a cornerstone character of the modern Marvel. In addition, some of Stan Lee’s earliest comic writing is contained here, 21 stories in all, including text stories. Two decades before Martin Goodman… Read More Golden Age Captain America Omnibus: A foundational work towards the modern Marvel Comics

Bill Everett’s Final Run on Sub-Mariner Collected in Masterworks Volume 7


This review is from: Marvel Masterworks: Sub-Mariner Volume 7 Bill Everett created Marvel’s first hero in 1939. Namor’s first adventure for Marvel appeared in Marvel Comics #1. This volume contains the fifth and last run by the series creator. He launched the title in the pre-war years, before being drafted into the Armed Forces in… Read More Bill Everett’s Final Run on Sub-Mariner Collected in Masterworks Volume 7