Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Marvel 1965: Daredevil

 DD switches to his red costume by issue 7, along with his cane cable.


He's also using gear to amplify his sensory abilities

By issue 11 he's left his partnership with Foggy - I don't remember this happening quite this fast or what happens next. Stay tuned, true believers!


Collected in Daredevil Epic Collection: The Man Without Fear, available in ebook and paperback from Amazon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

TV Horror Anthology: Darkroom - Closed Circuit

Darkroom 
Closed Circuit

A TV anchor is replaced by a computer simulations, shades of Videodrome two years later.  Of course, we can do this on our phones now.


"We can keep you looking in your late 40s forever"

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Mathew Swain 1: Hot Time in Old Town by Mike McQuay

Mathew Swain 1
Hot Time in Old Town
by Mike McQuay
1981 Bantam

Proto-cyberpunk hard boiled detective story, done better and a year earlier than Blade Runner.  Mathew Swain is a wisecracking PI in the Chandler vein, hired by an aging millionaire to investigate the death of his son.  As is often the case, the investigation quickly gets personal and the original assignment gets all but forgotten.

Life is cheap in the world of the future. Entire apartment complexes are destroyed to cover evidence, laser cannons slice bodies and buildings in half, and meat wagons gather the corpses, dumping them in acid. Swain teams up with an old flame who runs the underground against an evil CEO, and dips it's toe in men's adventure levels of violence.

The action gets derailed by a diversion through mutant territory and being held for trial, which was just a bunch of sub-Three Stooges monkey cheese nonsense, before the plot gets resolved in a violent anti-climax.

Good mix of science fiction with hardboiled detective, but the mix of men's adventure and detective had some pacing issues.

Paperback from AbeBooks

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Marvel 1964 Overview

Firsts

First Captain America vs Iron Man fight

We get our first face turn with Crimson Dynamo, and they start telegraphing Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch's face turn next year.

Our first faked death with Tony Stark, and our first scheduling snafu as this death is announced in Avengers a month before it happens in Tales of Suspense.

Copied plotlines

Both Mr. Fantastic and Spider-Man get sick within a month of each other - not part of a plot, just a regular flu, used only for dramatic purposes

In the same month, Cobra & Mr. Hyde and Dr. Strange use a technique to follow an image and trace it back to a location.

In the same month Mr Fantastic and Giant Man planned to propose & chicken out - Foggy does the same later in the year.

Giant-Man/Wasp and Spider-Man are both lured into a fake movie like the Fantastic Four was.

Secret Identities 

Asgardians in general know about Thor's alter ego as Don Blake.

Giant-Man's identity is discovered, but not for long thanks to Hank Pym's ethically questionable ability to mind wipe.

Bruce Banner is called "Bob" by mistake in FF 25, which eventually led to a string of multiple middle names

Limbo

Loki uses it to hold prisoners, and Immortus travels in and out of it, but there is no unified field theory on it yet

Misc

I always thought the emphasis on Namor being a mutant was a 90s phenomena, but he and Thor both refer to Namor as a mutie.

The X-Man have a working relationship, to the point they can call each other.

We get two Beverly Hillbillies references (Aunt May and Ben Grimm).

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Series Showdown: Raker vs Mondo

It's Reagan era bigotry vs 70s street racism. Raker is killed instantly with an icepick up the rectum and Mondo keeps on truckin'.