Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy 91st Birthday, Stan Lee!

It's that time of the year again--yep, it's HIS birthday.   Happy Birthday to the Man!

Stan Lee 91 birthday

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Medusa and Reed!

Some Reed-Medusa interaction from the good old Frightful Four days. And for even more Medusa and Reed and Frightful Four, check out my Panelocity blog!

Medusa snags Stretcho in Fantastic Four #38

The full Kirby panel:
Fantastic Four 38 Lee-Kirby

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nick Cardy 1920-2013

The great artist and gentleman Nick Cardy has passed away at the age of 93. His work in the fields of advertising, illustration, and comics was always singular; you could never mistake a drawing by Cardy as being by another artist.

In addition to Cardy's superlative work on superhero comics--his Silver Age Aquaman and Teen Titans are the stuff of legends--he was a master of many other comic book genres, including romance and western titles. Cardy was also one of the earliest and most design oriented artists in comics; take a look at a few of his innovative Aquaman covers (1968-1970) below.

Rest in peace, Mr. Cardy.

Aquaman by Cardy

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sue or Medusa? The Battle Continues!

The public has spoken! It's Medusa by a landslide. Are you paying attention, Marvel?! Send Sue off to Atlantis so Reed can ensconce himself in Medusa's matchless "invincible scarlet tresses."

Fantastic Four 42 Frightful Four Medusa
Fantastic Four #42 (1965) Sue vs. Medusa!

Let's face it, Reed and Medusa have always naturally gravitated to one another. Look at this classic cover in all its versions. Everyone else is charging straight ahead, but notice how Medusa and Reed "lean" into one another. Body language doesn't lie.

"Reed and Medusa"
Fantastic Four #82 and its descendants

Reed and Medusa's chemistry is so blindingly obvious that everyone--Ben, Johnny, Crystal, random citizens of Attilan--can't help but notice it. Well, everyone except for Black Bolt, who as usual is oblivious to what's going on right under his nose. And for even more Medusa, Inhuman and FF goodness, check out my Panelocity site!
"Reed and Medusa Fantastic Four #83"
Fantastic Four #83

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jack Kirby's 96th Birthday

Taking a break from our Medusa marathon to post a belated commemoration of Jack Kirby's birthday. As I'm sure most of you already know, on this past August 28th he would have been 96.  By now you've probably read the wonderful tributes; but if not,  Heidi MacDonald's and Tom Spurgeon's are good places to start.

Here, a few of my favorite faces by the King:

Kirby Syd Shores Captain America #109
Captain America #109

Kirby splash panel of Loki
Thor #175

As many have noted, here Reed seems to be a Kirby self-portrait.
Kirby and Sinnott splash panel of Reed and Sue in Fantastic Four #79
Fantastic Four #79

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

More Marvelous Medusa

Very pressed for time...but as I did promise to post some pretty pictures, here are a few featuring--yep, you guessed it--the marvelous, mysterious Madame M.  Enjoy the pulchritude, and have a great Labor Day, everyone! Hard to believe the summer is almost over.

The Pre-Raphaelites would have adored Medusa; but really, she would have been the perfect artistic subject for any era.
Fantastic Four 41-FrightfulFour-Medusa
Fantastic Four #41 (1965) The glorious Medusa by Kirby and Colletta

From Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #21 (1969), the work of the young Barry Windsor-Smith.
Medusa pin-up by Barry Windsor-Smith
Medusa Pin-Up in Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #21

This is a gorgeous pin-up from Fantastic Four Annual #5 (1967), courtesy of Messrs. Kirby (who else??) and Giacoia.

Medusa of the Inhumans pin-up by Jack Kirby
Medusa Pin-Up in Fantastic Four Annual #5

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Madame Medusa and the Men of the Fantastic Four!

More marvelous Medusa musings! We've recently ruminated on a missed opportunity: Medusa hooking up with Reed during the time he and Sue were separated in the mid-1970s. Looking at Medusa's history, it seems she's always had her eye on Reed...even back in the Frightful Four days when she was joining the Sandman for a spot of tea. 

When Medusa officially joined the Fantastic Four in 1973, the lady with the living locks was right there to help out Reed whenever he became distraught about Sue. Sure, when helping Reed Medusa had a tendency to "play rough"  (to use the Sandman's phrase)...but she sometimes followed that up with a dinner invitation, so all was forgiven.

And although nothing ever happened romance-wise, maybe just maybe deep-down Reed felt the same way--he sure didn't seem to like the sight of Medusa cozying up with Johnny, did he?

Well, I suppose Mr. Richards was a wee too distracted to properly appreciate Medusa's abundant charms. Perhaps Ben, with his down to earth manner and gruff charm--"Do me a favor, Red--don't do me any favors!"--would have been a better match for her, but he was dating Alicia; plus Thundra had the hots for him, so his dance card was full...

...but in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #2, away from the heat of the battle, Medusa's preening and Ben's appreciative. Can't you just feel their chemistry here?

Fantastic Four's Ben Grimm and Medusa in the Roaring Twenties

Now onto Johnny. In the FF lettercols, Marvel queried the readers about the possibility of a Medusa-Johnny romance (never mind that in every other issue all Johnny did was bend Medusa's ear about her sister, Crystal).  In response some readers said yes, others vetoed the idea. Then Marvel said that they'd leave it up to the next creative team to decide, and then--poof!--Medusa finished her tour of duty with the FF and hightailed it back to the Inhumans and her ever-lovin' Black Bolt.

So, no romance ever blossomed between Medusa and Johnny. But no sooner does Medusa leave the FF in #159, then what does Johnny do but fall for a stunner who bears a resemblance to a certain Marvel-ous redhead (and not just MJ!)...well, see for yourself, Tiger!

Johnny Storm and Frankie Raye

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sue or Medusa? What a difference a decade makes!

Recently,  commenter Anonymous opined that Reed should have hooked up with Medusa
back when Sue left him, and I agree!  Regrettably, that never came to pass--that would have been one hell of a storyline--but as a consolation, here's a rollickin' Rich Buckler panel from Fantastic Four #157 with Medusa doing her best Sue imitation. 

I'd say the marvelous Madame M. looks pretty good alongside Mr. Fantastic, don't you think? ;)
Fantastic Four #45 - Jack Kirby                                        Fantastic Four #157 - Rich Buckler

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