Unca Ben

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  1. My folks bought me this. Probably still have it in a beat-up readers box.
  2. When I was 12 there weren't any comic book stores ...actually, there were a few - but none anywhere near me.
  3. It's kinda amazing that superheroes have lasted in popularity as long as they have, compared to other genres.
  4. Wow! Those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
  5. I've attributed Wolverine's claws to Leonus, an Inhuman from Incredible Hulk Special #1, Oct. 1968. I could swear there might be a snikt-like sound in one of his early Hulk appearances, too. I could be wrong about that.
  6. Yep. That's a Ditko Spidey and a Romita Goblin composite. A similar thing was done a couple months earlier on Marvel Collectors' Item Classics #12, where interior images of a FF story were used for the main image of a composite cover, with additional art as needed by bullpener John V. I recognized the images even way back in the day, when I bought these books off the stands. I'm sure I wasn't the only one.
  7. You may also be friendly debating with folks who have read the books and know the year and era, since they picked them up off the stands as they came out. Just sayin'
  8. The first three issues of Air War Stories have great painted covers. They blew me away as a kid, too. GCD has Vic Prezio as the painter of this cover. The first two could have been Prezio as well (?).
  9. The DD 15 Ox story is really good; among the best early DD stories if not the best. It's my favorite. I'm surprised it doesn't get more love. Mebbe because of it's similarity to the classic FF #51 story, even though the DD story was a couple months earlier.
  10. Egyptian Queen, Destroyer, Berzerker. Snow Giants or Silver Warrior or Sea Witch might make the list on a different day.
  11. Ultron's a cool villain. Actually, Roy Thomas and John Buscema created some pretty neat characters on their initial run in issues 41-62. The Red Guardian, the Grim Reaper, Ultron, the Vision, Yellowjacket, and the Man-Ape. Not bad. Back when The House of Ideas really was the house of ideas.