Jan 29, 2013

Spider-Man's Greatest Villains #110-101

For somebody who doesn't like Terry Kavanagh, I sure put a lot of his stuff on this blog.
(Spider-Man #25, written by Terry Kavanagh, art by Chris Marrinan)

We're almost halfway done!  As always, check out the master list to see the whole countdown!

Jan 13, 2013

OTP Oddity

In 1956, Atlas Comics (precursor to Marvel) began publishing Dan DeCarlo's short-lived humor series Sherry the Showgirl. In 1964, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced the villainous Kraven the Hunter in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man. In a storyline beginning in 2012, Stan Lee, his brother Larry Lieber, and Alex Saviuk paired the two up in the Spider-Man newspaper strip.

Stan Lee has the weirdest ships you guys seriously

(Cover scans courtesy of comics.org, newspaper strip courtesy Comics Curmudgeon.)

Jan 4, 2013

Might of a Thousand

In 1993, Topps Comics relaunched Jack Kirby's Silver Star as a miniseries under the auspices of writer Kurt Busiek and artist James W. Fry. Though the series was canned after only one issue, Busiek has revealed that he planned to pit the hero against an army of 1,000 supervillains - many of whom he and Fry managed to conceive, reportedly reaching somewhere in the upper 800s before the ax fell. Here is a two-page spread from that first issue, showcasing just a few members (relatively speaking) of that planned awesome army of evil.

While I'm amused by the flying catwoman - who I'm pretty sure Busiek has said is actually named Kittyhawk - take a closer look at the pink blob to the left of the Lightning Lady. Yes, Silver Star just barely avoided the terrible might of a Barney the Dinosaur/Godzilla crossbreed! Oh, the horrors...

Don't fret too much over Busiek and Fry's seemingly wasted efforts, though; apparently a number of their unused ideas ended up in Astro City. Whether any of the characters here are immediate predecessors to Astro City villains, though, I couldn't say.