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  The 1970's were nuts!  Maybe it was the aftermath the 60's.  Maybe it was the influence of psychedelia.  Or, maybe JIM STARLIN and his fellow friends at Marvel were just plain lunatics.
     Don't believe me?  Check out the art and story of CAPTAIN MARVEL #33.
     If I was wearing a hat, it would go off to Jim Starlin.  Not olny did he plot this tale, he also penciled and colored it.  Steve Englehart did the script while Klaus Janson inked it.
     Opening the comic we find Rick Jones aka Capt. Marvel going toe to toe with THANOS.     
     (Yes, this is part of Marvel's period were they felt Rick Jones needed to be inserted somewhere ... all the time.  In this part of his career he is bound to Captain Marvel.
     He put on the Nega Bands at some point and when touched together he becomes the Captain while Rick goes to the Negative Zone.  When he is Rick, Captain Marvel is stuck in the Negative Zone.)  Anyway ...
     After a 2-page, 26 panel super awesome flashback, we are treated to a Thanos origin.       
     After being exiled from his planet TITAN, Thanos returned  to slaughter the land and repopulate it with "outcast aliens".
     Kronos, a "near-god" creates DRAX THE DESTROYER to counter Thanos.  Lots of fighting and confusing things happen and then we can finally turn to page 3, which is presented to you there on the left.

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     It is on this page we learn ISAAC, Thanos' sentient computer is watching and recording everything.  
     Thanos got his hands on THE COSMIC CUBE, and has gained infinite power.  After imprisoning his foes, Thanos performs the "Grand Transformation" and becomes part of the universe.
     See what I mean?  Only 3 pages in and I feel like I have to contact an animal spirit just to keep pace.  
     After draining the Cosmic Cube of it's power Thanos discarded it.  Rick Jones picks it up and flees to earth.  Thanos follows him, Rick taps the Nega-Bands together and becomes Captain Marvel.  The two powerhouses begin to fight.
     Thanos manhandles Capt. Marvel but leaves him alive.  Thanos goes off to do more important things while Mar-Vell is awoken by ISAAC the computer man.  (ISAAC stands for Integrel Synaptic Ant-Anionic Computer in case you wanted to know.)
     Still in possession of the Cube, Mar-Vell tries to think of a new plan.
     Thanos sees the Avengers approching and with a thought is able to disable them.  He shifts them one heartbeat forward in the Space/Time Continuum thus making them unseen to all on earth.
      Elsewhere, Moondragon and Thanos' dad MENTOR are working on their own plan.  It involves rescuing the original inhabitants of TITAN.  Seventeen of the original 114 are still alive.
     Wondering how he can use the Cosmic Cube, Captain Marvel is startled by MANTIS.  (Mantis is annoying as she always refers to herself as "This One" or in some other abstract 3rd person.)

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     Mantis is not affected by Thanos' "Phase-Shift" as ... "This one has perfect control of mind and body."  She has her own theories about the Cosmic Cube.
     Suddenly, DRAX the DESTROYER shows up and blasts Thanos.  Upset by this, Thanos transforms into his universal god-state.  With his mind, he launches an entire skyscraper at Drax and Mar-Vell.
      

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     See what I mean?  This issue has some heavy themes.  Let's take a break and enjoy this issue's MARVEL VALUE STAMP.
     Take a deep breath.  Let THOR's massive muscles relax your mind.
Okay.  Ready to move on?  Me either ...  Five more deep breathes.

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     Captain Marvel leaves Drax to fight Thanos alone while he gets the Cosmic Cube.  He has one last idea.
     He is approached by Isaac and Mantis.  They have linked their minds.  Good thing for Mar-Vell as "This One" has brought him the Cube.
  They come up with a kooky 1970's plan.
     Isaac and Mantis propose that a god must be worshipped.  Thanos exists, yet no one worships him but himself.
    They know about "Death", Thanos' would be girlfriend, but they think she is not a worshipper.
  A god can not worship it's self.
  Thus, if Thanos is not a god, then his power is not self generating and he must somehow still be drawing power from the Cube.
     They realize that Thanos only discarded the Cosmic Cube to make people think he did not need it!  
     In fact, he is still drawing power from the cosmic cube!
     Thanos realizes they know his secret and begins to alter reality.

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     With reality warped, Thanos punishes Mar-Vell further by aging him rapidly.  Captain Marvel's hair turns gray, and then he goes bald as you can see in the page to the right.
     In a last ditch effort, old man Mar-Vell dives and karate chops the cosmic cube.

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     The plan worked!  The cube explodes and Thanks lets out a long winded scream.
     Mistress Death aka DEATH, his female love interest finds the outcome funny as Thanos becomes a twinkle in her eye.
     Things revert to normal, but everyone is so stunned that no one speaks.  Drax has no sense of purpose and flies off sad.
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  My head hurts ... but I LOVED THAT ISSUE.
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     This is somewhat enrelated, but I am annoyed with WIKIPEDIA!
     On their Thanos page they state that he discarded what he believed to be a drained cosmic cube.  However, this issue states that he discarded it on purpose to make people believe it was drained when in fact he still drew power from it.
     I refuse to update anything on Wiki since nerds, nerdier than myself changed my Tigra update!!!
     In Marvel Premiere #42 she is called Greer Garson, not Greer Grant and I thought it might be an interesting tidbit.  
     AND, the same issue clearly states that Cat-People have the one time ability to project a ghost like version of themselves when their lives are in danger.  However, using this aspect of their power set results in death.
     I was only trying to help but some lustful Tigra fan felt only he can add to her page and DELETED my update.   For that I am now jaded and will not be updating "Wrong-a-pedia" ... EVER!!!!!    (Take that world!)

 
 
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     I was never a HUGE fan of Marvel TEAM-UP.  So, when I impulsively bought an eBay lot of SUPER-VILLAIN Team-Up, I was kind of upset with myself.  I've made worse purchases but, I have a habit of buying Marvel comics I don't really need.
     I am quite happy to announce that, even though I am still a little nauseous for adding to an already overwhelming collection, I am pleased with the reading thus far.
    As I said, I never had a great fondness of MTU.  I only have a handful of MTU issues so, I didn't know what to expect from Super-Villains getting together.
     First off, I never considered NAMOR to be a "Super-Villain".  He's portrayed as a jerk sometimes, and other times he is helping the good guys.   So, I've never known quite what to make of him.  With all that being said, the ride that is SVTU is a fun one.
     Issue #3 is actually the 5th in the series.  Before the title launched with #1, there were two large prequels in the form of GIANT-SIZE Super-Villain Team-Up #1 & 2.  
     Those two comics laid the groundwork for the plot that unravels in the first three issues of the ongoing SVTU comic.

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     The series starts out with Namor proposing that he and DR. DOOM form an alliance.        
     They end up getting angry with each other, fight, and then part their separate ways.  By issue #1 of the ongoing series DOOM really thinks that forging an alliance is the right way to go.  Namor doesn't trust Doom at all and needs time to think it over.  
     All of the Atlanteans at this point are in a comatose state.  Namore doesn't know how to help his people and decides to stop by HYDROBASE.
     He has no idea that ATTUMA, Dr. Dorcas and TIGERSHARK have the floating island on lock down.  There is an amphibian race inhabiting the island and everyone remains captured except for two: Dr. Jennings and a woman named Betty Dean.  Both of which had formerly been humans but have been transformed into their current amphibian state.  Namor and Betty used to be lovers.
     While poking around on the island, Namor is ambushed by the three villains.  He gets beat up real bad and is then placed in a torture room.
     DOOM, who has been spying on all the goings on through a mechanical camera-fish realizes this is a perfect time to show Namor his worth.
     With the help of Betty's knowledge of the lair, Victor Von Doom breaks in and releases Namor.
     Betty is shot and killed in an ensuing brawl and Namor loses control to a furious rage.

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Tamara Rahn bondage torture scene!
     As Namor tries to take on three not so super-villains, Doom ends up smaking him on the head thus knocking him out.
    The doctor's intentions were good however, as it was not a fight Namor was going to win.
     Doom teleports them both to Latveria.  Here, he places Namor in a homemade brine concoction to help him regain his strength.
     When Namor climbs out, he is first action is to kick Doom's butt.  Alas, he realizes that Dr. Doom actually saved his life.
     Doom's overall goal is for both of them to conquer the earth.  Thumbs up to JIM SHOOTER as the next scene is really cool.
     Dr. Doom knows how much revenge can weigh on the heart and decides to come up with a plan that will avenge Betty Dean's death.
     They both go back to Hydrobase where Doom shows off his smarts.
     In his own ship he systematically begins to take out the defenses, creating a perfect diversion for Namor to save the captured people.
     Namor takes care of business while Dorcas, Tigershark and Attuma go to see what all the hubbub is about.

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     Doom had an awesome plan and Namor almost blows it for both of them.  Namor was given a powerful gun by Doom.  Subby uses it on the three villains and they all get frozen by the beam emitted.  Stupidly, the Sub-Mariner decides this is no way to win a fight and turns it off.  He then single handedly takes on all three men.
     Dr. Doom's power levels are depleted and he is forced to evacuate his ship.  Unable to fight an encroaching mob, he flees on foot.
     A funny thing happens as SARU-SAN, (Attuma's court jester) begins to taunt Victor Von Doom by call him the TERRIBLE TIN-POT.
     Meanwhile, the tide is turned against Namor as Tigershark lands a punishing blow.  

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     Because Namor was too selfish to follow a strategic plan, Doom finds himself underneath the heel of Kor-Konn.  Things look grim as Attuma's men are ready to deliver defeat.
     Doom finds two explosives and devises one more plan.  This one however is far more reckless.
     Thrusting the warheads together, DOOM creates a large explosion, killing all around him.  The only thing saving him is his fine set of armor.
     On the other side of the beach, Namor has been able to rebound and takes out Dr. Dorcas, Attuma and Tigershark.

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     Attuma is turned over to his captors and Dr. Doom has one final gesture.
     Although he came up with a clever nickname, Saru-San is dim witted.      
     Fearing for his life he begs Doom not to kill him.
     Like many men, Doom's ego is unable to let the little things go.  Being mocked is one of those "little things".  Doom tells Saru-San he will give him peace.  
     Saru-San is pleased by this.  Doom then asks Saru-San to show him how he defeated Attuma's men.
     Picking up two more warheads, Saru-San cluelessly taps them together.
     A huge explosion bursts forth leaving nothing but a smoking, charred spot where the jester once was.
     Doom's version of peace is much different than most men's.  
     I guess that's what you get for calling a SUPER-VILLAN a terrible tin-pot.
     Seeing this, Namor realizes the alliance he has formed is an uneasy one.
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     The issue is somewhat a forgettable one mostly because of Sub-Mariner.  His rogues gallery is not very entertaining.
     Dr. Doom's mind is however, making it a very enjoyable read.

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If it's one thing you learn at LaSalle, ... it's how to smile!