I can't hold off any longer! Spidey is my favorite superhero but, I didn't want him to be the first I'd write about. I also kind of figured that every Spider-Man book has probably been reviewed by lots of people a lot more educated in writing, history, art, ... grammar ... and common sense than me.
Regardless! I want to share my love of Marvel comics with people, and if no one will listen, I'll at least share it with the abyss that is "the internet"!
Spider-Man # 165 and #166 are very special to me. They have a lot of nostalgia attached to them as I got them when I was young. I got #165 first and I remember very specific events about it. I don't remember exactly how old I was but I think I was in 4th or 5th grade.
I was excited on this particular Saturday as I was able to ride the train to Ridgewood with my brother Jeff. This ment I would be coming back with baseball cards and comic books probably full from hoagies and iced cream.
I thought the Dinosaur man looked cool and it happened to be a cheap back issue. After I bought it, I remember my brother saying that it looked dumb. What?!
Dude. You're the one who got me hooked on Spider-Man comics, and they are all AWESOME! How dare you! I couldn't believe my bro would say something like that.
That evening, I remember reading it and thinking to myself, "That may have been the best comic book I have ever read."
I think I was trying to make it really good because I knew my brother was WRONG!
I recently read it and once again, I absolutely LOVED it.
With the X-Men stuck in the land of reprints until 1975, Magneto needs to find new heroes to toy with. He goes after a different "Uncanny" group this time. THE INHUMANS!
Our cover depicts the master of magnetism leading a gruesome army. He is directing them towards foes in wait, a level below. Black Bolt is bound and gagged but his loyal followers and devoted wife plan to defend. Medusa has a strand of her hair coiled about the arm of an unaware Magneto.
Gerry Conway scripts this 'Amazing Adventure'. The art for issue #9 is provided by Mike Sekowsky and Bill Everett. The interior also credits this as the first FULL LENGTH Inhumans story.
We open the comic to find our heroes in dire circumstance. Huddled into a small space, three of the Inhumans are hiding: Karnak, Gorgon, and Medusa..
Gorgon begins to complain but is quickly halted when he notices three hovering lights in the distance. He tells his friends to 'LOOK'! Karnak, doesn't bother to look as he is depressed. The fact that they are still in San Francisco is a bitter reminder of their failure. What failure you ask? Black Bolt, their king, is missing! They need to find him so they can return to their land and defeat MAD MAXIMUS.........
Medusa immediately reveals herself as the den mother as she keeps peace among them. Gorgon insists Karnak have a look at the sky. Karnak instantly recognizes the lights. It's the TRIKON! And, it could very well mean the end of The Inhumans. Shhhhhh! Medusa hears footsteps behind them. Hide better guys!