Issue(s): Cat #3
Greer Nelson investigates a strange sonar signal she noticed while scuba-diving in Lake Michigan (!) while on a date with her the lawyer of Dr. Tumolo (who is still comatose). She finds what first appears to be a secret Navy base. She is captured...
...but then gets free when a loser pirate called the Kraken attacks the base.
She helps the sailors fight off the Kraken and then leaves. The sailors turn out to be cat-like aliens, and they fly off in their flying saucer, impressed with the females of Earth.
Greer and Everett's art starts off very nice, but in the second half of the book all the backgrounds disappear.
It's worth noting that unlike the Invisible Girl and the Scarlet Witch, this wave of female super-heroes (The Cat and Shanna the She-Devil) are a lot more physical in their powers/fighting styles.
This is the first issue to have letters, and the responses are generally positive, including letters from Frank Miller and Bob Henley. But the highlight is a letter from a guy who signs his name Cincinnatus:
We kinda wish you'd signed your real name to this missive, Cincinnatus. After all, it's pretty hard to be dignified while hiding behind an alias.
Like Marvel's issues dealing with racism, it amazes me how such innocent and obvious seeming stuff was perceived as radical at the time it was published. It is possible that the civil rights movements have so dramatically changed the perception of modern readers that we can't go back and appreciate these things properly.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: A flashback shows that "several weeks" have passed since the end of last issue. Marvel Team-Up #8 could therefore take place between then and now. Dr. Tumolo appears in a portion of the flashback that takes place not long before the beginning of the main story, so i've tagged her as a character appearing.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
its great that you include letters from the period some times. It shows just how our modern perceptions can't evaluate these comics fairly.
Posted by: kveto | August 27, 2016 5:17 AM
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