Marvel Team-Up #123
Bizarre Adventures #28 had a strange history. First, it was supposed to be a full-length Red Sonja story by Claremont/Bolton. Then Jim Shooter and maybe some other folks got confused over whether Marvel still had rights to her, and the Sonja story was pulled and converted into Marada the She-Wolf for Epic. Finally, a bunch of inventory stories were pulled to fill the issue: "Shadow Thief" from 1975, "Huntsman"(a converted Logan's Run story) a Triton story(with announced art by Wendy Pini), Bucky Bizarre, and the Elektra story. Ironically, Marvel did have the rights to Red Sonja all along.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 11, 2012 4:19 PM
That is an odd panel of Matt and Natasha on the couch. Where is the lower half of his body?
As Mark Drummond notes in the entry for the issues before these, 183's angel dust story had been scheduled for 167. There were code issues and it was withdrawn for the time being, hence 183's story credit for McKenzie, who had left the title.
The original cover for 167 was Daredevil and Punisher fighting in the background, and a little girl in the foreground spilling powder to form the words "Angel Dust." The cover may have been part of the problem. When a version of the story ran in 183 (probably somewhat reworked by Miller), the new cover was Punisher shooting Daredevil in the stomach with an Uzi, complete with a bloody exit wound in DD's back. (Only a tranquilizer in the actual story.) Circa the early 1980s, I suppose this was considered "toning down." I actually find the published cover the more disturbing image, even with the tyke out of the picture.
Posted by: Todd | July 10, 2013 3:45 PM
@Todd: I think Matt's standing behind the sofa, not on the sofa with Natasha. I guess he is leaning against the back cushion or something.
Boy, that middle panel in the "She arrives just as the poison is taking its toll" sure reminds me of the great Gene Colan's shot of Karen toward the end of DD #57 (when Karen is reaching out to unmask DD).
Posted by: Shar | July 17, 2013 10:26 PM
These panels are great examples of how horrid Miller's art work was on DD. The dude is so overrated it hurts.
Posted by: Jack | July 17, 2013 11:28 PM
Almost all of these are Janson's art, though, as noted at the beginning of the review. Miller was strictly a writer beginning with 184.
@Shar: I dunno; if he were standing behind it, his torso would not cover the back of it. Besides which, embracing her that way would be an awkward reach. I think he's all scrunched up behind Natasha, but it's an odd composition and/or a huge sofa. Janson had his strengths and weaknesses. He was good with mood, expression, atmosphere, less so with proportion, form, dynamics.
Posted by: Todd | July 18, 2013 12:25 AM
Miller had a hand in it. Janson finish. They both suck.
Posted by: Jack | July 18, 2013 1:11 AM
But, I'll add - Janson's work when paired with other artists is solid. So, I'll put it Miller. Yes, Miller is overrated.
Posted by: Jack | July 18, 2013 8:05 AM
Ed Hannigan stated around 5/84 that 75% of Miller's Daredevil covers "stunk".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 6, 2013 3:42 PM
was this also Black Widow's first appearance of her short hair/grey suit look?
Posted by: Russell White | September 15, 2013 5:55 AM
That is correct, Russell. Thanks for pointing it out. I've noted it above.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 15, 2013 10:04 AM
Hand + ambush = hambush?
Posted by: Alex F | June 30, 2014 8:12 PM
I dunno, Jack. I love that panel of Daredevil kicking Punisher in the face. But then again, I'd love any panel of Punisher getting kicked in the face.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 6, 2015 8:46 PM
I prefer Black Widow's 1970s look.
Posted by: Steven | July 30, 2016 10:42 PM
Something recently occurred to me about issue 189- Foggy asked Natasha to use her forgery skills to break up Heather and Matt. What did Foggy expect Natasha to DO? From Natasha's perspective, the forged breakup notes make sense, since she knows about Matt's hypersenses. But as far as Foggy knows at this point, Matt is BLIND. It makes no sense for them to break up with each other by note.
Posted by: Michael | September 13, 2017 8:04 PM