Characters Appearing: Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Sub-Mariner, Thing
Marvel Fanfare #43
Issue(s): Marvel Fanfare #43
Al Milgrom - Editor
...and winds up having what may or may not have been a daydream about going back in time and falling in love with a pirate.
In the "may not" category is the earring that he retains after the dream is over, but Namor might have pulled that earring off the skeleton while he was dreaming.
The pirate's name was Patience Drew. An ancestor of Spider-Woman's?
The second story is drawn by a Greg Brooks, who doesn't seem to have done much professional comics work and according to Wikipedia (although its source has link-rotted) was convicted of murdering his wife prior to the publication of this issue.
Well, that's a downer. As for the story, it starts with Reed Richards fooling around with an experimental rocket fuel that causes a fire in his lab.
The Thing puts out the fire with a hand clap that creates a vacuum.
The Human Torch then starts thinking about how the Thing doesn't normally act with his head, and that he (Johnny) is the same.
They both need Reed to tell them what to do. While he's flying around thinking about that, he notices some criminals fleeing the police. The criminals wind up at an oil refinery that is being visited by school children (now that's a class trip!) and the children are taken hostage. Since Johnny is restricted from using his flame, he has to prove that he can indeed act with his head...
...which he does by repeating the exact same vacuum trick that the Thing used.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The first story is context free although i'll note that when listing the loves of his life, Namor neglects to include Marrina. The second story takes place after the FF are in Four Freedoms plaza but while the Thing is still in his classic rocky form. I've therefore placed this in the same gap as Marvel Fanfare #46, meaning this takes place before the Human Torch goes on his honeymoon with Alicia. See the Considerations for that issue for more. To keep the book together, i'm placing the Sub-Mariner story here as well. Maybe the properties of the Sargasso dream have caused Namor to forget Marrina.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Featuring the art of a murderer is a little bit historically significant.
Posted by: cullen | November 14, 2014 1:11 AM
The Greg Brooks story, which sounds like something from a pre-Code EC crime book, is related a couple of posts down here, http://marvelmasterworksfansite.yuku.com/topic/1720/Greg-Brooks#.VGWzD2K9KK0
Posted by: Walter Lawson | November 14, 2014 2:48 AM
DC provided a rather bad postscript to the Greg Brooks saga in an Xmas Special, which received severe drubbing from fanzine critics. Why? Because the Special featured a fake ad selling a "Greg Brooks Memorial Hammer".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 14, 2014 9:49 PM
Can't complain about Mignola and P. Craig Russell. If this pops up in the .50 bin I'm all over it.
Posted by: Chris W. | February 20, 2018 4:08 PM
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