Marvel Premiere #36-37
Issue(s): Marvel Premiere #36, Marvel Premiere #37
Rock and roll star Vince Rivers, subbing for Elvis while he's in the army (and "Ricky's too tame")...
...is suspected of causing teenagers to riot. And 3-D Man suspects him of being a Skrull.
But the Skrull is actually the DJ sponsoring Vince, and Vince is wrongly locked up. It's worth noting that at this point 3-D Man just gets a tingle when he's near Skrulls. Much later, when 3-D Man gives his glasses to Triathlon, it actually allows him to see Skrulls through their disguise.
The DJ Skrull then turns himself into Richard Nixon (!)...
...and helps a scientist that hates commies turn himself into a super "hero" called the Cold Warrior.
Ugh, that's bad. With cold powers, of course. And lines like "putting you on ice" and "cool off".
Nixon-Skrull convinces him to go after 3-D Man. The story ends with the Cold Warrior defeated, 3-D Man seemingly having lost the Chuck Chandler portion of his personality, and the Nixon-Skrull giving a monologue about how he'll 'probably' never have to use his Nixon identity again.
3-D Man is a terrible character and these stories were very poorly written. Roy Thomas has a text piece in the back of issue #36 talking up the concept of the character like he's a great inspiration instead of a throwaway.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: See the entry for issue #35 for why these 3-D Man appearances take place during the "Hero gap".
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
FOOM#15 confirms the 3-D Man stories taking place in 1958-9.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 31, 2013 6:14 PM
Plus 3-D Man states the year as being 1958 when talking to the cops early in #36.
Posted by: Robert | January 28, 2016 4:36 PM
Per Roy Thomas in the letters page in What If?#9, Don Glut also assisted in plotting #37 but his credit got left off.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 15, 2016 11:01 AM
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