Marvel Super Heroes #12 (Falcon)
Issue(s): Marvel Super Heroes #12 (Falcon)
Falcon later thinks that Doug's dog has been used in training the fighting dogs, but he can't be sure.
Paul tells Falcon to stay out of it, since the gambling ring brings in money for the town. But Falcon returns to the ring, looking for Doug's dog. It's not clear if he gets it, and he winds up having the fighting dogs sicced on him...
...and then Paul kicks him out. Falcon tips off the police about the operation.
It's well written, and for once the Falcon is in a solo story dealing with something that isn't explicitly racial (even though he's the only black guy in a story taking place in the deep South). But ultimately it's Falcon fighting some dogs.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Should take place before Falcon gets his new costume in Captain America annual #11.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
As always, in the early 1990s a pretty reliable indications that a story has been sitting in some file cabinet labeled "Inventory" for a while is seeing Vince Colletta credited as one of the inkers :)
Posted by: Ben Herman | May 12, 2016 10:14 AM
Colletta had been dead over a year by the time of this issue.
Posted by: Oliver_C | May 12, 2016 10:28 AM
Yeah, like I said, pretty good indication of an inventory story. Although I can almost imagine some pencilers having nightmares of Colletta coming back from the grave, eraser clutched in his undead hand, ready to once more ruin their work.
Posted by: Ben Herman | May 12, 2016 11:06 AM
And to think Eddie Campbell of all artists came to Colletta's defence! (The irony being, Campbell inked by Colletta would end up looking like 'Dilbert'. But I digress...)
Posted by: Oliver_C | May 13, 2016 6:29 AM
Perhaps the reason why Eddie Campbell was able to offer a dispassionate, objective analysis of Colletta is due to him having worked exclusively for independent publishers on creator-owned titles. It's not like Campbell was ever employed by Marvel and DC, doing an incredibly beautiful job penciling The Incredible Potato Man or whatever, and then watching in horror as some editor handed that work off to Colletta to be butchered.
I think it's very telling that, as recounted by Mark Evanier, most pencilers employed by the Big Two did not want Colletta inking their work, and those few who had enough influence made sure he didn't get near their stuff...
Posted by: Ben Herman | May 13, 2016 1:43 PM
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