Characters Appearing: Black Bolt, Medusa, Paste Pot Pete, Sandman, Wizard
Marvel Super Heroes #15
Issue(s): Marvel Super Heroes #15
And it is a fairly straight-forward super-hero story, which is a shame due to the fact that the Inhumans were not supposed to be super-heroes. Medusa leaves the Inhumans to look for a 'cure' to Black Bolt's inability to speak, gets mixed up with her old partners the Frightful Four...
...gets betrayed by them, and defeats them.
Like a true Marvel character she is distrusted by the public and misunderstood when she tries to stop someone from getting hit by a car. The fact that the lead is female for a change is nice, but that's ruined a bit by the fact that in the end she needs to be rescued by Black Bolt.
Also interesting but probably not intentional is the fact that one minute she is lamenting the fact that human society is distrustful, and the next she is teaming up with a bunch of super-villains to steal expensive technology from a NATO military base.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Medusa starts off her quest by trying to find Klaw in Paris. She must not know that he was recently kicked in the face by the Black Panther and sent to jail. Klaw will not escape from jail until a little prior to Avengers #83, so Medusa may be acting on bad information. Klaw does not actually appear in this issue, even in flashback.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
One of the Inhumans Masterworks notes that this was to be the trailer for or first issue of a Medusa series, as part of Marvel's expansion at this time. Marvel was particularly interested in having a female protagonist, and Medusa and the Black Widow were the leading contenders. Martin Goodman apparently decided Medusa couldn't carry a series, so this story appeared in MSH instead.
Mark Evanier says Colan wasn't the original artist, and Stan was unhappy with the first artist's work, but I haven't seen the artist named anywhere.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | December 20, 2012 12:48 AM
The first artist may have been Barry Smith. A pinup page by Smith of Medusa in this costume appears in Marvelmania #6.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 3, 2013 6:57 PM
The first page of the comic lists this as the first solo appearance of Medusa, undoubtedly intended to be the first in a line of a future series starring Medusa as the lead character, which, unlike Captain Marvel, never came to fruition.
Posted by: Brad Wortz | March 2, 2013 11:36 AM
Medusa's appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #62 is also pretty clearly a trailer for a solo series. And when Marvel does launch the Black Widow, it'll also be with a guest-shot in Spidey's title. Clearly it was already seen as a launchpad for other books thanks to its high sales
Posted by: Omar Karindu | August 14, 2016 3:36 PM
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