Marvel Tales #242
Issue(s): Marvel Tales #242
This story, though, is unrelated to the reprint (a Spider-Man/Nightcrawler Team-Up from Marvel Team-Up #89). It's a Rocket Racer story. The story was promoted in Spectacular Spider-Man annual #10, but if they wanted to get more people to read it than those picking up the book for the reprint, you'd think it would have made more sense to go in Marvel Comics Presents. As it is, it's a pretty obscure story (even the MCP doesn't list it!).
And not that any six page back-up story is going to be great, but it's too bad that it was dumped here, because if nothing else (and actually, there is nothing else) we get a race between Rocket Racer and Speed Demon.
The set-up is the same as in the Spectacular annual, with Rocket Racer working for Silver Sable's organization and taking orders from Ernie Sluganski ("Sluggo"). Speed
Speed Demon runs anyway, and Racer has to grab the net and hold on.
And eventually he hooks the net to a UPS truck's bumper, stopping the Demon.
But it doesn't exactly end well for Racer.
I guess Sable International doesn't assume any liability for its contractors. That seems dickish, especially when you're dealing with a kid that you recruited.
Rocket Racer's next back-up feature will be in Marvel Tales #250, not #248.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The hero nobody wanted to read about, the Rocket Racer. It felt really annoying that marvel was trying to make something out of this guy. He was horrible, even back in the 70s.
I do like it when you mix them up and say "speed racer" in this review.
Posted by: kveto | May 22, 2015 2:19 PM
Dammit, i caught myself doing that once and fixed it, but some more still slipped through!
Posted by: fnord12 | May 22, 2015 2:50 PM
See, and when I saw the "Speed Racer Demon" thing, I thought you were making a joke...
Posted by: Morgan Wick | May 22, 2015 7:16 PM
This story might be obscure, but I have a feeling Nick Spencer read it, since in Superior Foes of Spider-Man Speed Demon sues Iron Fist for injuries.
Posted by: Michael | May 23, 2015 9:07 AM
Aargh. Rocket Racer's costume is so ugly...
A stupid question: why do speedsters always *run* when moving fast? Can't they walk at superspeed?
Posted by: Piotr W | May 23, 2015 5:38 PM
Same reason someone would walk on a conveyor belt, or elevator. Faster can always be faster still.
Posted by: cullen | May 23, 2015 6:40 PM
@cullen, walking on an elevator doesn't help much:-)
Posted by: kveto | November 5, 2017 4:14 AM
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