Issue(s): Marvels #4
The book he had been working on is published by the beginning of this issue and it's a success...
...but by the end of the story he's disillusioned.
The story depicts a man growing old and tired. Busiek's ability to step into people's shoes and show the way they work and think proves he's a master, and by showing the Marvel heroes from all different people's perspectives he provides us with a fresh look at them as well.
At the end of the issue, Sheldon, in a manic state now that he's decided to retire, asks his assistant, Holly McCann, to photograph him, his wife, and the paperboy (i guess as a substitute for his kids, who weren't around?). He talks about how the paperboy is just a nice ordinary boy, but the kid is Danny Ketch, who will grow up to be the second Ghost Rider. You can't get much closer to a symbol for the modern grim & gritty age than that.
Ross' artwork is impressive as always, although i think he makes people's costumes look too bulky.
His faces are great. I particularly like the way he depicts Dr. Octopus' instability when Sheldon catches him in a lie.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: As usual with these sorts of books, it needs to take place after all of the references below.
Continuity Implant? Y
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (2): show
Barney Bushkin, Beth Sheldon, Black Widow, Daredevil, Doctor Octopus, Doris Sheldon, Foggy Nelson, Ghost Rider II, Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, Jenny Sheldon, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Luke Cage, Marcia Hardesty, Phil Sheldon, Spider-Man
The airship in the center of the invasion page is the Owlship from "Watchmen", and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre are seen in the left window.
On the page showing the newspaper article on Norman Osborn's death, the article is actually a rant against Stan choosing Norman as the Green Goblin and how foolish it was to drive Steve Ditko away. You'll need a magnifying glass for it.
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