Marvels: Eye of the Camera #3
Issue(s): Marvels: Eye of the Camera #3
This issue has Phil Sheldon taking his chemo treatments and working on his new book, which will challenge the public to stop taking the "Marvels" for granted and turning on them whenever things go wrong. He's having trouble getting his own message out and dealing with the changing face of heroes, represented by Wolverine, the Ghost Rider, and the Punisher.
The Punisher situation is especially troubling due to the fact that he seems to work with Spider-Man. The end of this issue covers the story where the Punisher's squad mate the Hitman kidnaps J. Jonah Jameson, and Spider-Man and the Punisher stop him. Spider-Man's arm is injured in the battle, and he's unable to prevent the Hitman from dropping off of the Statue of Liberty, killing himself.
Of course Sheldon doesn't know all of the details, but the fact that Spider-Man didn't even try to save the Hitman is a shock to him (i suspect Busiek or Stern had a problem with that sequence from the original story themselves), and the issue ends with Sheldon's cancer causing complications.
This series continues to be a great human story in its own right as well as a nice analysis of the way the Marvel universe evolved in the 70s. The perspective (that the somewhat amoral 70s characters represent a change for the worse) isn't one that i necessarily agree with, but i do appreciate the argument.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: The issue spans a period indicated by the references below. The end of the story takes place concurrently with Amazing Spider-Man #175.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBeast, Beth Sheldon, Captain America, Doris Sheldon, Falcon, Hellcat, Henry Pym, Hitman, J. Jonah Jameson, Jenny Sheldon, Marcia Hardesty, Phil Sheldon, Punisher, Sam Reuther, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision
The Ghost Rider's costume in the "Monsters on the Prowl" spread is wrong; he wouldn't wear that costume until his revival about 1990.
Phil apparently also didn't notice that Spider-Man was dangling off one of the Statue's crown points by his bad arm while holding Jameson with the other; he was in no position to save the Hitman(and the Punisher was the one who pulled Spider-Man and Jameson up).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 31, 2011 5:44 PM
According to the "Sources" page of the trade paperback collection of this mini-series, the red headed woman who says "Hey! The Beast is no gorilla -- and no monster!" to the bigoted New Yorker in the page right before the picture of giant Yellowjacket you've got there is Patsy Walker. You can add her to the "Characters Appearing" here.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | March 10, 2014 2:40 AM
Thanks, Jay. Added her.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 10, 2014 9:16 AM
More from the "Sources" section of the trade paperback edition for you to cross reference:
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | March 24, 2014 12:45 AM
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