Issue(s): Nova #13, Nova #14
After an initial failed bank-robbery, halted by Nova and a new hero, the very retro Crimebuster...
...(and i should note the heroes only win by tricking the Sandman into the air tight bank vault, which he soon escapes from) the Sandman is contacted by an agent of the the Yellow Claw (shown only in silhouette) and brainwashed. He is sent after a Wakandan scientist...
...and manages to capture both him and Nova.
He's next sent after Mike Burley. Nova escapes his deathtrap...
...and arrives at his school in time to fight the Sandman. Nova is on the ropes pretty much the entire fight...
...but wins when the Sandman accidentally falls into a cement truck, which Nova then says was his plan all along.
Since Burley isn't kidnapped, the Claw's henchman contacts him and tells him that his brother is already a prisoner, so he'd better do what they tell him.
Meanwhile, Nova's dad is getting desperate due to being out of work, and is contacted by a shady organization.
Brief cameo by the Thing, seen reading the novel Dracula while Nova flies past his window.
Just about every issue of this series seems to have a letter with someone complaining that this book is retro, or at least trying to get Marvel to admit that it is. Marvel deflects by pointing to other letters that like the series. It definitely is very deliberately an attempt to re-create the early days of Peter Parker as a new super-hero, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's a decent book even if there isn't a lot of depth. Mike Burley continues to be an interesting character; since he's a star athlete and good in school, while Rich is flunking out, it's a clever inversion on the Peter Parker/Flash Thompson relationship.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBernie Dillon, Caps Cooper, Charles Rider, Crimebuster, Donna-Lee Dover, Fritz Voltzmann, Ginger Jaye-Firestone, Mike Burley, Nova (Rich Rider), Sandman, Thing, Yellow Claw
After Crimebuster, Wolfman created a very similar Character when he left to DC: Gangbuster
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | May 29, 2013 6:49 PM
The title to #14 probably refers to the 1976 film "Massacre At Central High".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 1, 2013 3:54 PM
The loan officer who rather smugly turns Charles Rider down for a loan is "Benjamin Dover". Surely a "Ben Dover" reference as Rider is being turned down by a bank he has been a customer of for years.
Posted by: Amidon37 | January 31, 2015 9:36 AM
I notice that you include the Yellow Claw’s ex-Nazi henchman Fritz [von] Voltzmann, aka Karl von Horstbadden, as a “Character Appearing” in the 1950s YELLOW CLAW comics, but not for his Bronze-Age appearances. It’s true that in STRANGE TALES c. #161-167, he—as well as the Claw himself—turns out to be a robot, so he technically doesn’t “appear” in those issues. But I believe he’s seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA #166, although I don’t have it handy; he’s definitely here, posing as Dr. Heinrich von Flessle; and he returns under his “real” name (i.e., Voltzmann, as seen in your panel grabs) in NOVA #16-18.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | January 28, 2016 2:11 PM
Thanks Matthew. I've added him in the Nova entries. A quick flip through Cap #166 shows him appearing in flashback only, and the MCP don't list him appearing in the Cap story. (They do, however, list him for the Strange Tales stories, which i think is incorrect for the reason you note.)
Posted by: fnord12 | January 28, 2016 2:28 PM
Voltzmann doesn't appear in the Cap story; that's only a panel of his robot.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 29, 2016 7:17 PM
Crimebuster probably feels retro because he is a deliberate retread of his namesake, a Lev Gleason character published in "Boy Comics" from 1942 to 1956 (under his civilian name of "Chuck Chandler" in the last few months). The resemblance is only thematic, not visual, though.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | May 4, 2017 12:19 AM
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