Issue(s): Speedball #2
The first story has Speedball going up against a guy that has invented "magnetic glue".
The other big news is that the cat, Niels, that we saw in issue #1 turns out to also have been exposed to the energy that turned Robbie Baldwin into Speedball.
Robbie is unable to catch the cat so that Doc Benson can test it for side effects or find a way to reverse it.
Here's an expansion of Speedball's powers.
The second story has Speedball going up against the Graffiti Guerrillas.
Notice that Robbie's referred to as the Masked Marvel, not Speedball.
The topic of graffiti triggers a debate between mom and pop Baldwin about whether or not it is a form of legitimate artistic expression.
Are we sure these aren't the outtakes from Amazing Fantasy #15?
Sometimes i think i can see Roger Stern doing what he can to make this not so generic. But it's not working. Maybe if he had been able to plot the issues...
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAl Laguardia, David Bealer, Doc Benson, Don Phipps, Justin Baldwin, Maddie Baldwin, Niels, Officer Burnatt, Speedball, Sticker, Teri Cooper
The Sticker doesn't die in this story and turns up later in New Warriors 66.
Posted by: Michael | July 13, 2014 5:17 PM
Well, the teenage girls' hair is certainly straight from 1962...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 13, 2014 10:38 PM
I never read this, or even heard of Speedball until many, many years later, but, on now seeing some scans, this reminds me of nothing more than that middle-aged/elderly guy who still dresses like a teddy boy /hippie/70s rock fan all these years later, despite the changes in the world since. It's just all the worst aspects of the Silver Age all over again (and I write this in recognition of the genius works of that time), with little or no concession to the then present day Marvel Universe. Marvel may as well have set the series in the past, actually...
Posted by: Harry | July 14, 2014 5:10 AM
I remember reading Speedball in real time and feeling like I was reading the punchline to a joke that everybody got but me. It was so obviously out of place, so confusingly anachronistic, that in my mind it had to have been done on purpose. I actually thought the setting of the stories took place in the 1960's.
Posted by: Haywerth | July 14, 2014 9:29 AM
I've added Teri Cooper, David Bealer and Officer Burnatt as Characters Appearing. Burnatt also appears in issue #1. David Bealer might also as part of the crowd of kids in that issue, but i'm not listing him there. Thanks, Michael.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 14, 2014 6:53 PM
If this series weren't so disconnected from the rest of the MU, they could have used Paste Pot Pete as a villain for Speedball. Instead they come up with another glue-themed baddie who fits the Scooby Doo style rogues gallery Robbie has.
Posted by: Robert | March 14, 2015 4:08 AM
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