The Small Lebowski:
Tales To Astonish #92-93
Issue(s): Tales To Astonish #92, Tales To Astonish #93
...the Hulk tries to catch a ride off the planet on the back of a flying saucer but it turns out to be the Silver Surfer.
The Hulk is not even close to being in the Surfer's league, and the Hulk gets his butt kicked even though the Surfer is just trying to help him.
The Surfer leaves, disgusted. Issue #92 is billed as a turning point for the Hulk even though nothing really happens - however from a meta point of view, the Hulk finally gets a regular artist in Marie Severin. The series is looking much better and will be consistently good for a while. The cover to issue #93 is very cool.
Meanwhile Namor finds radioactive waste in his kingdom.
Heeding Dorma's calming advice, he tries to send an envoy to the surface world to tell them to quit dumping their crap on his property...
...but the waste creates some sort of monster.
Both the humans and Namor think the creature was sent by the others. Namor thinks it's a robot.
Angry over the perceived attack, Namor summons his council of war.
Prior to that, on his way home from fighting the monster, Namor passes a giant octopus. No fight, nothing of consequence, really, but Roy Thomas must have taken note while reading it since he'll incorporate this creature into a later story.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Super-Heroes #47, Marvel Super Heroes #48
Inbound References (4): showBetty Ross, General 'Thunderbolt' Ross, Glenn Talbot, Hulk, Lady Dorma, Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner
Bill Everett's last 1960s Sub-Mariner story was before this, and he supposedly left it because of complaints from Stan and other higher-ups that his Namor didn't look muscular enough. He responded to that with a splash page showing Sub-Mariner so over-muscled that it's impossible not to laugh at it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 6, 2011 2:06 PM
Oops! That splash page may have come just AFTER this story.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 6, 2011 2:21 PM
i can't find that splash panel. if you let me know the issue number, i'll throw up a scan.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 7, 2011 12:32 PM
The splash page is in TTA #91. Granted, he isn't drawn with Image-type proportions, but he does look rather blimpy and silly compared to, say, the panels shown here. Everett did come back for 3 issues following this story and then left Sub-Mariner for a few more years.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 9, 2011 1:03 PM
Thanks, i put the scan up in the entry for Astonish #91.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 9, 2011 9:56 PM
Marie Severin has real chops
Posted by: Rocknrollguitarplayer | August 10, 2016 11:30 PM
I liked Marie's work on the Hulk a good bit and her brother John was even better when he did occasional work on the series.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 11, 2016 10:10 PM
These are the first Hulk issues where I enjoy the art.
Posted by: Steven | April 24, 2017 11:50 AM
She copied the Octopus from Hal Foster's Prince Valiant
Posted by: Adriano Moraes | June 18, 2017 3:53 PM
That octopus swipe really does appear to be dead-on but unless I'm mistaken that's actually Dan Adkins' swipe and not Marie Severin's.
That Hulk mugshot by Severin, shown in the first image above, is absolutely priceless!
Posted by: James Holt | September 23, 2017 5:27 PM
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