Astonishing Tales #10
Issue(s): Astonishing Tales #10
It's a cool concept (as far as i know, it isn't swiped from anywhere) but it's not all that engaging. Decent art, though. Barry Smith inked by Sal Buscema, of all things.
The story began in Astonishing Tales #8, and issue #9 was a fill-in by Stan Lee and John Buscema.
I was mainly interested in seeing the development of Bobbi Morse, but all i can tell you is that in this issue she has blond hair instead of brown.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from issue #8.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Smith inked by Sal Buscema kinda looks like Jack Abel here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 10, 2011 7:34 PM
Bobbi's hair color...my guess is it's the same "instant hair color in a can" Jessica Drew would eventually use. She's been a blonde ever since so that's all I can say about it.
Posted by: Ataru320 | September 3, 2012 6:14 PM
I appreciate that the Marvel Cinematic U introduced Bobbi with brown hair before turning it blonde as well. A neat and obscure nod!
Posted by: Cullen | December 21, 2014 7:25 AM
The giant smilodectes depicted in this issue looks like the prototype for the Cap/Spidey foe Vermin.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 16, 2017 10:19 PM
The story's concept reminds me of a twisted combination of the 1968 film "Hell in the Pacific", where Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune are a shot-down pilot and a washed-ashore captain (respectively) on a deserted island who fight with each other then work together to be rescued, and the ending to Denys Rayner's book "The Enemy Below", made into a 1957 film starring Robert Mitchum. Unlike the film, where the American destroyer captain and the German sub captain work together to save their respective crews when their crafts are destroyed, in the book the two captains are seen throwing punches at each other while wading in the Atlantic. Regarding this story, some may find the message of families and the cost of war on them a bit ham-fisted. In addition, in my comments for issue #8 I touched on the Eurocentrism in WW2-based fiction. Still, the concept was welcome and refreshing in a book that at times felt like it should have been called "Savage Sword of Ka-Zar".
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 3, 2017 11:15 PM
Reexamining the content of this story, there are similarities to this and Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Land That Time Forgot", which was set during the First World War and details the confrontation between a German U-Boat and a British tugboat, where the crews wash ashore in the Antarctic in a land where dinosaurs still exist. This in turn would inspire Bob Kanigher's war/sci-fi/fantasy hybrid "The War That Time Forgot" at DC in the '60's. Stands to reason the creators would borrow from an ERB story, considering Ka-Zar is so modeled after Burroughs' most famous creation.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 4, 2017 11:38 PM
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