Captain Britain #3-39
Iron Man #95-100
Power Man #47
That panel of Captain America rebuking "minions of bureaucracy!" is quite a thing. Surprised it hasn't been appropriated as a right-wing meme!
I also wonder if Cap's "UK's having a ROUGH TIME now" comment is supposed to refer to The Troubles or any other contemporary occurrences - or simply a reflexive in-universe comment on the recent rise in supervillainy.
Posted by: cullen | February 16, 2015 5:43 PM
I'd imagine it was more a reference to the economic troubles in Britain throughout the 1970s - spates of strikes, high unemployment, just generally a mess. Obviously the Troubles didn't help either.
Speaking as a British reader, the dialogue that's aiming to be more British comes across as forced to me. Obviously writing British characters as you would American characters is going to result in the odd Americanism slipping in, but that's less distracting than having characters use slang like 'bloke' every other sentence in an unrealistic way. That just makes it look the writer's trying too hard to remind the readers where the story is set, repeatedly. Writing like that never feels natural.
Posted by: James M | February 16, 2015 6:50 PM
A little odd to see SHIELD and Hydra getting lumped into the "super" category.
The presence of advanced technology makes them I suppose one remove from technology user heroes commonly considered part of the category, I suppose.
Posted by: PB210 | February 16, 2015 7:09 PM
Countries always feel to be under particularly troubled times.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | February 16, 2015 8:13 PM
There's another Manipulator introduced in 1992 that kills Julia Carpenter's ex-husband, so you should either delete this tag or change it.
I realize that the Braddocks don't get much charactization but Jamie seems like a nice guy that just wants to help. Delano wanted to do an anti-stereotypical story where the Scary Black Man (Dr.Crocodile) is really the good guy and the captive white guy is really the bad guy. But he really should have created a new character, because later writers had trouble explaining how the guy we saw in these stories turned into a psychotic killer.
Claremont writes Betsy as a nice girl in these issues, as opposed to the borderline sociopath of the 1980s.
I'm not buying that the Star Sceptre would be that dangerous in the wrong hands. It only enables one to fly for 15 minutes. The jet packs SHIELD uses in the Red Skull story are probably more useful.
I'm also not buying the "Nick can't go because he doesn't have enough experience with explosives". Nick was introduced as a commando and there's been plenty of stories involving Nick and explosives.
Posted by: Michael | February 16, 2015 8:54 PM
I already had a II designator for the Manipulator that appears in Avengers and Cap, and i guess the 1992 character would be III unless i see that there's a short descriptor i can use, but i've updated the tag for this one. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 17, 2015 8:08 AM
Jim Lawrence is actually American. He wrote for radio in the 1950s, also did the Friday Foster comic strip(which became a movie), and wrote some Executioner-type paperbacks.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 17, 2015 11:09 AM
Thanks, Mark. I had trouble finding info on Jim Lawrence. His work on the British James Bond comic was the thing that came up the most. But that explains why James M. says that all of the dialogue sounds unnatural to British ears.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 17, 2015 11:15 AM
"S.T.R.I.K.E."??? Good Lord (and Lady), S.H.I.E.L.D. was always supposed to be an international organization, and I know we've seen their British division on at least one occasion, at the start of Avengers (v.1) #115. I wouldn't be surprised if they were also in the Thing/Spider-Woman mess in Marvel Two-In-One, um, 29-33? (Or something like that. The one that wound up with Alicia Masters as a giant spider. It was set in London, and I'm pretty sure Nick Fury showed up, so there were probably British S.H.I.E.L.D. agents there, too.)
Was thinking of getting some of these off of eBay, but didn't realize the main story was only 7 pages long. Have to adjust my price point, then. And the J Buscema/Palmer art is as gorgeous as ever I see; a pity it's only in the B/W issues.
Posted by: Dan Spector | March 17, 2015 11:57 PM
It took me more than half of this season of Agents of SHIELD to realize one of those new guys was Lance Hunter.
Posted by: Berend | April 19, 2015 1:01 PM
Thanks for the info, Berend. That makes Hunter marginally more interesting, but he's still "the character they settled for because the couldn't get Hawkeye" as far as I'm concerned.
Posted by: Andrew | November 22, 2015 8:39 AM
Oh, I've been watching Lance Hunter on AoS, and didn't know 'til reading this now that he was an actual Marvel character.
Britain was indeed having a rough time in the '70s. Definitely the worst it's had since the war, culminating in '78/'79's winter of discontent.
There's nothing wrong with a character using 'bloke' every other sentence. I do it! But it is all a bit 'Cor blimey, guv'nor'.
Posted by: Dave77 | May 5, 2016 4:25 PM
The 70s were the worst time in Britain since the war? Hardly. Or at least it depends very much on who you were - most working people were experiencing their highest standard of living ever.
But then, tory boy Brian Braddock lived in a mansion, so it figures he'd think things were terrible...
Posted by: sean | January 21, 2017 9:54 PM