Characters Appearing: Machine Man, Peter Spaulding, Simon Kragg
Marvel Comics Presents #10 (Machine Man)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #10 (Machine Man)
The story has Machine Man stumbling upon an attempt to kidnap Peter Spauling and his wife Jill. When Machine Man intervenes, he's suddenly jumped by a bulky robot.
The robot has a power failure and flees. Machine Man stopped the kidnappers from taking Jill but finds that Peter was taken. So he begins tracking the robot.
Meanwhile we see that the robot has basically taken over an operation by the military to build robots. He's specifically bossing around a Dr. Wurno, the scientist in charge.
General Simon Kragg is in charge of the base where this is going on, but he doesn't know that Wurno has been compromised.
When Machine Man approaches the base, he's shot down by the military, but before the military can investigate, he's captured by workers loyal to Wurno. It turns out that the robot wants Machine Man's body and that's why Spaulding was kidnapped in the first place.
Machine Man escapes and starts battling the robot...
...while Kragg investigates the fact that the target that got shot down has disappeared, and he winds up apprehending Wurno and rescuing Spaulding.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you tell a full story in eight pages, something Steve Ditko has been doing since the Silver Age. As for the art, i've always said that the further away you are from reality, the better Ditko's art is. His Speedball was way too dependent on him drawing lots of real people, including teenagers, and that's why it looked so terribly retro. Machine Man was never quite the full fledged cosmic weirdness of Dr. Strange, but it's further along down that scale than Speedball. So while this is certainly retro-looking, a battle between two robots is much more enjoyable.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Ditko should have done more Marvel Comics Presents stories. He actually knows how to use the 8-page format and his stories are better than most of the filler from later issues.
Posted by: Nth Wolf | May 2, 2018 3:53 AM
Hey, the evil robot calls humans "fleshy ones" (several times in these scans), the same thing Machine Man will later call humans in Nextwave.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | May 2, 2018 7:55 AM
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