Marvel Fanfare #56-57 (Captain Marvel)
Issue(s): Marvel Fanfare #56, Marvel Fanfare #57 (Toys and Captain Marvel stories only)
Actually, i'm really jealous of the kid in this story, because he has a Destroyer action figure. I guess nowadays after the Thor movies that's not a big deal, but it would have been pretty rare for 1991.
Anyway, the boy is told to clean his room before dinner or else his toys will get thrown out. And he tries, but it's too monumental a task. While he's sleeping, his toys come out and fight.
But when they hear the boy's mom coming, the Dr. Strange and Dormammu toys cast a spell to clean up the room.
Silly. But i guess it's nice to see Don Heck draw a bunch of characters.
More interesting are some Mike Vosburg pin-ups.
The back-up in issue #57 is scripted by Bill Mantlo. But he didn't plot it. Per the Editori-Al, "For personal reasons, the writer who plotted this story did not want his name on the credits. I'll just say he's someone close to the character and leave it at that." I assume that was Roger Stern, upset about the situation that got him fired from Avengers. Or maybe he just hated George Freeman's weird stylized art.
Note that Stern, with John Romita, Jr., does get a "created by" credit. Those were still pretty rare at this point.
This is a basic character study. Captain Marvel is living in New Orleans, and she can't sleep. So she flies around, helps the police out with a hostage situation...
...and then talks a drug addict out of committing suicide.
This redeems an earlier situation from when she was still a police officer and failed to stop someone else from committing suicide.
The drug addict is extremely gaunt, but the truth is everyone in this story looks like that.
Some more pin-ups, this time from Norm Breyfogle.
I don't really see USAgent crying about Iran-Contra. I guess it could be Steve Rogers in the costume.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Captain Marvel has her original powers. I've dropped this after her story in Solo Avenges #2. Luckily the Hobgoblin had debuted and Wolverine had used the "Patch" nickname at that point, or the toy story would be anachronistic (not that i would have really cared). The main feature in these issues is a multi-part Shanna the She-Devil story that is covered in a separate entry.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Fnord, Monica's powers aren't good evidence regarding placement. Monica has her old powers in Operation Galactic Storm. (In fact, I wonder if this backup was one of the reasons the writers of Galactic Storm thought Monica had her old powers back- they might not have realized this was meant to take place in the past. ) But it was probably written around the period you placed it.
Posted by: Michael | August 11, 2015 8:48 PM
a minor point for a minor story (involving action figures which, I presume, have only a basic aspect of the hero's personality) but I notice Wolverine says "never mind my patch"- a reference to the script which Don Heck didn't get, maybe? Since Wolverine is not in his 'patch' persona. Anyway it's a throwaway line in a throwaway story but I noticed that.
Posted by: Wis | December 25, 2016 3:58 PM
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|