Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Sub-Mariner King Size Special (Marvel/1971)
Sub-Mariner King Size Special (Marvel Comics)
Stan Lee (w) Gene Colan (a)
From the early days of Marvel comics comes this reprint of the first solo Sub-Mariner stories in Tales to Astonish which Namor shared with The Incredible Hulk until a new distribution deal allowed both characters their own books!
The age of the story can be ascertained simply by the reference to Daredevil #7 on the opening "splash" page as subby returns to Atlantis only to find his throne has been usurped by Krang. On meeting the beautiful Lady Dorma he is betrayed, imprisoned and humiliated by his foe until he escapes.
The search for Poseidon's Trident begins across the seven seas.
This story originally appeared in Tales to Astonish #70 to #73 but you need to pick up Sub-Mariner King Size Special #2 for the rest!
This is a story that helped expand the fledgling Marvel universe back in the sixties and establish Stan Lee as the "main man" of the comics world.
Sadly I think Marvel (and their "Distinguished Competition) have lost their way since those days. Perhaps it's time to go back to basics rather than reboots.
No more "Secret Wars" or Crises just good old plain story telling is what the comic industry needs just like this.
Grab a copy if you can!