Tag Sub-Mariner

Covered 365: Day 107

Strange Tales #107, Marvel Comics, April 1963 – Artist: Jack Kirby. Simplicity can be overwhelming when executes nicely and Jack Kirby hit a nerve with this cover. Strange Tales #107 is one of the most iconic covers of the early…

Undervalued Spotlight #438

Fantastic Four Annual #1, Marvel Comics 1963. Ok here’s a first for Comic Book Daily (I think). After much deliberation I’ve decided to dust off Mike Huddleston’s old Overvalued Overstreet #14 featuring Fantastic Four Annual #1, which he posted almost…

Undervalued Spotlight #436

Sub-Mariner #8, Marvel Comics, December 1968. My buddy Dave and I were talking comics and were arguing about some of the toughest books to get in grade. We were being reasonable and talking late Silver and Bronze. I liked the…

Covered 365: Day 54

A great comic book cover matching each day of the year, 1 through 365. Please chime in with your favourite corresponding cover, from any era. Day 54 – Iron Man #54, January 1973, Artist – Gil Kane. One of my…

Undervalued Spotlight #416

Sub-Mariner #13, Timely Comics, Spring 1944. On a recent post convention dinner we were debating what the best covers of each “age” were. For this Spotlight post we’ll focus on our “Golden Age” argument. Some great books were put forth…

Undervalued Spotlight #387

Marvel Mystery Comics #82, Timely Comics, May 1947. If you’re an old timer like me you’ll remember back when the Marvel Mystery Comics run was a mighty, mighty run. Marvel Mystery Comics was said in the same breath as Action…

Undervalued Spotlight #382

Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1, Marvel Comics, April 1968. I was at a small local comic show this past weekend and a sequence of events pointed me towards this week’s Spotlight pick. First off there was this lower grade Tales of…

The coming of The Defenders

This week in Arcs & Runs we turn our attention to the early beginnings and formation of the super-hero team: The Defenders. I used to think of this team as the group of super-heroes who weren’t invited to be an…

Undervalued Spotlight #237

Fantastic Four #4, Marvel Comics, May 1962. I lucked into a nice collection of early Marvels a couple of weeks back. There was a Journey #83, a Strange Tales #110 and a few other big Marvel keys. For some reason though, and I’m not sure why, I was most drawn to the lower mid-grade copy of the Fantastic Four #4.

Collecting Comic Places

This month saw the release of Guardians of the Galaxy #21, a much-anticipated story set in the home planet of the Venom symbiote. This story inspired me to think back on the first appearance of Venom’s home planet, which appears…

Undervalued Spotlight #204

Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1, First Funnies Inc., April 1939 Please don’t yell. I’ve been called out in the past for picking books that are impossible to find and I’ve been real good about it for such a long time…

Why did the original Silver Surfer run fail? #1-18

A little more than two years after the first book hit the stands it was part of a Marvel wave of cancellations due to poor sales (Nick Fury, Doctor Strange, and The Silver Surfer) and suspensions (X-Men & Captain Marvel) and it was gone. I can’t say I was that sorry to see him go. What happened? There are a gazillion reasons and theories why the Surfer failed in his first solo effort. I will list some of my own reasons I thought the book failed and then we will take a look at the high’s and lows of the run itself. For anybody who thinks this run is not a failure I say this – when you are cancelled and the Sub-Mariner continues you have done something wrong.

Undervalued Spotlight #186

Sub-Mariner #34 and #35, Marvel Comics, February and March 1971 Sub-Mariner #34 – dead. Sub-Mariner #35 – deader. Sub-Mariner the title – Deadest. There are comic books out there that are slower than they should be and Sub-Mariner #34 is…

Where Have All The Buyers Gone?

O.K, let’s all sing together (sung to “Where have all the Flowers Gone?”): “Where have all the buyers gone, long tiiiiime passing, where have all the buyers gone, from long time ago???” O.K, I admit it, I collect those cheesy…