Got a double-feature for ya this weekend, /co/mrades.
Starting with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Rawhide Kid reboot.
Issue theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCCwcZOTpLY
Yeah, I'm sure nothing bad will happen to this guy.
(This is from 1960, couple years before Spider-Man, actually.)
The reason I'm storytiming these is, I was thinking about my favorite comic characters, one of which is Jonah Hex, and wondered who would be the Marvel equivalent. I'd heard of the Rawhide Kid but figured it would be nowhere near as gritty as Hex, until I found out about Kirby and Lee's version. So here I am posting it now.
Hm, so this is basically Hawk and Dove: 1891?
And that's it for our first issue. After I get my coffee I'll be back with our second character.
Here we go with the Marvel analogue to my other favorite character.
However, it's not quite who you're thinking right now!
RHK has been good so far. Not as good as Weird Western Tales but it was over a decade earlier.
I do love Ka-Zar, but he's not who I'm reading this issue for.
Well, yeah. But look at when it was. DC at least tried with All-Star Western. Maybe if Red Wolf sells silly good, we get more of westerns.
Oh. Well, I'll see in few pages.
And if you didn't have it spoiled for you in the credits, you probably know who I'm talking about now.
>Is that an appropriate subject for a kids' comic, American?"
And here's the man- er, thing himself, Man-Thing!
Yep, my favorite DC character is Swamp Thing, and I know Man-Thing has never really reached the lofty heights of Alan Moore's bearded peaks, but Steve Gerber's classic run is supposed to come pretty close.
And here we have guest artist Neal Adams with some fantastic pencils styled after the original black and white (or more often black and yellow) Man-Thing tales.
He does cause others to howl. Who's writing that anyway?
Man-Thing and Swamp Thing's origins really are dubiously similar, aren't they?
But as Roy Thomas said years later, the characters went in such totally different directions that it doesn't matter anyway.
Frank J. Barbiere From what I see, wrote bunch of Dark Horse titles and some Marvel work, like Axis Revelations.
It wasn't bad as setup issues go. Dum Dum is in charge of monsters and they go where regular agents can't go. Man-Thing is their version of Hulk, goes to action only when situation is out of control.
And Dum Dum is OK with being robot. As long as there are spare bodies, he'll keep up good fight.
The story goes like this. Roy Thomas and Stan Lee came up with the original idea for Man-Thing, then passed it off to Gerry Conway for scripting, who was rooming with Len Wein at the time. Wein was writing his original story for Swamp Thing while Conway was writing his script for Man-Thing.
The sequence is: First Wein's Swamp Thing comes out, then later on Conway's Man-Thing comes out. Wein then writes a story for Man-Thing at Marvel, that inspires DC editorial to ask him to do a Swamp Thing ongoing. The ongoing retells his origins in a way very similar to the one Conway wrote for Man-Thing. So maybe it was a coincidence, maybe it was unconscious, or maybe Wein just wanted to continue his Man-Thing work over at DC. The fact is that Wein's idea did come first, Conway did write the origin first, but that both characters are clearly very derivative of the Heap.
Exactly. And after Alan Moore the characters had basically nothing in common anymore aside from being some sort of thing that sometimes lives in a swamp.
Also these damn street name captchas are fucking murder.
Well, where Alan Moore passes, it's usually left different. Imagine if he had free rein writing Spider-Man or something like that.
>Also these damn street name captchas are fucking murder.
Use Legacy captcha, you'll type words or numbers
Much better, thanks.
Actually JMS' Spidey (at least in concept) seems about what Moore might do. Or he might have Spider-Man become a gay rapist magician.
The Alien 3 soundtrack is going very well with this.
Man I really liked this.
End of the first chapter. Be back tonight with Rawhide Kid #18 and Astonishing Tales #13.