Marvel Madness

Marvel Madness: Dec 18, 2017 – New Mutants Graphic Novel #4 (1982)

Marvel Madness: Dec 18, 2017 – New Mutants Graphic Novel #4 (1982)

Published: September 07, 1982
Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
Writers: Chris Claremont
Pencilers: Bob McLeod
Inkers: Bob McLeod
Colorists: Glynis Wein
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski

Synopsis for “Renewal”
Various mutants around the world discover that they have extraordinary powers. After going to Professor Xavier for help, these mutants must go up against the Hellfire Club’s Donald Pierce, who has recruited Cannonball and captured Professor X. Having saved Xavier from Pierce, the mutants, along with the defecting Cannonball, are given uniforms by Xavier and designated the New Mutants.

Karma last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #100.

Marvel Madness: Dec 11, 2017 – MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #86

Marvel Madness: Dec 11, 2017 – MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #86

Published: April 10, 1982
Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2008
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Ron Wilson

Synopsis for “Time Runs Like Sand!”
Helping Mister Fantastic in his lab the Thing hears some recent news about their old foe, the Sandman. Reed tells how he and the water-based villain known as Hydro-Man were accidentally merged into a single entity dubbed the Mud Thing until the moisture was dried from their collective body and it crumbled and was turned over to the police. Coincidentally as this is being spoken of, police forensic scientists have given up on trying to separate Sandman from Hydro-Man. After one last chemical test, they give the pair up for dead and take the sealed container holding their remains and have it thrown out in a dump. However the process was slow working and once the canister is left in the dump, both Sandman and Hydro-Man manage to free themselves, finally separated from months of being fused together. The entire experience has left both men profoundly disturbed and Hydro-Man decides to cut and run, leaving the Sandman to make sense of the experience alone.

Heading into the city, Sandman realizes that he is still wanted and, with his powers on the fritz, he could easily be recognized and arrested. After stealing some clothing from a Salvation Army drop-off box, he then tries begging for some change from a man, but when he gets some attitude, Sandman resorts to brawn to convince the man to turn over enough money for him to go into the nearest bar and have a drink. Not long after the Sandman’s arrival is he recognized by the bartender. After serving Sandman a drink, the barkeep then tries to call the Fantastic Four for help. Incidentally, he is successful at getting a hold of the Thing who agrees to go down to the bar and check out the bartender’s claims, if only for a few drinks if the call turns out to be a hoax.

Taking a Sky-Cycle to the bar, Ben is surprised to see that the caller was correct in identifying the Sandman at the bar. When the Thing lifts a table ready for a fight he is shocked when the Sandman willingly surrenders. Shocked by this, Ben realizes that there is something the matter with his old foe and he decides to sit down and have a few drinks and talk things out. As it turns out, the Sandman has been reevaluating his life and talks about his past. He tells the Thing that he lived in a poor household with his mother. He tells the Thing that his name is Flint Marko. Growing up he began to steal thing and became a bully to his classmates. In high school, Flint was the most brutal player on the school football team. However, his career was cut short when it was discovered that he was throwing games to the benefit of local gamblers and was kicked off the team and expelled. Marko then went into petty crime, keeping the truth of the origin of the wealth he earned from his crimes a secret from his mother. Soon, the Sandman rose up in the ranks of petty crime.

Everything seemed to be working out for him, he even got a girl named Marcy. However, when he was eventually caught and put in jail, he discovered that Marcy had started an affair with his best friend. Driven crazy by this betrayal, Flint went on another crime spree and was arrested again. Breaking out of prison and on the run from the law, Marko ended up on a military facility where exposure to radiation caused his transformation into the Sandman.

From there, the Sandman recounts his career as a super-villain and his defeats at the hands of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and Machine Man. Finishing his tale of woe, the Thing asks where the Sandman plans on going next. The Sandman figures it is jail. Moved by this story, Ben decides that the Sandman deserves a second chance and leaves him a few more dollars and tells him to keep on the straight and narrow or he will bring him in.

Synopsis for “Farewell, My Lummox!”

Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Girl are going out on a date and have left their son Franklin in the care of the Thing for the evening. As Ben entertains his godson from the evening the pair are eventually interrupted by the arrival of the Impossible Man and his wife the Impossible Woman, much to the Thing’s dismay. The two imps are happy to announce that they have started their own family, introducing Ben and Franklin to the Impossible Kids. The Impossible Man and Woman ask to use Reed’s computers to find a new world to live in. The Thing reluctantly agrees to watch the Impossible Kids do so. The Impossible Children prove to be more trouble than their worth, especially when one of the children tags along with Franklin to watch television, influencing the others by what is seen on TV. Eventually, the Impossible parents find a suitable world — which they dub Pupppup II — and take leave with their children, much to the Thing’s relief.

Continuity Notes
Time Runs Like Sand!
The Sandman and Hydro-Man were merged into the Mud-Thing back in Amazing Spider-Man #217-218.
The Sandman gives his name as Flint Marko in this story, but this is actually an alias. The origins of this alias is explored in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1 which also provides an expanded look into Sandman’s past that are only glossed over in this story. That story states that the reason why Marko was expelled from school was not because of gambling, but because he assaulted his coach. The story also states that the reason why Marko allowed himself to be arrested was in the hopes of reconnecting with his estranged father Floyd Baker. The differences between the two stories could be chalked up to the fact that the Sandman is amending his recollection in order to gain the Thing’s sympathy.
The Sandman states that he got his powers thanks to the testing of a “nuclear device”. Amazing Spider-Man #4 states that it was a nuclear bomb test, while Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1 states that it was a nuclear reactor exploding. Giant-Size Spider-Man Vol 2 #1 states that Baker was affected by radioactive waste. That said, the exact source of the Sandman’s powers is considered a topical reference per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616.
The Sandman goes the various heroes he fought in the past. He first battled Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #4, the Human Torch in Strange Tales #115, Fantastic Four as a team in Fantastic Four #36, the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #113, and Machine Man in Marvel Team-Up #99.
The Sandman actually makes a legitimate effort to reform starting this issue. This lasts until his old Frightful Four ally the Wizard uses his ID Machine to turn him back into a criminal in Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 2 #12.
Farewell My Lummox!
The Impossible Man created his wife back in Marvel Two-In-One #60.
The Impossible Man and Woman are seeking to find a new world because the Impossible Man allowed Poppup to be consumed by Galactus in Fantastic Four #175.

Marvel Madness: Dec 4, 2017 – Infinity War #1 (1992)

Marvel Madness: Dec 4, 2017 – Infinity War #1 (1992)

Published: June 10, 1992
Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
Writer: Jim Starlin
Penciller: Ron Lim
Cover Artist: Ron Lim

When evil dopplegangers of the Marvel heroes appear, it’s all-out war! Why has Magus unleashed them on an unsuspecting world? And is the heroes only hope…Thanos?!

  • First appearances of all the doppelgangers.
  • Thanos’ arrival on Monster Island is also shown in Warlock & the Infinity Watch #7
  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for info.

Marvel Madness: Nov 20, 2017- Big Hero 6: Brave New Heroes Vol 1 #1

Marvel Madness: Nov 20, 2017- Big Hero 6: Brave New Heroes Vol 1 #1

With the release of the new Big Hero 6, Kylan picks Big Hero Six: Brave New Heroes Vol 1 #1. this is a collection of the 5 issues of the series of the same name.

Written by
Chris Claremont
Art by
David Nakayama

The astonishing return of Big Hero Six, Japan’s top heroes! • Featuring Hiro (smartest boy in Japan), Baymax (his trusty robot companion), Honey Lemon (and her magic handbag) and Gogo Tomago (the unstoppable energy ball)! • Who are the Six’s two new members — and what secrets do they hold? • Collecting BIG HERO 6 #1-5.

Marvel Madness: Nov 13, 2017 – Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol #1

Marvel Madness: Nov 13, 2017 – Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol #1

Mike got a little help with this weeks pick from his daughter Zoe. She gave him the letter Z to work with. So with that, Mike brings you Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol #1 (June 2011)

Published: June 01, 2011
Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 13, 2012
Writer: Jim McCann
Penciller: David Baldeon
Cover Artist: Michael Kaluta

Gather your family close, board up the doors, and heed well the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge-a man whom no fire could warm, whose cold heart pumped ice through his veins, and whose lips uttered a firm BAH! to any sort of happiness. But there are even bigger terrors than Scrooge himself…


Marvel Madness: Nov. 6, 2017 – JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #112

Marvel Madness: Nov. 6, 2017 – JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #112

This weeks book which is a book club pick is from Eric. With many Thor/Hulk battles that have happened over the years this is the one that stood out to Eric. We present – JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #112

Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Cover Artist: Jack Kirby

Synopsis for “The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!”
While flying through the city, Thor happens upon two groups of children arguing over the who is the stronger between Thor and Hulk. Interested in the debate, Thor lands to see what all the commotion is about, and the children ask him if he knows who is the stronger of the two.

Thor recounts for them his last encounter with Hulk. However, he goes into a part of the story that was not previously recorded.

In Thor’s recounting of the events, he and Hulk are separated from the Avengers and Sub-Mariner during their battle. Realizing Hulk’s strength, Thor asks Odin to lift the enchantment that forces Thor to change to Donald Blake after being kept from his hammer for sixty seconds, so he can pit his strength against Hulk.

Odin grants Thor’s wish, giving him five minutes free of the enchantment. However, Thor’s hammer is now vulnerable to damage, and can be picked up by anybody. Hulk to attempts to destroy the hammer, keeping Thor on the defensive during the battle…..

Synopsis for “Tales of Asgard: The Coming of Loki!”

Hear Me, Legions of Asgard! From This Moment Hence, I Proclaim Loki: Son of Odin, Half-Brother To My Well-Beloved Thor! For Better Or For Worse, Loki Is Forever-More An Immortal Of Asgard! This Have I Proclaimed! So Be It!

Odin and his army battle the warriors of Jotunheim, where he kills their leader Laufey and adopts Laufey’s son Loki as one of his own, following their victory in battle.

Chronologically the story told by Thor takes place during Avengers #3.
The Coming of Loki! story reprinted in Bring on the Bad Guys.
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A Stan Lee – Jack Kirby Marvel Masterwork!
Inking by Chic Stone
Lettering by S. Rosen
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Majestically Written by: Stan Lee
Magnificently Drawn by: Jack Kirby
Masterfully Inked by: Vince Colletta
Magnanimously Lettered by: Artie Simek
references: Avengers #3

Publication Notes
This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info



Kylan drops the handbook on us this week for the MU pick, OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE ULTIMATE MARVEL UNIVERSE 2005.

Writer: Ronald Byrd, Stuart Vandal, Sean McQuaid, Chris Biggs
Cover Artist: Mark Bagley, Morry Hollowell

The Official Handbook gets the Ultimate treatment! This volume contains in-depth bios on the Ultimates and the Ultimate X-Men, and all their friends and foes! Plus: An all-new cover by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN artist Mark Bagley, digitally painted by Morry Hollowell.

The Handbook gives histories and power descriptions for certain Ultimates and X-Men characters of the Ultimate universe.


Source Marvel and Marvel Database

Marvel Madness: Oct 22,2017-Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl #1(2005)

Marvel Madness: Oct 22,2017-Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl #1(2005)

With Halloween right around the corner, Mike brings us, Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl #1 as the MU pick of the week.

Written by
Steve Niles
Art by
Duncan Fegredo
Cover by
Duncan Fegredo



Brace yourself for the most original, innovative tale you ever — nah, it’s just giant monsters breaking things! It’s the Hulk, the Thing, Giant-Man and the Beast vs. a tidal wave of the most terrible monsters of the Marvel Universe! The Collector has inadvertently unleashed classic creatures Droom, Grogg, Goom, Rombuu, Grattu and more on New York City! Can our heroes save the day and have fun doing it?

Synopsis for “Good Monsters!”

The cosmic being known as the Collector sits within his massive museum beneath Canada. Inside this immense abode is a menagerie of various strange, and monstrous creatures that have plagued Earth in the past. Over the span of years, the Collector has captured these gargantuans one at a time and placed them within this private zoo. Now however, the Collector faces challenges not from his captured specimens, but rather from the Mole Man. The Mole Man’s forces invade the museum, setting all of the monsters free.

In Manhattan, Bruce Banner visits the Baxter Building. On the run from the army, he is hoping to find shelter with the Fantastic Four. The only team member present is Ben Grimm, who invites Banner in and gives him some food. As the two talk, the civil defense alarm sounds and Ben learns that hordes of giant monsters are now invading New York. He cannot contact the rest of the Fantastic Four, so he must rely on Banner for help. He flicks Bruce several times in the nose, instigating Banner’s transformation into the Hulk. Before the Hulk can start swinging, Ben convinces him that it would actually be more fun to take on the bigger “bad” monsters. The Hulk agrees and they go off to save the city.

The fight is a brutal one as the Hulk and the Thing take on the likes of Taboo, Grottu, Vandoom, Gargantus, Rommbu and Grogg, but even their massive strength is not enough to prevent the destruction of the city. Fortunately, Giant-Man of the Avengers and the X-Men’s Beast arrive to lend a hand. Giant Man single-handedly takes down Gargantus, but it is the Hulk who delivers the final knock-out when he body flips Rommbu onto the ever-growing pile of unconscious critters. Now, the only problem is what to do with them all. Mister Fantastic arrives after having spent some time in the Negative Zone. He activates a portal into the zone and the Hulk lifts the entire pile of monsters and hurls them through the rift. Reed closes the barrier and the crisis concludes. The “good monsters” have won the day.

Synopsis for “We Found the 9th Wonder of the World!”
Captain Kane navigates his fishing vessel through the sea. His crew’s fishing nets manage to ensnare a lobster nearly twelve-feet in length. Kane reports the phenomenon to one of his guests, Professor Briggs. This is the second of such bizarre creatures that the crew has discovered. As Kane goes into Briggs’ cabin, he finds the Professor studying the remains of a four-foot starfish. Briggs is convinced that this strange mutated sea life is related to his old colleague Doctor Parker – a scientist who disappeared over a decade ago. Briggs has a copy of a map that Parker charted before he disappeared. At the professor’s request, Captain Kane sets a course for this mysterious hidden area of the sea.

As they follow Parker’s map, the ship collides with a giant green mountain that wasn’t indicated on the chart. Kane and Briggs manage to rope together two oil barrels and use them as a flotation device, but the rest of the crew is lost. The two men come two an island. They discover a tribe of natives surrounding a massive wooden barricade. In front of the barricade is Doctor Parker tied to a post. The natives capture Kane and Briggs and secure them as well. Parker tells them that he has been experimenting with a hormone regulator serum. He tested the serum on several specimens, but could not control the animals’ growth. The product of Parker’s work makes its presence known as a giant snapping turtle bursts through the outer side of the barricade. This is Experiment 247. As natives flee in terror, the three men manage to free themselves and make for an inlet where Doctor Parker has a motor launch secured. Parker tells them that Experiment 247 is actually the second of such trials he has conducted. The original project, Experiment XYZ, was conducted years earlier. Kane and Briggs soon realize that Experiment XYZ is actually an even larger turtle, and was also the “mountain” responsible for scuttling Kane’s ship. The massive creature is too large to even notice the three men, who safely race away.

Source Marvel Database

Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl is a one-shot special.
The events of “Good Monsters” takes place early in the Modern Age of Heroes, approximately one to two years after the formation of the Fantastic Four.

Marvel Madness: Oct 8,2017 – Fantastic Four #348 (February 1991)

Marvel Madness: Oct 8,2017 – Fantastic Four #348 (February 1991)

With a lot going on in the showand Mike getting back to reality, we forgot the MU pick of the week in show. But we still have it here for you . Kylan brings us Fantastic Four #348 (Feb 1991).

Published: February 28, 1991
Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
Writer: Walter Simonson
Penciller: Gracine Tanaka, Art Adams
Cover Artist: Art Adams

The new Fantastic Four’s investigation has taken them all the way to Monster Island, home of the dreaded Mole Man. Will they find out the truth about the slain FF…or another set of secrets entirely?

Synopsis for “Where Monsters Dwell! (Or Is It… Where Creatures Roam?)”

Tricked into thinking the Fantastic Four have been murdered, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, and Ghost Rider have been gathered by the Skrull renegade De’Lila (disguised as Susan Richards) and sent on a mission to collect the item she is searching for, under the false pretense that they are seeking out the Fantastic Four’s “killers”.

Going over how “Sue” had shown them the “dead bodies” of the Fantastic Four, the so-called New Fantastic Four race off in a rocket cycle using a tracking device that will allow them to find what they think is their intended target. As they speed off, De’Lila — still disguised as Sue Richards — begins the next phase in her plan. She begins looking into the Fantastic Four’s database on the Skrulls to see if there is any reference to the device she is looking for. With little time and her ability to navigate Reed’s devices being limited, De’Lila decides to use his family as hostages in order to force him to do her bidding. (More)


Continuity Notes
The woman who appears to be Alicia Masters in this story is secretly the Skrull spy Lyja as revealed in Fantastic Four #358. She replaced the real Alicia circa Fantastic Four #265 to spy on the Fantastic Four.
After it’s appearance here Skreeal is not seen until Silver Surfer/Warlock: Resurrection #1.
The Fantastic Four’s robotic receptionist Roberta was last seen in Power Pack #57.

Continuity Errors
This story states that Monster Island is located in the Bermuda Triangle. This is not correct, as in Fantastic Four #1 it is stated that Monster Island was located in the South Pacific. However, since everyone had to pass through a strange portal to reach Monster Island from Bermuda, it could be that there is a portal to Monster Island in the Triangle similar to the one that transported Jim Scully and his eventual allies to Earth’s prehistoric past in Skull, the Slayer #1.

Source: Marvel Database

Marvel Madness _ Sept 24,2017 – Ant-Man And The Wasp #1

Marvel Madness _ Sept 24,2017 – Ant-Man And The Wasp #1

A lot of illness floating around the lair the is week. But never the less, Mike brings us this weeks MU pick of the week: Ant-MAn and the Wasp # (Nov 2010).

Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada
Cover Artists Salva Espin, Guru-eFX
Production Randall Miller

Writers Tim Seeley
Pencilers Tim Seeley
Inkers Victor Olazaba
Colourists Val Staples
Letterers Simon Bowland
Editors Jordan D. White

Two of Marvel’s smallest heroes must join forces and get over one BIG elephant-in-the-room! Eric O’Grady once STOLE the Ant-Man suit from Hank Pym. But now, Eric is the only one who knows about a secret AIM plot to steal Pym’s greatest invention! Can the two men get along long enough to save the soul of the former GOLIATH, Bill Foster? Tim Seeley, creator of ‘Hack/Slash’ brings us the big story of the two smallest Avengers!

Source Marvel Database