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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
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.

Notes
Chronologically the story told by Thor takes place during Avengers #3.
The Coming of Loki! story reprinted in Bring on the Bad Guys.
credits for Story

1:
A Stan Lee – Jack Kirby Marvel Masterwork!
Inking by Chic Stone
Lettering by S. Rosen
credits for Story

2:
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

Marvel Madness: Oct 29, 2017 – OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE ULTIMATE MARVEL UNIVERSE 2005

Marvel Madness: Oct 29, 2017 – OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE ULTIMATE MARVEL UNIVERSE 2005

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

Solicit
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.

Synopsis
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.

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

 

Solicit

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

Notes
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)

Notes

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

Marvel Madness: 9-17-17 – Tales Of Suspense #79

Marvel Madness: 9-17-17 – Tales Of Suspense #79

With Secret Empire coming to a close, Eric brings us one of the earliest appearances, if not the 1st of the Cosmic Cube.

This wee we present, Tales Of Suspense #79 (July 1966).

Tales of Suspense Vol 1 #79
July, 1966
Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee
Cover Artists Gene Colan

“Disaster!”
Writers Stan Lee
Pencilers Gene Colan
Inkers Jack Abel
Letterers Artie Simek
Editors Stan Lee

“”The Red Skull Lives!””
Writers Stan Lee
Pencilers Jack Kirby
Inkers Frank Giacoia
Letterers Artie Simek

Synopsis for “Disaster!”
Following his battle against the Mandarin and his creation, Ultimo, Tony Stark has returned to the States to find that his factories have been closed, his accounts frozen, and himself with a warrant for his arrest for refusing to appear before a Senate committee to reveal the secrets of the Iron Man armor. Hiding, in the dark street, Stark soon finds that his chest plate is almost out of power and that he needs to recharge it or risk his heart failing him once again.

Caught in a bind, Stark rushes to Pepper Potts’ apartment but finds that she isn’t there, just as his chest plates power runs dangerously low. Changing to Iron Man so that the built in power supplied could temporarily recharge his chest plate, Stark then seeks the aid of Happy Hogan to find that he isn’t home either. …

Synopsis for “The Red Skull Lives!”

One day Captain America sees a group of costumed soldiers on the street of New York and tries to stop them from getting away. Unfortunately for Cap, nobody sees them but himself and they manage to get away leaving the crowd to think that Cap has gone crazy. This is far from the truth, as it turns out that they are operatives of the Red Skull who were using a hypnotic device that makes them appear invisible to everyone but Captain America, in an attempt to turn the public against Cap.

The Red Skull recalls how he and his men were put in suspended animation by a gas that leaked into their bunker as it was destroyed during the final days of World War 2 and how they would later be revived by the scientists of AIM (formally known as “Them”) and that they plan to continue their attacks to make the public distrust Cap, and to make Cap question his own sanity. …
Source Marvel Database

Notes

  • THEM officially becomes Advanced Idea Mechanics this issue.
  • In the Captain America story, we learn from a World War II veteran that Cap participated in the battle at Anzio.
  • The Iron Man story begins Marvel’s first multi-title crossover, beginning in this issue of Tales of Suspense, continuing into next issue, and concluding in Tales to Astonish #82.
  • Namor, Dorma and Krang had all appeared last in Tales to Astonish #81. It was there that Dorma and Krang first began their ascension to the surface world, in an effort to escape the vengeance of Namor after Krang had tricked Dorma into accepting his marriage proposal.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Mails of Suspense. Letters are published from Larry Ahokas, Steve Martinez, Earl Davis, and Ronald W. Lindenboom.
  • The Iron Man story is reprinted in Iron Man Special #1 and Essential Iron Man #1.
  • The Captain America story is reprinted in Marvel Double Feature #3 and Essential Captain America #1 and Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (1979). It is reprinted in trade paperback Captain America: Captain America vs. the Red Skull TPB #1.
  • References: Avengers #29, Tales to Astonish #81, and Strange Tales #146

Marvel Madness: 9-11-17- Daredevil & Captain America: Dead on Arrival

Marvel Madness: 9-11-17- Daredevil & Captain America: Dead on Arrival

With Hurricane Irma threatening at time of recording, we still managed to get this week’s show/issue released. We bring you this week’s Marvel Umlimited pick, Kylan brings us this pick to you. This week’s pick is Daredevil & Captain America: Dead on Arrival

Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada
Cover Artists Claudio Villa

“Dead on Arrival”
Writers Larry Hama, Tito Faraci
Pencilers Claudio Villa
Inkers Claudio Villa
Letterers Dave Sharpe
Editors Cory Levine

Synopsis for “Dead on Arrival”
Death Stalker returns to take revenge on his arch-nemesis Daredevil. He almost succeeds until Captain America shows up to assist his old horn-headed friend.

Notes

  • This story appears out of continuity as Steve Rogers (Captain America) was assumed “dead” during this time frame and Bucky Barnes had assumed the mantle of Captain America.
  • It is also curious that Death Stalker did not refer to Daredevil by his given name Matt Murdock. Death Stalker had previously learned Daredevil’s true identity and normally referred to the hero as “Murdock” even creating a tombstone for him with his the name “Matt Murdock” inscribed

Source: Marvel Database

Marvel Madness: 9-4-17 – Captain America #117 (1968)(bc)

Marvel Madness: 9-4-17 – Captain America #117 (1968)(bc)

With Hurricane Harvey still lingering around at time of recording, we postponed this week’s show/issue. Yet still bring you this week’s Marvel Umlimited pick which is September’s book club pick as well. Mike brings us this pick to you. This week’s pick is Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969).

Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee
Cover Artists Gene Colan
Joe Sinnott
John Romita Sr.

“The Coming of…The Falcon!”
Writers Stan Lee
Pencilers Gene Colan
Inkers Joe Sinnott
Letterers Sam Rosen
Editors Stan Lee

The Red Skull has used the Cosmic Cube to switch bodies with his hated enemy Captain America. In an attempt of final revenge, he has Captain America teleported to Exile Island in the hope that his former minions, the Exiles will kill Captain America over the Red Skull’s most recent betrayal of them. As Captain America tries to find cover, the Red Skull pores over the Cosmic Cube watching the events unfold with eager eyes. When the Exiles walk the beach bemoaning the fact that the Red Skull stranded them on the island, Captain America tries to hide in a tree, however the Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube to break his cover, forcing him to have to fight the Exiles.

While Captain America has the superior fighting skills, he is not used to fighting in the Red Skull’s body and is soon overpowered by the group attack. Amused and believing that Captain America will meet his end, the Red Skull decides that he’s seen enough and decides to amuse himself by parading around as Captain America some more. This proves to be the Red Skull’s mistake, as Captain America gets the aid of an unlikely ally:…

Source: Marvel Database

Notes

    • First appearance of the Falcon.
    • This issue is reprinted in Essential Captain America 2.
    • John Romita Sr. redrew Captain America’s head for this cover.
    • General Ching is mistakenly misspelled “Chang” in this story.
    • This issue contains a letters page, Let’s Rap With Cap. Letters are published from Marty Lyon, Neal Seale, James Van Hise, Bill Cantey, David Koopman, Joe Jenkins and Bentano Haleen.

Solicit Synopsis:

Introducing Marvel’s newest and possibly most dynamic fighting hero — the Falcon! Also see Cap battle, single-handed, against the deadly Exiles! Better buy it fast!

Marvel Madness: 8-27-2017 – The Defenders #1 (August 1972)

Marvel Madness: 8-27-2017 – The Defenders #1 (August 1972)

Welcome to Monday Marvel Madness. What is Monday Marvel Madness (MMM, Triple -M)? This is the weekly column where we highlight the Marvel Unlimited pick from the latest Mighty Marvel Geeks issue. But what about the weeks there is no show? Well, a title from Marvel Unlimited will be picked and added to our pick history located here. Do you have a suggestion for us, we would love to hear from you on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

Our first book, picked by Kylan, is The Defenders #1 from August 1972.

Editor-in-Chief      Stan Lee
Cover Artists          Sal Buscema, Jim Mooney, Sam Rosen

“I Slay by the Stars!”
Writers                   Steve Englehart
Pencilers                Sal Buscema
Inkers                     Frank Giacoia
Letterers                Artie Simek
Editors                   Stan Lee

 

Synopsis

While stalking through the woods, the Hulk is suddenly stopped by the Sub-Mariner who falls out of the sky. Finding the prince of the sea trapped in a strange energy shield, Hulk travels into New York to seek the aid of Dr. Strange, the only person the brute can think can help him.

Source: Marvel Database