Monday, January 25, 2016

Marvel-ous Mondays: "Evil Is All In Your Mind!" by Englehart, Sutton, and Giacoia

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Can you dig it? Another episode of the bouncing Beast! This one is chock-full of great stuff--villains like Mastermind, Unus the Untouchable, and the Blob! The Marvel Universe return of Patsy Walker (Baxter) and Buzz Baxter! Lots'a snappy patter by Hank McCoy! And a mysterious lady from the Beast's past! Are you ready for the Steve Englehart/Tom Sutton/Frank Giacoia wonderment to begin? Then, let's go! From Amazing Adventures #13 (April 1972), here is..."Evil Is All In Your Mind!"

Cover art by John Romita





















6 comments:

  1. I learned to love comics while I was in the hospital for a couple of weeks in April and May of 1972 just short of my twelfth birthday and started buying comics as soon as I got out. What a great summer for comics.

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    1. My main memories of being in the hospital a lot as a kid in the 70s (I was a sickly child lol)are of my mom bringing me random stacks of comics. Lay around in bed all day reading comics with pretty nurses waiting on me while my friends were stuck in school all day? Sounds like a plan!

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  2. Awesome posting Groove! SO, somewhere around the age of 12 I freaked out when I saw the Beast had switched from human Beast to beast Beast and never saw the story saying how that transpired. I was troubled with this for decades, never knowing what happened. Finally, at the age of 50 or so I picked up the Marvel Archive and caught up, and could finally start sleeping at nights. CHeers!

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  3. Very expensive to buy copies of these stories nowadays, so it is nice to read one.

    Mastermind is not one to learn a lesson. One X-Man left him a quivering, loony wreck in this story, and Jean Grey had to do it to him again - with gusto - when he turned her into the Black Queen. And he still came back at the X-Men again years later!

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  4. I'll never understand the praise Frank Giacoia's inking has received. To me the harsh, thick lines he used, which blotted out any fine-line detail a penciler put into the artwork, were extremely irritating. They pretty much ruined any enjoyment I had me when he was on a title. Although not as bad as Esposito, Tartaglione and Giella, imo he was among the worst inkers of all time.

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    1. Giacoia was highly respected as an artist, but he was too slow a penciller. His thick, heavy line was good for Jack Kirby and other powerful artists, but totally wrong for Sutton, who was best when inked by himself or Dan Adkins. For some examples of Frank's Marvel penciling in the Silver Age, check out Avengers #73 or 87.

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