Monday, March 19, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "The Sting of the Widow!" by Conway, Heck, and Everett

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! It's the finale of the Black Widow vs. the Astrologer saga from Amazing Adventures #7 (April 1971). The thing Ol' Groove remembers most about this comic is the Goliath (Clint Barton version, natch) cameo, and the fact that I had doubles of this ish, so I traded a copy for a copy of Avengers #88 (the comic that made me a Marvel Maniac, you bet!). Story by Gerry Conway, art by Don Heck and Bill Everett--beware..."The Sting of the Widow!"


  1. The Widow series was always good for a little cheesecake shot of Natasha. My young eyes were full of her bounteous assets. The Goliath cameo if for no other reason than it showcases some exquisite Don Heck machinery. Heck had a knack for taking the Kirbyesque equipment and adding in his own distinctive and lovely lines. Not unlike a car designer from the heyday.

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  2. One wonders whether they'd decided to wind down the Black Widow strip at this point: Roy passed the scripting on to Gerry Conway, and the art chores were now by Don Heck (inks still by Bill Everett, though, which went a long way).

    Were they still feeling their way? Ivan had dropped the old movie references (I recall in the lettercols in issues following that there had been some slight controversy at Ivan saying "Care for a workout, sister?"...back then it was interpreted by some as an invitation to activity of a carnal nature :-)), and Natasha was about to migrate to Daredevil's mag, where she would soon (thankfully) drop the whole "Woe, I'm certain death for those I care about" angle.

    It felt more like a filler than part of a planned progression, but no matter - bigger things were in store for her.

  3. Yay! Only one more installment left on the Don Heck run of the Black Widow. At least Bill Everett helped as much as he could. It's amusing to see Heck try to replicate the sensuality of the Widow (including "risque" poses)that Gene Colan mastered in his brief time chronicling the lovely Natasha.



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