Monday, July 31, 2017

Marvel-ous Mondays: "In the Path of Solam!" by Drake, Heck, and Tartaglione

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ya know, I've been accused of having little-to-no taste, but I yam what I yam, and I yam one who digs Don Heck's art on these early Captain Marvel epics. I guess the kid in me (who totally flipped for this particular ish) is still alive and well and in control. If that's good or bad, I dunno, but hey, I'm having a good time here! Captain Marvel #6 (July 1968) was my first dose of our Space Born Super-Hero (which may explain a lot!) and, as I said, it blew me away. Colorful, action packed, easy to digest art (and I have to say, some of those Don Heck/John Tartaglione panels still make my pulse pound: the splash; the second panel of page 5; panel 1 on page 15; all of page 19; and the top panel of page 20), and a fun story by Arnold Drake with a good mix of superheroics, sci-fi, and soap opera. Oh, and I didn't buy this one--got it from one of my uncles on a family vacation. It was coverless, and if I'd seen it with the cover I'd probably have flipped even more, 'cause I do so dig that cover (never actually saw it until I got Internet in 1998, by the way). Anyhow, I still have a soft spot for this ish, so I hope you can share at least some of my enjoyment as we find ourselves..."In the Path of Solam!"


  1. You and me brother! I still remember reading this particular issue in the rain under a homemade lean-to nibbling on a pickle loaf sandwich. That's pretty particular I know, but it's a sign how much these early Captain Marvel comics inserted themselves into my memory and imagination. Don Heck takes a lot of incoming, but he's always been a fave. This comic shows his dynamic storytelling.

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  2. Green Marvell is best Marvell!!! Heck was in a very unenviable position of following Colin on Marvell and a few years later on DD. Why Stan Lee would do that to him/ us I have no idea .

  3. Nice one, Groove! A fun issue. I've always really dug Marvel's Captain Marvel. I'm actually one of the few people I know who is not a fan of his death. (A good story, but a waste of a great character).

    The art in this issue was awesome as well, but I'm getting a distinct Ditko vibe from it. In fact, a lot of the pages remind me of Ditko's work on Captain Atom. (Another famous white haired superhero captain).



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