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Every week, I’ll examine the five goofiest moments from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book series. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.
This week, we look at Journey into Mystery #94-98, all plotted by Stan Lee, with scripts by Robert Bernstein in #94-96 and Lee himself in #97-98. Pencils and inks from Joe Sinnott in #94-96, pencils and inks from Don Heck in the lead story of #98 plus inks on the lead story in #97 and inks on the back-up in #98, pencils from Jack Kirby on #97 and the back-up of #98 and inks from George Roussos on the back-up in #97.
As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).
Man, why didn’t they just do this after Fear Itself?
I love the random ass tests that governments got up to during the Silver Age…
“Yeah, we’re just going to detonate a nuke in outer space. You know, just cuz.”
The Cobra’s origin is basically that he is some moron ex-crook that a scientist tried to rehabilitate but the ex-crook got jealous of the scientist’s success so he killed him with a cobra bite. The cobra bit him, too, but he had the antidote. What he DIDN’T know was that the cobra was radioactive. So it gave him powers. Okay, whatever, that is, in and of itself, goofy, but it is hard to make too much fun of that when that’s the basic premise behind Spider-Man, ya know? However, how do you go from “cobra powers” to inventing all of this hi-tech gear?!?
What a strange code for a warrior to have. “He has my friend captive, but I can threaten him because of my code!”
5. “I love it when a plan comes together” Part I
Really? That’s your brilliant plan, Merlin?
How did you know your crypt would EVER be opened?!?
4. But you just said you had telepathy…
Later in Journey #96, Merlin thinks about his powers…
and yet he is defeated by a BLUFF!
Professor X would shake his head in shame at that display of telepathy, Merlin.
3. Odin does NOT mess around…
He went all Homer Simpson on Loki’s Bart.
2. “I love it when a plan comes together” Part I
The best part about Loki’s plan here is the visual display of the human skull…
So that’s extremely goofy. How could it not be number one? Read on…
1. Talk about a renaissance man!
Yes, in the grand fashion of Marvel doctors everywhere, Donald “I am only a medical doctor” Blake…created an ANDROID!!!!
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