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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Fun With Literary Classics

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

Today we take a look at a good example of the sort of throwaway plots that Stan Lee would come up with in the pages of Strange Tales. It is a twist on a literary classic. Can you guess which one?

Obviously, when you’re coming up with multiple five-page plots EVERY month, it can get beyond tedious, so as a result, a lot of the Strange Tales back-ups could get pretty cheezy. One thing I noticed that Stan Lee started to do around 1963/1964 was he would occasionally riff on literary classics. Like a bunch of tiny people who trip a guy up and he’d be all, “What’s the deal?” And he’d return home and we’d get the zinger…his name is Gullivar!

This one, however, takes another approach…

Cheesy? Oh definitely, but I think it has a certain charm to it, as well.

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Yeah, this one was kind of fun.I didn’t guess the Robinson Crusoe bit until the boat sank.

In one story, a researcher attempting to reincarnate himself as a person in the past, the richest man in the world at the time. He succeeded-as Edmond Dantes in prison. This refers to the Count of Monte Cristo. This tale appeared in Fear#6 as a reprint. Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #66 (March 1961)

A hunter had the cadaver of Quaismodo in another tale.

Count Dracula (who had actually stood in the public domain since 1898 due to Stoker’s improperly applying for intellectual property rights for the novel) appeared in some Atlas stories. Another tale mentioned it setting as the “land of Dracula” but as I recall Dracula did not appear in the tale.

The Frankenstein Monster also appeared in Atlas stories.

I seem to recall some Atlas story that featured the Mr. Hyde formula. Perhaps the Timely-Atlas group would have that info?

Well, he was only really alone until, ahem. Friday.

Shangri-La appeare din two Atlas era tales.

I was pretty sure this would turn into a “buried alive” ending until he bought the boat. Then I figured he’d get set adrift after a mutiny. Wouldn’t a more practical solution simply be to become so rich and powerful that no one would ever dare to accuse him of anything, let alone convict him?

Well, maybe not more practical, but more fun.

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