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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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