Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Hulk: The Brute That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The Atom



Here's the second part of the Harlan Ellison plotted / Roy Thomas scripted Psyklop story, a fondly remembered issue, as it's the first time Hulkie meets his Bronze Age lady love Jarella.
I always liked the Jarella stories, she was a likeable character, and it's always fun for Ol' Greenskin to get a brief shot at happiness before it being snatched away again, although Rascally does get more than a little bit carried away with himself here.
At some point in the scripting, Roy obviously thought it'd be fun to insert the odd Ellison story title into the dialogue, and that'd be fine, if it'd just been a couple of references.
I counted at least ten, though I've probably missed a couple, and some are arse-clenchingly painful, like when he namechecks A Boy & His Dog, Shattered Like A Glass Goblin and Repent Harlequin, Said The Ticktockman. 
Not satisfied with all that, Rascally also namechecks Arthur C. Clarke and Captain Marvel ( twice )
Calm down, Boy, calm down.


























Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Avengers: The Summons Of Psyklop



Here's the first part of a brilliant Avengers / Hulk crossover plotted by Harlan Ellison, then scripted by Roy Thomas.
In actual fact, the finished story is technically a non team-up, as ol' Jade Jaws spends most of this issue unconscious, while Earth's Mightiest Heroes don't make it to the second part of the tale in Greenskin's mag at all.
But Rascally sticks closely to Ellison's draft, ( seen in pre-FOOM mag, Marvelmania ) only really adding a bit of voodoo fun for Cap & Falc for no readily apparent reason, as well as a bizarre bit of dialogue where T' Challa begs off this month's adventure as he has pressing business back in Wakanda and Quicksilver, of all people, tells him that: None shall miss you more than I...
Oh, and there's a Captain Marvel in-joke. But there always is with Roy.





















Thursday, 1 December 2016

Mad Revisionist Westerns



Love the revisionist westerns of the '70's, me. After years of boring old John Wayne on every Sunday afternoon, we suddenly got exciting, 'Now' westerns like Little Big Man, Jeremiah Johnson, Soldier Blue, High Plains Drifter and the one us kids were safely allowed to watch, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. 
Remember the end of term, where instead of lessons, we got to watch a film in the assembly hall before breaking up for summer holidays? It was always Butch & Sundance at our school.






Mad only got round to doing a couple of those, sadly, so no Jerkymiah Lonesome or Sobber Boo Hoo, but we did get Botch Casually & The Somedunce Kid:








And Dustbin Coughman in Little Dull Man: