The main story in these two issues is perfectly fine. Dave Cockrum draws a Marv Wolfman story about the old Marvel hero Sky-Wolf, but World War II comics have to be really good to keep my interest. Plus, it’s noncontinuity.
The back-up stories in these issues are canon. The first, in #16, is Sub Mariner.
It’s a treat to see Mike Mignola drawing a Marvel comic. He didn’t do it often. Sub-Mariner is his usual grouchy self, grumbling about how annoying surface dwellers are, etc. And he saves a horse who fell off a boat. It’s a weird little thing.
We also get an Al Migrom strip in which he says Mignola came to him wanting to be an inker, but he talked him into being a penciller.
If that’s true, we all owe Milgrom a huge favor.
The back-up story in #17 is Hulk. And it’s pretty good. It’s called “A Day in the Life,” and that’s exactly what it is. We see him bouncing through the desert, drinking water, and playing with animals. I dug it. Also, I really liked Tony Salmons’ very different art style.
Creators: Bill Mantlo and Mike Mignola (Sub-Mariner), David Anthony Kraft and Tony Salmons (Hulk)
Grade: D (#16), B- (#17)