From Thor Vol. 1 #316.
A terrific story by any standard: Kid shows up dead wearing a Robin costume and the police, not knowing Robin’s secret identity, have to treat it like the real Robin is dead.
It’s awesome, and for many critics represented the high water mark for this series.
It’s so great, we can even let them get away with inserting a silly panel like this…
Someone loves Left Banke.
Dear readers, I bring you the best singer-songwriter album of 2015 (so far). Carry, Illinois is Lizzy Lehman, a woman with a voice like Chrissie Hynde mixed with butter, who writes pop songs in the classic rock styles of Fleetwood Mac. And yes, I did read the same thing from the press release–but I read that after I’d already formed the opinion. The influences are clear, obvious, and wonderful. The songs are so good, in fact, that’s it hard to imagine one person wrote them all.
“Alabaster” also balances well between plaintive ballads and pop songs that, if there were still good radio stations, would be fighting for space in the top 40. There’s not a lot of room for independent, unique-sounding singer-songwriters these days. Hozier gives me hope, but otherwise everyone seems to be trying to do what Taylor Swift does.
It is albums like this that make me glad I still run this blog. It’s hard, as blogs are dying off and my readership has dwindled to less than a thousand readers a day, to stay focused. To stay invigorated. But getting to hear albums like this, which I never would have found on my own, and knowing I can play a tiny part in this band’s future success, is why I started this blog way back in 2001….
Sadly, only the above two songs are offered for streaming–no mpfrees, no album streams–but their 2014 release is for sale (cheap!) on Bandcamp, below…
The initial years of the 1970s began with two fairly uninspired MODOK stories. First,Captain America #1240-in which MODOK makes a robot and Cap has to fight it, a tale called: Mission: Stop the Cyborg!. Then, Captain America #132-133, in which MODOK incites riots and tries to make Cap look like a protester-hater (pictured above). The first story is basically “smash the robot” and the second is too similar to issue #119, in which MODOK incited college kids to riot. We also get a little more development of his origin story, but in all it’s not really a great use of the MODOK brand. These stories really treat MODOK too seriously—he’s a generic mad scientist. It’s a waste of his petulance and enormous head. MODOK deserved better. But then we get the wonderful, the brilliant, Sub-Mariner #47-49.
I say it’s brilliant, and I admit that might be a stretch, but it’s the first time MODOK strays away from Captain America-and the first time he meets Dr. Doom!
Plus, we see him building (pun intended) on his robot-making skills to create an entire army. We already know, from his first appearance, that his AIM henchmen hate him—so it makes sense that he’d create an unthinking, completely obedient group of soldiers to do his bidding.
Gerry Conway and Gene Colan brought us this story, which came out in 1972.
MODOK first appeared in 1967, and at the end of that appearance the panel caption said he was dying. And he appears to have remained dead for several years.
I don’t know how they could let a character as completely crazy as this one stay dead, especially in the 1960s.
We see a reference to him in Captain America #112 (right), but this is a flashback and tribute to the character.
But, apparently, Kirby still loved his wacky creation.
MODOK is officially revealed to be alive in Captain America #119, the penultimate issue of the four-issue arc introducing The Falcon (which you can read more about here) . He, along with Red Skull and other baddies, is on a race to find the Cosmic Cube.
Captain America #120 is technically the end of the Falcon story, because the story wraps on page one of that comic. But it’s not really about Falcon. The rest of the issue is a bizarre “only in the 1960s” book in which Captain America goes undercover at a college as a Physical Education teacher to prevent AIM from kidnapping a real professor. This was also the first time Jack Kirby wasn’t involved in a MODOK appearance. The art in this story is by Gene Colan. So, this is the first non-Kirby MODOK issue!
MODOK, you’ve officially arrived as a Marvel character!
Next: The 1970s Begin