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#JackedKirby - 13 Days of Halloween... Kirby Style! ☠️☠️☠️
Tales of Suspense was the home to many a monster tale from the pencils of Kirby/Ditko/Heck and many others... so many creature features, monstrous threats and aliens abound in an anthology title that anchored Marvel’s early years when it came to creativity. Usually Jack pencilled the cover and one of the features, like this one. #Issue19 from July of 1961... The Green Thing!!!
Not every story was so complex... but they were clever! In this one a botanist thinks that plants have intelligence and sets out to prove it. He develops a serum that will enhance the plants intelligence (never a good idea) and sets off for a deserted island that has a rare breed of plant. ☠️☠️☠️
He can’t find the rare plant, so he injects a weed instead. The intelligence does increase... as does it’s size and strength! The weed threatens the scientist with a plan to take over the world, so the scientist destroys his boat engine in the hopes of trapping the weed on the island...
The scientists then finds the rare plant... who he injects also (Why?) but this time the plant is highly intelligent and reasonable. The plant destroys the weed, lectures the scientist about academic incompetence and constructs him two pars so that he could return to the mainland and never try this nonsense again!
I really love the design of the weed monster, especially on the opening splash page (pic 2) where Kirby gets to really embrace the ridiculous nature of the character. Also, check out the little MC logo in the top right corner (pic 3). This was the Marvel Comics logo that was introduced in 1961... and this was the first issue of Tales of Suspense it appeared on!!!
NEW HORROR COMIC STUDS!! (Zoom in to see the details!)These will be in the shop later today. I was too excited not to share early. I only made one of each. Want a pair? Dm me & I’ll make a private listing.$8 each and free shipping.