Tales to Astonish #84

Posted in To Be HULKinued · Jan. 14, 2017, 1:06 p.m. · 201 words

Reading Jack Kirby comics is often more about the journey than the destination and this sadly marks the dead-end conclusion of his run on the Hulk. Kirby had been filling in on the Sub-Mariner co-feature in Astonish, setting up a storyline that would unite the book in a thrilling crossover battle. But then he stopped drawing Namor and abruptly gave up doing layouts for the Hulk, with the result that in this issue the two pass each other in a movie theater but never actually meet. Instead, the Hulk watches some news footage that conveniently wraps up the Boomerang plot of the last several issues, then has a fight with a train. I love ya Jack, but this is an AWFUL way to go out.

Also noted:

  • If you're wondering how to spot a Marvel comic that was slapped together in a last-minute deadline crunch, an art credit to "Almost the whole blamed Bullpen" is a pretty good place to start.
  • Meanwhile in subplot land, Rick Jones finds a way to drive out of Florida — by borrowing a car from a sinister cigar-smoking man in a Hawaiian shirt, who warns him not to look in the trunk. What could possibly go wrong?