Comic Book Men, S02A – The Comic Book Issues: Episode Four

This episode was also pretty light on books, but before we get to those something needs to be explained. When it comes to Yetis and Sasquatches and color, Yetis are white and Sasquatches are brown. The Abominable Snowman is a Yeti; Bigfoot is a Sasquatch. Other than that, they’re kinda-sorta the same thing.

I’m not sure about the major character being able to age past a specific number thing. That seems suspect, because some characters are older than that. I move to append the rule to “No major character can age more than ten years from the age they were in their origin story.”

daredevil_1_225pxDaredevil #1
This book is a cookie-cutter blueprint for a 1960s superhero origin. The story starts out with action, then in the middle of it all the hero just pauses to think about what made him become a costumed crime fighter. Once his back story is out of the way, he shakes off nostalgia and beats up the bad guys.

Foggy Nelson, the law partner of Matt Murdock, and Karen Page, the hero’s love interest, are both introduced. Notice who isn’t introduced? Elektra. She wouldn’t appear for another 15 years plus, which makes a person wonder why the hell Fox tried to shoehorn her into the first Daredevil movie. Now that Marvel has the rights back, maybe they’ll do it right.

I wouldn’t blame them for ignoring the garish yellow costume. It didn’t last but six issues, anyway, so that wouldn’t be a problem.

Notice the appearance of Spider-Man and Fantastic Four on the cover. They don’t appear in the book. However, their appearance does tell the reader that they’re all in the same universe, which means they can get together for lunch as some point. It was this kind of continuity that made the golden era of comics successful enough to survive into the present.

invincible_iron_man_1_225pxInvincible Iron Man #1
This first issue is worth more than the Daredevil book because, like Kevin mentioned, the movie really made interest in the character of Tony Stark explode. The first issue isn’t anything particularly special. His origin story is partitioned off in the back, but it’s a truncated version of Tales of Suspense #39, which is a crown jewel of any comic collection.

This book isn’t bad, though, and it isn’t cheap either. The story is a pretty solid adventure involving Iron Man taking on Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.), an evil weapons company that has figured out how to replicate his armor. It also features a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Jasper Sitwell, who was fairly popular back in the day. Popular enough that he’s appeared in two MCU films. Can you guess which ones? Also, he was in two one-shots. Same guy (Maximiliano Hernández) in all of them. Maybe he’ll get some more screen time in the future.

To understand Agent Sitwell’s importance to the Iron Man mythology, you only need to look at Agent Phil Coulson. In the comic books, Sitwell played the same role as Coulson performs in the movie – S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison to Tony Stark. He appears in a lot of the old Iron Man books. Until he doesn’t, but I won’t tell you why. That would be a spoiler.

Not much else to say about the episode. The next show has a lot more books. Until I get that online, go check out
The Secret Stash #010: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good over on AMC’s website.

Season Two – Part One
Episode One | Episode Two | Episode Three | Episode Four | Episode Five | Episode Six | Episode Seven | Episode Eight

Other Seasons:
Comic Book Men – The Comic Book Issues: Season One
Comic Book Men – The Comic Book Issues: Season Two Bee (Coming Soon)

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