We previously shared a splash panel and a Doc Ock value stamp from this issue. But, Avengers #130 has a couple other interesting pages worth salvaging from the beat up copy we found. At the Swordsman’s funeral, Thor – a Norse god – eulogizes his departed comrade with words from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. A few pages later, Hawkeye gives an honest reaction to the origin of Mantis. It’s more than a little like Miracleman’s wife’s reaction to his “bloody stupid” origin.
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John Byrne’s establishing shot of the evil planet Apokalips may well be the high water mark for Legends. The series attempted to simplify and reintroduce some characters in the wake of DC’s continuity-destroying Crisis on Infinite Earths. Other than kick off what many fans remember as a cool run for the Suicide Squad, the series won’t be remembered for much. But, we will always remember this stunning planet, seething with electric and cosmic energy, bathed in a wash of interstellar light effects, its complex surface suggesting massive structure with tiny lines. From a student’s perspective, this panel abounds with art lessons. Welcome to the John Byrne Academy of Awesome!
- From Legends #1; DC, 1986;
New Teen Titans #7 gave us the origin of Titans Tower: the T-shaped building serving as their headquarters, home away from home, and high-tech clubhouse. We see that Cyborg’s father built the Tower, a fact hidden from the reader for the first six issues.
Cyborg blames his father for the research accident at S.T.A.R. Labs that killed his mother and disfigured Cyborg. This issue gives us more insight into those events, and takes an unexpected turn for Victor and his father.
Keep in mind that in New Teen Titans #6, the Teen Titans just got done preventing satan from taking over the universe – satan being Trigon, Raven’s demonic dad from an alien hell. They arrive home at Titans Tower to find something amiss.
So of course, they smash in through a wall before Victor calmly produces a set of blueprints. Behold, they include what every super hero lair requires: a cool schematic!
About half of this issue concerns a battle with the team of super villains that infiltrated Titans Tower. Although beautifully drawn by George Perez, it has little to do with our focus here: Titans Tower. Soon the bad guys get the upper hand and produce Cyborg’s dad. His unexpected appearance carries a big reveal: He built the Tower!
Insert more epic super battles here. After the Titans defeat the enemy team, Cyborg’s dad needs to get something off his chest. Victor reluctantly listens, but soon his resentment gives way to compassion. Although he blames his father for both his own fate and his mother’s, Victor learns the same mishap began slowly killing his dad, too.
The final two pages of this story could not be farther in tone from the somewhat typical good guy/bad guy showdown that led up to them. Wolfman and Perez condense the final days of a father and son into a montage, a cinematic effect enhanced by Wolfman’s narrative “voice over” in the captions.
The closing scene begins a new era of peace for Cyborg. Changed forever by making peace with his father, he becomes less prone to lash out angrily at an unjust world. Soon, he will begin working with children who also have prosthetic limbs, playing baseball with them, and inspiring them to be strong. He will even learn to love again.
X-men #30 from 1994 has a wrap-around cover featuring the wedding of Scott “Cyclops” Summers and Jean Grey (Marvel Girl, Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, Black Queen, etc.). We had it unfolded and framed until it seemed like a fun wedding present to drop in the mail. Before it left, we snapped a couple pics, including our favorite panels from the issue: Professor X feels a bit melancholy after the wedding, until he opens a letter from his old pal Logan… better known as Wolverine.
- From X-Men #30; Marvel, 1994.
The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey in “The Ties That Bind.” Script by Fabian Nicieza, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan. Includes 3 Fleer Ultra cards celebrating the wedding of Scott and Jean (painted art by Bob Larkin). Kubert/Ryan wraparound cover. Cover price $1.95.
- From Wolverine: Enemy of the State by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
One summer we visited a friend on the other side of town quite often. As it turned out, we were always hungry, and she never had any food. So, we would walk over to the store, get some grub, and talk for hours. At that store, one of the ‘gumball’ vending machines by the door had Marvel superheroes. They cost a few quarters, and came in that little plastic ball. You assembled the pieces and… Presto! We took quarters on every visit until we got the whole set.
We definitely got our quarters’ worth of entertainment out of them, and then some. The heroes no longer reside at Martian HQ. They accepted a mission to spread joy and rescue the universe. Their quest took them to the farthest interdimensional reaches of California.
Click here to discover how that went.