Sunday, 12 June 2016

Deathlok The Demolisher

Astonishing Tales #25 (August 1974)
Pencil art by Rich Bucker, inks by Klaus Janson
Just picked up Deathlok The Demolisher Origins pocket book published by Panini.  What a find! I didn't know these things existed.  It contains Astonishing Tales #25 - #28, #30 - #35 in full colour but the size of a paperback.

Deathlok the Demolisher Origins Panini (2014)
I first became aware of Deathlok when I read Marvel Team-Up forty years ago and have always wanted to read more about this cyborg.

Marvel Team-Up #46 (June 1976)
Pencil Art by Rich Buckler, inks: Mike Esposito
I have already blogged about this issue when I was writing about Marvel Team-Up here.  Apart from this issue I have only read the first Astonishing Tales in Marvel Firsts: The 1970s so I am looking forward to reading the rest and maybe some of the money I spent will find its way to Bill Mantlo and help with his healthcare costs.

Marvel Firsts: The 1970s Volume 2
Vital reading for Bronze Agers
Rich Buckler is much maligned these days for his swipes from/homages to Jack Kirby when he was drawing the Fantastic Four in the mid seventies but at the time I knew no better and expected to see the FF drawn this way from seeing the reprints of Jack's work in Mighty World of Marvel so I have a soft spot for Buckler.  I'm sure Joe Sinnott's inks had a lot to do with it too.

Fantastic Four #156 (March 1976)
Pencil art by Rich Buckler, inks by Joe Sinnott
The FF as slaves of Doctor Doom, Medusa's long red tresses and the Silver Surfer too!  Who could resist?