Saturday, February 12, 2011

Strange Tales #85

The latest acquisition for my Ditko/Kirby collection was this nifty issue of STRANGE TALES #85. The first time I walked into my dad's warehouse packed with comics, the thing that caught my eye right off the bat were the pre-hero Marvels that were stacked up on the tables. They were bright and garish and featured the coolest monsters I'd ever seen! I was hooked. Eventually, I'll land them all. For now, I'm chipping away at putting together various sets.

The cool thing about this issue is that I think the main story (featuring the monster Gargantus of the cover) has never been reprinted. At least, that's my suspicion. The book has the Kirby feature story, followed by a Paul Reinman weird tale, and ends with a really neat Steve Ditko story. All in all, a fine purchase.

4 comments:

dogboy443 said...

I always loved the Ditko/Kirby big-space-monsters-who-wear-underwear era. Where Monsters Dwell, Creatures On The Loose and so many more.

HemlockMan said...

Seems I read an essay about the monsters who wore the underwear. And I think most of those were Kirby monsters, most famous among them being Fin Fang Foom, of course.

Kirk G said...

And worst yet, they NEVER changed their shorts! Ewwwww!

HemlockMan said...

They may have changed their shorts. Someone should write a story about that fact.