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Friday, June 23, 2006

Bill Mantlo: King of Awesome

After last night's discussion of Marvel's new Champions Classic trade and the righteousness that is Bill Mantlo, I'd like to offer further discourse proving that he is the single greatest Marvel comics writer of all time, courtesy of Incredible Hulk #290.

That's The Hulk punching MODOK in the face and telling him to back off his girlfriend. His girlfriend the undercover SHIELD agent who was just kidnapped by the Abomination, dressed up in a gold strapless bathing suit and tiara, and dropped into a giant bucket that turned her into MS. MODOK.

Further explanation should not be necessary.


More From The King of Awesome:
| The Incredible Hulk vs. Quasimodo |
| The Legion of Monsters |
| Incredible Hulk #300 |
| The Hypno-Hustler |


Blogger Mallet said...

My god i love AIM.

6/24/2006 2:20 AM

Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

This is what Marvel needs. Less Civil Wars and more AIM agents bringing forth females.

Did Lady Modok ever square off against Spider-Lizard

6/24/2006 2:47 AM

Anonymous jonni said...

Man, I am sooooo tempted to steal that pic of the AIM agent...

aaah, sod it - why not.

Cheers Chris!

6/24/2006 4:04 AM

Blogger Brandon said...

I've been on the fence about going as an AIM agent for Halloween this year. You've pushed me over dude. Though, I still have the feeling only 2 or 3 people will get it.

6/24/2006 5:09 AM

Blogger Brett said...

Great Beekeeper costume Brandon....

Ahh do it anyway, but do post up some photos somewhere for those of us who will know.

6/24/2006 9:05 AM

Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

There's Peter David Hulk, there's Bruce Jones Hulk, there's John Byrne Hulk...


The only comic run you'll ever read that has the Jade Giant squaring off against 3D Man, Silver Surfer, and Rocket Raccoon.

Chris, PLEASE tell me you have Captain Universse: Power Unimaginable, which has Incredible Hulk Annual #10, one of the greatest stories ever.

For those of you who don't know- The Captain Universe power splits Banner and the Hulk into two separate beings... while the Hulk is stomping on top of a missle silo.

In the bunker of said silo, a soldier named Custer, hearing the racket, thinks that WWIII is breaking out... so in the name of his ancestor, he kills his coworker and decides to initiate the launch of the nukes.

Can Banner and the Hulk put aside their differences to prevent WWIII??

6/24/2006 4:42 PM

Anonymous John said...

"His girlfriend the undercover SHIELD agent who was just kidnapped by the Abomination, dressed up in a gold strapless bathing suit and tiara"

Why was the Abomination wearing a gold strapless bathing suit and a tiara?

6/25/2006 4:59 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

Discussions of Bill Mantlo supercede your paltry hu-mon notions of "grammar!"

6/25/2006 6:10 PM

Anonymous greg m. said...

You, sir, are a good man.

The thing I love about Mantlo is that he handles every shithouse-rat-crazy story with the same UTMOST GRAVITY. Unlike lesser comtemporaries such as a Conway or an Englehart, Mantlo never gives in to the wink-wink or the nudge-nudge hey-I-the-writer-and-you-the-reader-both-know-this-comic-is-silly-let's-yuk-it-up tendency. The man wrote about the Hypno-Hustler with a metaphorical straight face, for God's sake. MANTLO COMICS are A DEADLY SERIOUS BUSINESS. He's like the antithesis of Warren Ellis.

In more ways than one, actually; I'd like to force-feed Ellis all 75 hypercompressed issues of ROM. There's an issue somewhere in the mid-40s where the Spaceknights are fighting Galactus that has something like an average of 12 panels to a page and about 5,000 words' worth of caption boxes. Marvel doesn't fit that much plot and exposition into a six-issue arc nowadays. In a MANTLO COMIC, THINGS HAPPEN. LOTS OF THEM.

6/26/2006 10:29 AM


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