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MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Sub-Mariner Volume 8

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS The Sub-Mariner Volume 8

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Closeout Price! Collects Sub-Mariner #61-72, and Marvel Spotlight #27, 1973-74 and '76. Recommended. By Steve Gerber et al. Art by Bill Everett, Howard Chaykin, Don Heck, Jim Mooney et al. A special treat here, we have Subby's creator Bill Everett drawing his signature strip for his final episode and co-writing three issues with Steve Gerber and Howard Chaykin. Bill was one of the finest artists to come out of the Golden Age, but Subby was nearly his only break-out character amongst a legion of more forgettable heroes (and heroines, like Subby's gal Namora). This volumes completes the Sub-Mariner's original Marvel Age series.

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A special treat here, we have Subby's creator Bill Everett drawing his signature strip for his final episode and co-writing three issues with Steve Gerber and Howard Chaykin. Bill was one of the finest artists to come out of the Golden Age, but Subby was nearly his only break-out character amongst a legion of more forgettable heroes (and heroines, like Subby's gal Namora). This volumes completes the Sub-Mariner's original Marvel Age series.

It begins when Dr. Hydro's human-amphibian hybrids attack Atlantis. Namor wins the day, but his people oppose him after he takes in the outcast army. Then, a nerve gas explosion leaves Namor crippled and unable to defend his realm from Orca and an upstart kingdom.

Reed Richards will craft a new costume to help him fight again, but nothing will be able to contain the rage of the Savage Sub-Mariner! Also featuring "Tales of Atlantis," a backup feature exploring the legends of Atlantis!

There is also some fine work here by Dan Adkins, two more Golden Age veterans, Syd Shores and Jim Mooney, plus Chaykin, Joe Sinnott, Vince Colletta and others.

Bill Everett battled with a drinking problem throughout his career, but all through the 1950s he produced exemplary work, just like Wally Wood was doing while battling his own demons. In the mid-sixties, Bill returned to Marvel to create the first issue of Daredevil, which he couldn't carry on and Wally Wood took over. But Everett kept working at it, and Stan kept giving him work, resulting in some of the fine stories in this collection, where he recaptures the magic that made him THE Sub-Mariner artist, whether in the 1940s, in the 1950s revival (which lasted for 11 fine issues), or finally coming full circle into the Marvel Age, here.

The Sub-Mariner's royal bearing and tempestuous attitude have made him one of the most unique “heroes” in comics from day one, back in 1939.

New Introduction by Roy Thomas..."My intro for Vol. 7 of this series was basically a celebration of "Wild Bill" Everett, as Stan Lee had dubbed him. Issues #50-61, nearly a year's worth of Sub-Mariner issues, were Bill's sub-sea swan song on the character he created..." Bill would die about the time #61 went on sale, and as Stan's right hand man, editor Roy Thomas had to jump through hoops to complete the sequence and lay in new creators to continue the series. It's a fascinating bit of comics history as both writers and artists stepped into to help out. But sales never recovered all the juggling, and the last issue was #72.

Surprisingly, in the final issue Roy and Dan Adkins secretly snuck in a meeting between Subby and DC's Aquaman, written by Aquaman writer Steve Skeates himself. Another interesting bit of history!

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Item Code MMT8H
Publisher Marvel
Publish Date 2018
ISBN 9781302909628
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 280pg
Color Full Color
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