Here’s another delightful find, this time from 1980: Tales to Astonish issue 13. The first that makes this noteworthy is the issue’s title “Death, Thou Shalt Die.” Sounds like something from Plan 9 From Outer Space. It begins with the Sub-Mariner mourning the loss of his beloved Lady Dorma. He then leaps into battle fighting Naga, this reptile-man with a magic crown made of snakes. He also faces Naga’s trusted bodyguard Karthon, a big brute character. When Sub-Mariner’s got Naga on the ropes, Naga reveals the body he saw wasn’t Lady Dorma, it was… Karthon’s wife? The issue ends with Sub-Mariner and Karthon beating up Naga, making Naga the dumbest villain imaginable.
This issue also had some noteworthy ads. One is for a kid’s cartoon show featuring the cast of Happy Days traveling through time. I’d like to find that show. Another ad features Iron-Man advertising fruit pies. While rifling through a bucket of fruit pies, Iron-Man says “Send in these Hostess Fruit Pies, then I’ll listen in on their conversation with my cyber-helmet receiver…” Later, he manages to punch several goons at once and fruit pies fly through the air. While doing so, he says “Now’s the time for a little heavy-handedness!” I’m not making this up.
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