Monster of the Day #1070 Updated on January 2, 2015 By Ken Begg 11 Comments Surely the knife’s just pro forma; the guy can tear apart Uboats with his bare hands. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1677 (Dec 15, 2017) Monster of the Day #1676 (Dec 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1675 (Dec 13, 2017) Monster of the Day #1674 (Dec 12, 2017) Monster of the Day #1673 (Dec 11, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Flangepart AUG. No.35 Post Yalta, eh? And who knew commies had auto-loading spear guns and trained commie octopuses. Luke Blanchard Marvel’s most successful Golden Age characters were the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and Captain America. But there was a great die-off of superhero features in US comics in the later 40s, and all three fell victim to it. In the mid-50s Marvel tried a revival of their features, beginning with YOUNG MEN #24 in Aug. 1953 (on sale date), but didn’t stick with it, so the Captain America and Human Torch revivals were over in less than a year. The Sub-Mariner’s feature continued a bit over a year longer. Although the Sub-Mariner’s creator, Bill Everett, drew the stories, in the earlier part of the revival Namor lacked super-strength and the ability to fly. A story with this version of Namor – in fact, from the above issue – can be found in Les Daniels’s MARVEL book. It involves a monster named Elmer which looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon and is afraid of water. Marvel gave Subby his strength and ankle wings back in SUB-MARINER COMICS #38, at a point when the others’ features had already been cancelled, and cancelled the title with #42. He next returned in FANTASTIC FOUR #4 (1962) as the heroes’ antagonist. Luke Blanchard Might I suggest four more cephalopod images, for possible use in the future? -First, the original cover to Gilberton’s CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #56, adapting Victor Hugo’s THE TOILERS OF THE SEA, which shows Gilliat fighting the octopus. When Gilberton updated the adaptation it instead used a painted cover showing the octopus lurking. -Second, the cover to MARVEL CLASSIC COMICS #4, which reprinted an adaptation of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA originally published by Pendulum Press. This shows Nemo in the grip of the giant squid. -Third, the painted cover of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES, June 1945, which reprinted William Hope Hodgson’s THE BOATS OF THE ‘GLEN CARRIG’. The cover depicts the sequence where the sailors spot a derelict ship covered by a giant “devilfish”, and recalls Montfort’s famous image of a giant octopus attacking a ship (Monster of the Day #112). -Fourth, the B&W cover of THE ILLUSTRATED POLICE NEWS Oct. 17, 1896, which is unmissable. Beckoning Chasm Hey, octopus–you’re trying to grab Namor by using your arms with the sucker-side UP. You’re doing it wrong. Gamera977 Elmer? I keep thinking Elmo from Sesame Street- him fighting Namor gives me the giggles. bgbear_rnh Rooskies in Toobskies Rodford Smith This theme makes me wonder if there was a comic book adaptation of _It Came From Beneath the Sea_. Luke Blanchard The Bear Alley blog, which is devoted to British comics and genre literature, has a two-part item on Harryhausen comics. According to the first part, the only comic adaptation of IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA was an advertising item called a press strip. Google “Bear Alley” “Ray Harryhausen Films in Comics” to find the posts. (There a some adult material elsewhere at the site.) The post only has a single panel from the press strip, but the whole thing can be found in a message board thread by doing an image search for “It Came From Beneath the Sea” “strip” “Classic Horror Film Board”. I’m sorry I can’t provide a link. When I do that the board puts my posts in moderation. Apparently, a company called Arcana published a graphic novel sequel called IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA… AGAIN! a couple of years ago. If I follow the information I found correctly this was originally a troubled mini-series project from Bluewater Productions. I’m not on top of what parts it managed to get into print or published digitally. The cover of TALES OF SUSPENSE #8 features a critter probably inspired by the movie. The artist, Jack Kirby, earlier drew a similar but smaller critter for the cover of SHOWCASE #12. Researching this post I stumbled on a site called Poulpe Pulps which has many pulp and comics covers with octopus attack and octopus monster images. Flangepart Oh, the Bluewater crap…yeesh. Lousy stories, dumb plots… and the art! bird cage liner. Eric Hinkle Mister Blanchard, you seem to be able to find and recommend the best darned sites. Thank you. Rodford Smith I saw one issue each of their attempts to follow up _Earth vs. the Flying Saucers_ and _20 Million Miles to Earth_. Ugh.