Monday, March 23, 2015


I loved Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and have been re-watching the series on Netflix this week. (With a break right now to watch Batman: the Brave and the Bold before that comes off Netflix the end of the month...) So, a good time to blog this issue, with a cover homage to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Marvel Adventures: Avengers #13, "Attack of the 50 Foot Girl!" Written by Jeff Parker, pencils by Leonard Kirk, inks by Terry Pallot.

In this version of the team, Janet Van Dyne is Giant-Girl instead of the Wasp, but this issue she falls under the control of old-school Hulk villain Psyklop! His insectoid army is rising from beneath the surface, intent on returning to the world and maybe eating a human or two. Giant-Girl keeps falling under Psyklop's control, though, because she's still using an old version of her costume, and the Avengers visit Hank Pym for help.

After stepping on Wolverine, he uses his claws to give Giant-Girl a jab in the foot, so she climbs the Empire State Building and throws Wolvie away! He accidentally unmasks her while trying to get free, too; but Jan never seems too concerned about her identity in any continuity. Pym helps out with his Ant-Man helmet, but his boss Vernon Van Dyne won't let him out of work to be a super-hero. Yet.

Man, Psyklop could use a Marvel Legend. Creepy bug, worships ancient evil monster gods, co-created by Harlan Ellison? Pedigree should get him somewhere.

5 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Did not know Harlan Ellison co-created Psyklop. Interesting tidbit.
That I thought Cassie Lang was Giant Girl and not Janet. The things you learn reading this blog....

googum said...

This was Marvel Adventures continuity, so not really continuity, but more fun and generally more readable for me than proper Avengers comics of the same time.

I had a paperback reprint of the Hulk issues with Psyklop--dark. Dark as hell, and guest-starring the Avengers! Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema may have been in on creating Psyklop, too.

Dale Bagwell said...

Really now? Interesting. I could go for some Bronze Age dark.
Like how dark we talking?

googum said...

The Avengers portion of the story takes place mostly in swamps, with creepy voodoo cultists, a serpent guardian, a Shazam reference...hey!

Dale Bagwell said...

Nice. I may have to keep note of this one and hunt it down.