Happy New Year! This episode takes a concentrated look at roughly one-third of the most-significant of Marvel’s output throughout 1972. The Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) talk in depth about a Stan Lee’s vision of Ragnarok in Thor #200, The Amazing Spider-Man’s discovery of his Aunt May’s terrible life choices in issues #113-115, more terrible Avengers stories-but this time featuring the Sentinels in issues #102-104, Warlock #1-3 with Counter-Earth shenanigans and the introduction of the Soul Gem, Ghost Rider’s sublime first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #5, more excellent comics featuring Black Widow and the secret of Project Four in Daredevil #90-91, the first three issues of the Defenders in their own title, Captain America versus Captain America (from the ’50s) in issues #153-156 and the woman who would become Tigra’s debut in The Cat #1. The boys discuss the contributions of creators Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, Mike Friedrich, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog, Sal Buscema, John Romita, Joe Sinnott, Gil Kane, Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.
The boys also rate their favorite stories, creators, heroes/villains and covers from 1972.
Welcome to the Marvel Age! Each month PTBN Comics’ very own Sarcastic Four (Nick Duke, Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and Todd Weber) take an in-depth,year-by-year look at Marvel Comics’ publishing history, focusing the most significant stories from that year. The team looks at important character debuts, discusses significant comic creators, and places social and historical context of the era onto the books-all culminating in a holistic look at the Marvel Age of Comics.