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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Sensational She Hulk 1

It’s another fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

Sensational She-Hulk # 1 – January 1989

Why I picked this comic: After the more straight forward and serious minded Nova, I wanted to do something a little bit more silly. It was John Byrne at his height with a series that was chock full of witty dialogue and 4th wall breaking. If Nova was too earnest, this was the antidote.

The Comic Itself: Second chances: written and pencilled by John Byrne with inks by Bob Wiacek.. Jennifer Walters the Sensational She-Hulk is testing her strength and dexterity at a nearby circus. Unbeknownst to her, 2nd string villain team The Headmen have hired the 3rd string villains Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime to learn everything about She-Hulk and her invite was a ruse. Hypnotising her the Ringmaster gets a breakdown of her history. We learn of her past as a lawyer and how her involvement in a case…

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My Marvel Life Presents – Fabulous First Issue: The Man Called Nova 1

The next fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

The Man Called Nova # 1 – September 1976

Why I picked this comic: My previous post was on the dawn of the Silver Age, but as much as the Silver Age was kicked off by DC, this blog is called My Marvel Life, so we also need to look at the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics. The legend of the comic, where Martin Goodman told the dissatisfied Stan Lee to make a team of super-heroes to match DC’s Justice League. Stan wanted to quite, but his wife convinced him to try and write the comic he’d read and if it didn’t work, then quit. Taking the monster comics of the 1950’s and adding a super-hero flavour to it, enabled this epoch making creative team to produce something a little bit special. No Fantastic Four 1, no Marvel. There was no way that I wasn’t going to include…

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Kamen Rider: In which we learn that Japan likes it’s kids TV to be dark and weird as hell

It’s Thursday, it’s Pilot Era

Pilot Era

First aired:3rd April 1971


Hiroshi Fujioka – Takeshi Hongo

Akiji Kobayashi – Tobei Tachibana

Chieko Morikawa – Ruriko Midorika

Yoko Shimada – Hiromi Nohara

Goro Naya – Voice of the Leader of Shocker

Shinji Nakae – Narrator

Hiroya Ishimaru/ Eiji Maruyama – Shocker scientists

Ryuji Saikachi – The Mysterious Spider Man

Plot: A mysterious spider-creature lies in wait. Nearby a motorcycle rider called Hongo, taking time from his research scientist job at a local university, trains for an upcoming race with his coach Mr Tachibana. Hongo is soon followed by a group of motorcycle riders, he isn’t too concerned, but sees another group approaching from ahead of him. He is able to lose them, but doubles back on himself, curious about what is going on. A trio of masked women and a larger than expected spider-web cause him to crash, changing everything.

He wakes up on a sort…

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My Marvel Life Presents -Fabulous First Issue: Showcase 4

The first proper Fabulous First Issue post

My Marvel Life

Showcase 4: October 1956

I picked this because: If you are going to do a blog about 1st issues, then how can you not start with the beginning of the Silver Age and super-hero comics’ comeback.

With the end of WWII, the popularity of the superhero waned, by the late 40’s and early 50’s only Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman were ongoing concerns at DC Comics. Editor Julius ‘Julie’ Schwartz made the choice to bring some of the other Golden Age characters back, people like the Flash,  Green Lantern, the Atom and Hawkman. He took the names and some of the basic ideas and created a new sci-fi take on these heroes, but none of this would have been done without the first of these, replacing Jay Garrick as the Flash with Barry Allen.  If that hadn’t worked, the entire Silver Age wouldn’t have happened, Timely wouldn’t have become Marvel…

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My Marvel Life Presents -Fabulous First Issue: Or look what I made my wife do

From the idiot that brought you Pilot Era

My Marvel Life

I am  a lucky man.

There are many reasons why I can say that and the way the world is at the moment, there are even more than there were before. But the main reason I say this today is because of my wife. I have been married to the MIGHTY Rosie for over a decade and despite our differences, we have been able to share many interests.

One of the ones we don’t really share to the same intensity is comics. Now she has always been supportive of my hobby, to the extent she even helped sort out accommodation and tickets for my trip to Thought Bubble last year. A couple of times she’s even taken a few trades from time to time and enjoyed them.

About 18 months ago, I started a project on TV that blossomed into the blog Pilot Era which is a look at first episodes…

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The Dukes of Hazzard: In which we learn the best mechanics in the world are in Hazard County.

It’s Thursday, it’s Pilot Era time ⌚

Pilot Era

First aired: 26th January 1979


Tom Wopat – Luke Duke

John Schneider – Bo Duke

Catherine Bach – Daisy Duke

Denver Pyle – Uncle Jesse

James Best – Sheriff Rosco Coltrane

Sorrell Brooke – Boss Hogg

Sonny Shroyer– Enos

Ben Jones – Cooter

Tisch Raye – Jill Rae Dodson

Waylon Jennings– The Balladeer

Synopsis: Hazzard Country Georgia: A balladeer sings and narrates as a bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger is chasing a sheriff’s patrol car. Inside the Charger (affectionately monikered the General Lee) are bickering cousins Bo and Luke Duke. It turns out that Dukes’ friend Cooter has stolen the patrol car after his car was impounded by Sheriff Roscoe Coltrane. After Cooter crashes the car, it becomes clear that Roscoe has been bringing in slot machines.

We learn from the balladeer that Sheriff Coltrane is suffering a lot of money problems, which has left him under the thumb…

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Starsky & Hutch: In which we learn that real men wear cardigans.

Given how negative I was over TJ Hooker, I wanted to post something about a TV that I did enjoy.

Pilot Era

First aired: 30th April 1975


David Soul – Detective Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

Paul Michael Glaser – Detective Dave Starsky

Michael Lerner – Fat Rolly

Morgan Sterne – DA Mark Henderson

Antonia Fargas – Huggy Bear

Richard Ward – Captain Dobey

Gilbert Green – Frank Tallman

Michael Conrad – Cannell

Richard Lynch– Zane

Synopsis: San Francisco California: Two men are talking in a car, they are chatting about a John Wayne film on TV that week.  Approaching their car is a Gran Torino, cherry-red with a white stripe along the sides. A couple in the car are getting amorous inside it after parking. The two men walk to the car and shoot the couple through the window.

The next day and an identical Torino races across town and stops outside a gym. Out gets Dave Starsky who walks in and collects Ken ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson. They get in Hutch’s car…

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T.J.Hooker – In which we learn I should be on more drugs

Another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First aired: 13th March 1982


William Shatner – Sgt. T. J. Hooker

Richard Lawson – Officer David McNeill

Adrian Zmed – Officer Vince Romano

Brian Patrick Clarke – Officer Jess Canfield

Jo McDonnell – Officer Kelly Sanders

Deborah Shelton – Lacey Canfield

David Hedison – Saxon

Michael Horton – Parker English

Richard Heard – Capt. Dennis Sheridan

Lee Bryant – Fran Hooker

Timothy Scott – Whit

Carl W. Crudup – Travis

Synopsis: Los Angeles California: Police Academy and new recruits are being addressed by Sgt T.J. Hooker. He bellows at them about how hard this training is going to be. Later the recruits banter banter and one of them Jess pines for his wife Lacey is currently getting a dressed down from her boss DA Saxon. Back at the academy Hooker is running the recruits ragged.

An ex-con named Whit is struggling to get his life back on track…

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