This week-end, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 (2023) releases with excitement and fan celebration. As the thirty-second installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film is premiering with positive reception. On Rottentomatoes, the film has an aggregate score of 78 percent.
Despite its positive reception, the movie makes some faux-pas. Let’s list the reasons why the change of Warlock’s comic origin story lessens its impact.
FILM: THE SOVEREIGN
In one significant change, the film changes Adam Warlock’s origin story. From the events of GOTG 2 (2017), the High Priestess of the Sovereign named Ayesha creates Adam Warlock to get revenge on the Guardians of the Galaxy. Importantly, Warlock is also a Sovereign.
In another change, Warlock in his first appearance is a weapon on a mission to kill the Guardians. Indeed, in his first battle against the heroes, he nearly kills Rocket. Later, the team has to find a way to heal the Racoon.
In Fantastic Four (1967) #66, Adam Warlock makes his first appearance as Him. In fact, the Enclave creates the humanoid as the perfect human. However, without experience, Him soon turns on his masters. Later, he gains the Soul Gem in Marvel Premiere (1972) #2, from the High Evolutionary and becomes Adam Warlock.
After the Infinity Gauntlet, Warlock became supreme but had to release his omnipotence. Later, he entrusted the Infinity Gems to the Infinity Watch. Our fan theory is that in the movie, his joining of the Guardians of the Galaxy is meant to prepare for Magus, his evil alter ego from the future.
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In our new sensation, we have The Best Sellers List. Here, we cover the greatest appearances of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for April, is the first Superman-Flash race in the DC crossover Superman (1967) #199.
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Currently, there are various explanations for the emergence of comic book collecting as a hobby. Among the possible theories, are the rise of back issues with the change from news stands to the direct market model.
For the most part, the art of comic book collecting is very complicated and has created a lot of speculation in the investor market ever since the hobby became an occurrence in the late 1980s. Certainly, comic collectors are themselves a small world of wealthy individuals who collect comics in series or rare comics at a very valuable price.
Today, there are generally fans who consume the major publishers’ content in various media, subscribers who pay online or in-store for a series they like, and also the small world of collectors who collect major and minor key issues that are valuable.
WHERE TO START?
Generally, the best and first exposure to comics and merchandise is the local comic shop or LCS. Depending on the store’s specialty or model, you may find new releases, events, back issues or may even be able to order rare issues.
With the rise of online shopping, Kindle has grown into a viable market for Amazon books, Comixology and comics. Indeed, the comic industry is growing globally with digital sales since there is no need for shipping and they are delivered instantly to your Kindle device.
Though Comic-Con is a great place to find great deals and rare comics, collectors also attend online and in-person auctions where valuable comics are sold at very expensive prices for their condition, age and value.
In this article, we include Silver Age comics from Amazon that have value. You can find more Valuable Comics on the Collector’s Armor.
In the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes, Hercules makes his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Hercules is set to carry out Zeus’ revenge on Thor. In the comics, Hercules has had many space-faring adventures. In Hercules: Prince of Power, the Lion of Olympus stars in his first four-issue mini-series.
This April 12th, in Marvel history, the Hercules: Prince of Power Trade Paperback is published and we list important first appearances.
HERCULES IS EXILED FROM OLYMPUS
In Hercules: Prince of Power (1982), artist and writer Bob Layton tells one of the most important stories in Marvel history. For decades, Hercules has been a regular feature character in the Thor series. In the collected series, Hercules stars in his first four-issue mini-series and goes on space-faring adventures. Perhaps, one of the most comedic Marvel cosmic stories. According to Comichron, neither Diamond nor Capital published end-of-year sales reports in the 1980s until 1984.
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BLACK PANTHER MAKES HIS DEBUT
In Fantastic Four (1966) #52, Black Panther makes his first appearance. In the issue, Black Panther invites the Fantastic Four in the nation of Wakanda. Importantly, Wakanda and vibranium also make their first appearances. Moreover, the comic format is also valuable for the Jack Kirby cover featuring the ensemble cast with Black Panther and the Fantastic Four.
Certainly, Red Skull is a historic character in Marvel comics. After making appearances in World War II flashback stories, Red Skull makes his first appearance to attack Captain America in the present-day in the Silver Age Tales of Suspense (1966) #79. With a Fine collectible, the two-parter also gives the first appearance of the Cosmic Cube. Indeed, showing Captain America is The First Avenger.
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HULK AND GIANT-MAN ARE THE STRONGEST AVENGERS
Today, we reveal a less-celebrated rivalry in Marveldom. This year, Quantumania was released with poor reviews and box office woes. At the same time, the movie raised Ant-Man’s case as The Strongest Avenger.
With the Pym Particles, Scott Lang and Hank Pym are able to shrink down to atomic scale or increase their size to infinity. Relevantly, in Mighty Avengers #30, Giant-Man is able to increase his size to Overspace, the hyperversal dimension of Eternity.
Though their rivalry is not well known, Hulk and Hank Pym have faced each other in various media. During the Silver Age, Giant-Man is a founding member of the Avengers who regularly goes toe-to-toe with the Jade Giant.
With Hank’s fall from grace during the Copper Age, the rivalry recedes. Recently, with the conclusion of Immortal Hulk, Hulk is now the Incredible Hulk. Though no longer an immortal, the series continues the horror-filled theme.
Let’s look at how Hulk and Giant-Man compare in super strength.
TV: IN ULTIMATE AVENGERS HULK TAKES ON THE AVENGERS
In 2006, Ultimate Avengers: The Movie is released on television. Perhaps, one of the most popular Marvel animation to date with great visual imagery and brutal animation.
Moreover, the movie is notable for one of the most popular battles in Marvel animation. After the Avengers stop the Chitauri alien invasion, they must deal with an out-of-control Hulk. In a vicious battle, the monster deals a severe beatdown on the Avengers.
Importantly, it features one of the best head-to-heads between Hulk and Giant-Man. Though they may match in strength and Hulk outmatched in size, the Jade Giant’s unlimited rage makes him an opponent difficult to put down by physical force.
In the end, it is Hulk’s love interest Betty Ross who distracts Hulk long enough for the serum Captain America shoots to take effect and calm him.
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FILM: HULK DEFEATS FENRIS
Really, Thor: Ragnarok (2017) may be the most celebrated Thor movie. As the third entry in the franchise, it is the second-best reviewed Thor movie and the highest-grossing internationally.
Perhaps, one of its best celebrated moments is the Hulk-Fenris vicious battle underwater. When the Asgardians attempting to flee are cornered by Fenris on one side and the villainous army on the other, Hulk rises to the occasion to protect them.
In a vicious battle, Hulk and Fenris exchange blows on the Rainbow Bridge and underwater. With powerful magical fangs, the Giant Wolf even draws blood from the Jade Giant causing a gasp of pain. Though Hulk emerges triumphant.
Considering Fenris was destroying the Rainbow Bridge with its claws during its charge, and Thor’s hammer which destroyed the Rainbow Bridge can withstand planetary alignment, Hulk’s feat is at least Multi-Planetary Level in Super-Strength.
FILM: GIANT-MAN PUNCHES THE LEVIATHAN
Gloriously, Avengers: Endgame (2019) showcases a replication of a fan-favorite Hulk scene. During the climactic battle at the end of the movie, Thanos and his army invade Earth against the assembled Avengers.
Though the feat is not exactly the same as Hulk, it shows Giant-Man is in the same Strength-Class as Hulk. Similarly, we rate the feat to be around Mountain-Level in Super Strength.
For the most part, Hulk has gone through different incarnations over the comic book ages. During the Bronze Age, Hulk was in top form. Though his power regularly fluctuated, the Jade Giant seemed to have higher peaks.
For the most part, Giant-Man is actually stronger than Hulk. With the Pym Particles, he can grow to infinite size and reach Overspace where Eternity dwells. Properly, his Super Strength-Level is Hyperversal.
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In our new hotness, we have The Best Sellers List. Here, we cover the greatest battles of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for August, is Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four #5.
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Namely, the creative team on the story arc is legendary talent. In a few words, late legendary writer, editor Stan Lee and the incredible artist Jack Kirby collaborate on the story arc. For his part, the legendary writer has created popular Marvel characters and teams such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil and yes, the Fantastic Four!
When both superstars collaborate on this work, you expect a classic. In fact, the creative team took the world by surprise!
“THE WORLD’S GREATEST GRAPHIC BOOK”
When Stan Lee created the Fantastic Four, it was promoted as “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” Though DC Comics was ruling comicdom during the Silver Age, the Fantastic Four sought to change societal attitudes with regards to race, and even, gender roles.
With a team of four super-powered heroes, the FF sported a female figure that over time played a prominent role in many of their adventures. And when Doctor Doom makes his terrifying first appearance for the first time, the female is initially singled out!
Now, the heroes must stop the villain’s raving plans before it is too late. Witness why Invisible Woman may have been the Most Important Hero in the battle.
Importantly, the battle in Part #5 sold the story arc. When the Fantastic Four (minus Invisible Girl) return from their mission, they must rescue Sue. Comically, Mister Fantastic actually tricks Doctor Doom with a treasure chest containing a chain, and not treasure.
With the trickery, the hostilities are engaged. After a brief scuffle, they discover the villain was a Doombot and that the mastermind and Invisible Girl are in another room. However, it is too late. Wickedly, Doctor Doom activates the switch that empties the room of oxygen.
In Fantastic Four (1962) #5, Mister Fantastic tricks Doctor Doom with a treasure chest containing a chain. Marvel Comics.
Heroically, a captive Invisible Girl springs into action. Quickly, she turns invisible and short-circuits Doom’s machine causing it to explode. Even more, she heads to the room where the heroes are about to breathe their last, and unlocks the door. Soon, air returns and the heroes are saved.
Definitely, this comic changed the damsel-in-distress trope on its head by showing that women could be heroines. And we recommend this comic for its humor, classic feel and intrigue.
Indeed, buy this comic to witness Mister Fantastic stretch over a mile at sea to offer passage between two boats for pirates. In the end, the comic answered why it was touted as “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” and entertained fans for generations.
SALES, SALES, SALES
Really, Fantastic Four #5 significantly boosted sales for the story arc. In fact, according to Rare Comics, at Number 4, it was the top Fantastic Four comic that year. Let’s compare to the other Top 10 Fantastic Four comics that year.
Number 5. Fantastic Four #4: Features the first appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner in the Silver Age.
Number 6. Fantastic Four #2: Features the first appearance of the Skrulls in Marvel continuity.
Brandon Peterson, Ron Lim, Sandu Florea, Chris Sotomayor, Leinil Francis Yu
March 4, 2009
IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS
WHO ARE THE INHUMANS?
In the Marvel Universe, few species are as mysterious and ostracized as the Inhumans. From Attilan, this secluded society protects its genetic inheritance at all costs! Importantly, Black Bolt is their mute leader who protects the citadel from Earth’s races and space conquerors.
Let’s trace the timeline of the Inhumans’ Terrigenesis to the popular Kree-Shi’ar War.
During Earth’s prehistory, the Kree learned from the Celestials’ experiments of humanity’s potential. In Fantastic Four (2010) #577, we learn they experimented on a species of early humans called homo antecessor. Their objective was to breed a new race that could help them conquer in the Kree-Shi’Ar War. The new species would become the Inhumans.
Inhuman geneticist Randac first isolated the crystal he named Terrigen. His purpose was to weaponize the Inhumans in case the Kree returned. However, the Inhumans did not receive his work well. When Randac exposed himself to the Terrigen Mists, he gained mental abilities similar to the Eternals. Though he created a program of voluntary Terrigenesis, a screening was later introduced because the subjects developed inhuman mutations.
In Silent War (2007), a conflict occurs between the Inhumans and Earth’s heroes. In fact, over the U.S. government’s apparent theft of the Terrigen Mists. During the mini-seres, it is discovered that Terrigenesis uses the psychological wishes and desires of its subjects to mutate them. Professor Cartwright who idolized Captain America, mutated into a muscular Inhuman upon the exposure to the Terrigen Mists.
In War of Kings, the Inhumans have fulfilled their destiny. In fact, Black Bolt has become the ruler of the Kree Empire. Meanwhile, Emperor Vulcan has seized the Shi’Ar Empire. Together, both are on a collision course. When both kings collide, a war of catastrophic proportions follows.
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During War of Kings (2009), Maximus the Mad built the Terrigen Bomb. Its purpose was to bring an age of peace by spreading the Terrigen Mists across the universe and cause everyone to undergo Terrigenesis. In order to defeat the Shi’Ar, Black Bolt detonated the Bomb in a battle against Vulcan. The explosion wiped 87 percent of the Shi’Ar and caused rift in space.
In Infinity (2013), Thanos and the Black Order invade Attilan looking for his Inhuman son Thane. When Thanos arrives at Attilan, the city has been evacuated and only Black Bolt is there. In the battle, Black Bolt unleashes a powerful scream that destroys Attilan and activates theTerrigen Bomb. Later, all Inhumans living among humans are activated and become NuHumans.
During the Silver Age, Marvel Comics introduced The Watcher in “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” In Fantastic Four (1963) #13, the Fantastic Four are on a mission to the Blue Area of the moon. In the issue, Mister Fantastic experiments on a rocket fragment.
Then, he decides to travel by rocket to the Blue Area of the moon where the fragment came. However, a Russian scientist in the Soviet Union named Ivan Kragoff, is on a mission to the moon. In fact, he has selected his three apes with him, Igor, Piotr and Miklho in order to replicate the Fantastic Four’s powers.
Predictably, the mission succeeds and the villains are granted super powers from cosmic rays. On the moon, the Fantastic Four and Ivan’s team battle. However, the clash is cut short by the first appearance of the Watcher.
After Claiming the Blue Area as his home, he reveals his race’s vow to not interfere in the affairs of alien races and banishes both teams to the ruined city where they battle for superiority.
Forward into the Modern Age, we learn the origin of the race of Watchers’ vow. In the early beginnings of the universe, the Watchers were a technologically advanced and benevolent race. In order to help the planet Prosilicus, Ikor proposed to bring nuclear power to the Prosilican race.
Tragically, the technology led to nuclear warfare and auto-genocide on Prosilicus. Horrified at the Prosilican incident, Ikor created a code of ethics for the race. Now known as the Watchers, the cosmic gods would observe and not interfere.
In terms of powers, Uatu has been said to be powerful enough to shake a galaxy. Really, the Watcher is a cosmic god who can manipulate cosmic energy on an incalculable scale. As matter of fact, he has been stated to resist the telepathic probes of Galactus, the Destroyer of Worlds.
Furthermore, in Super-Villain Classics (1983) #1, we learn Galactus’ origin story. After the destruction of the previous universe, the Sentience of the Universe protected Galan in a Cosmic Egg. With the birth of the Seventh Cosmos, or Earth-616 universe, Galactus came out of gestation.
In the early universe, the Watchers were among the oldest races. Ecce the Watcher observed the Star God’s emergence and sensed his evil and Cosmic Hunger. In fact, he was powerful enough to kill him. But, sworn to not interfere, he let Galactus depart in his starship.
Like Ecce, Uatu probably is powerful enough to kill a hungry or young Galactus. Notably, Uatu possesses the powers of telepathy, energy manipulation, teleportation, time travel, cosmic awareness, force field generation, flight and immortality on a Multiversal scale.
The Phoenix Force destroys theEarth-81727 universe. Marvel Comics.
By now, Marvel-ites have watched the hit TV show called What If…? on Disney+. In fact, there is a popular battle between an alternate Ultron with The Infinity Stones and the Watcher. Nonetheless, the show is based on the successful Marvel series called What If?
Astoundingly, issues #23 to #31 of the series, showcase short stories by Watcher. Each short story exhibits the Watcher’s nigh-omniscience and his ability to see parallel universes of alternate timelines. In fact, in every issue, the Watcher introduces the short story as he addresses the reader.
Incredibly, this power is called Breaking The Fourth Wall. Here, a comic character or literature character is aware of being part of a story or addresses the reader and audience. Really, this super power suggests the Watcher is an Outerversal being.
Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Stan Goldberg and Art Simek
June 11, 1963
SUPER-SKRULL MAY APPEAR IN THE NEW FF MOVIE
In 2019, fans of CAPTAIN MARVEL [Blu-ray], got a glimpse for the possible direction of the new Fantastic Four movie. In short, the movie is about Kree super-spy Carol Danvers. As she struggles to regain her memories, Carol is caught in a war between the Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls. Eventually, she becomes Captain Marvel, a galactic superhero. At ScreenRant, Chris Voyage speculates that Super-Skrull would be the perfect villain for the FF’s MCU debut.
In addition, clues have been planted in Spider-Man: Far From Home, about the upcoming Disney+ show Secret Invasion. In fact, it is based on the eponymous comic where Earth is invaded by Skrull spies. Dangerously, the spies use their shape-shifting powers to impersonate Earth’s heroes. For their part, let’s look at the first war between Super-Skrull and the Fantastic Four.
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AFTER A PREVIOUS FAILED INVASION, THE EMPEROR SENDS SUPER-SKRULL TO INVADE EARTH
In the fifth quadrant of the Andromeda galaxy, on Tarnax IV, the Skrull Emperor plans to invade Earth. Previously, the Fantastic Four thwarted the Skrull invasion. This time, they are sending the Super-Skrull named Kl’rt. With the powers of the FF, Kl’rt is even stronger than the team combined.
A week later, the Fantastic Four respond to reports of an alien sighting at Times Square. There, Super-Skrull appears and plants the Skrull flag on the ground. Thereby, Kl’rt claims Earth as a Skrull colony. When a mob attacks him, Super-Skrull bats them aside. Soon, the FF battle Super-Skrull but are no match. In the end, the Fantastic Four are forced to flee.
IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE FF IMPRISON SUPER-SKRULL IN A VOLCANO
In the final battle, the Fantastic Four goad Super-Skrull on an abandoned island named Crater Isle. Previously, Reed deduced the source of Kl’rt’s powers. Indeed, he derives his amazing super powers from a homing beacon to the Skrull Throneworld. Quickly, Mister Fantastic constructed a jamming device.
During the battle, the Fantastic Four distract Super-Skrull. Meanwhile, Invisible Girl plants the jamming device. Amazingly, the device deprives Kl’rt access to his super powers. Now powerless, Super-Skrull is knocked into a volcano. To finish him, Human Torch seals the sand over the opening with his flame.
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