Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Mark Arnold reviews Stan Lee Meets The Thing + Krypto the Superdog.


Stan Lee Meets The Thing

Yet another in the amusing series in which the legendary Marvel Comics super-hero creator meets his own creations, this time the “ever-lovin’” Thing from The Fantastic Four. The purpose of this series is to commemorate the 65th anniversary of Lee working for Marvel. Lee also wrote and stars in this comedic tale where he portrays himself as a loveable schlub who meets Thing while cycling through the streets of Manhattan.

Then, Roy Thomas follows up with an affectionate tribute tale about Lee and his creations and then an actual Thing tale from Fantastic Four #79 rounds out the issue. Another excellent entry in this imaginative series.

Krypto the Superdog

Although Krypto the Superdog appeared in the pages of Superman comics as far back as the 1950s, this series is based on the Cartoon Network animated series. In this incarnation, Krypto is more “cartoony” than in previous versions, but his overall powers remain the same.

Krypto traveled on a spaceship from Krypton, and amazingly enough ended up on Earth just like his more famous Kryptonian owner Kalel, better known as Superman. Krypto reunites with his Super-pal, now fully grown, who feels that Krypto would be better off if his master was now an Earth-boy named Kevin, in order to keep their true identities secret. Together, Krypto and Kevin go on adventures saving the day on a much smaller scale than his adult male human counterpart.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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