Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Amazing Spider-Man #170

The Amazing Spider-Man #170 - Comic of the DayWhen reading a book like The Amazing Spider-Man #170 from 1977 the main thing that sticks out to me is the coloring. Sure the stories are often robotic and the dialog is dated, as it is in this comic of the day (especially when Mary Jane makes a Jimmy Carter teeth joke), but the colors in pre 80's comic books have such a limited pallet due to technology's limitations and lack of creativity that it hurts my eyes to read a whole issue.

Spider-Man Sunday - The Amazing Spider-Man #170

I attempted to get through The Amazing Spider-Man #170 because I noticed that the cover included a character from Ed Brubaker's great Captain America run: Doctor Faustus. His whole shtick in Captain America and in the Amazing Spider-Man revolves around mind control. He claims to be the world's greatest psychologist because he can mess with the heads of heroes, but I claim he is the greatest because he can wield a smoke while doing battle with Spider-Man. At one point he does a two-handed hammer fist move and still holds on to his cigarette holder.

Doctor Faustus is also alright in my book because he reminds me of my pal Ted Cohen. Ted aspires to be in a profession in which he gets into people's heads, is down for a smoke that will make the mind loopy, has red hair and the ability to grow a gnarly beard. Ted Cohen is Doctor Faustus...one bad-ass motha.

1 comment:

Budd said...

ah computer coloration. We have become so spoiled by thee. I have the same problem with the old x-men stuff. Artwork has come a long way as well.