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Today we pay another visit to Subbie (or Subby), which every bit as horrible an abbreviation as ‘hubby’ for ‘husband’. We’ve gone over his history in a previous post (see Tentacle Tuesday: Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner), so now we can concentrate on Action! Adventure!! Excitement!!! What’s on his charged schedule, you might ask? Why, a quick tussle with some Soviet submarines, a few pompous (I’m sorry, I meant ‘dramatic and exciting’) speeches, a plunge intro ‘wintry, unplumbed depths’, a lengthy trip to memory lane, and an epic fight with an unliving cyborg!
My favourite, naturally, are the Soviet submarines.
Moving forward by a little more than 15 years, we get embroiled in a slightly different kind of evil…
When Wakes the Kraken! was scripted by Roy Thomas, pencilled by Sal Buscema and inked by Mike Esposito. Aside from a lot of dialogue (check out the ‘ay, woman… but the time has come for battle… not words!‘), this story also has a lot of plump, high-quality tentacles.
This cover is fun, given that the Symbiotic Man appears to have tentacles on the soles of his feet and the ends of his hair as well. Did somebody actually demand that Namor should fight alone? I was under the impression that Marvel readers were more into ‘the more the merrier’ type of fun.
The cover story is titled Death Is the Symbionic Man!, scripted by Bill Mantlo and illustrated by Jim Mooney. Note the typo in ‘its’ in the second speech bubble.
Come on, not a single word on Big John Buscema?
Before he stopped doing full pencils to maximise his income in the early seventies, I will argue that Buscema produced stellar work on Submariner and certainly some of his best full pencils ever.
Here are some great tentacles illustrated by Big John Buscema and Fearless Frank Giacoia :https://www.comicbookdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Sub-Mariner-issue-5-page-11-by-John-Buscema-and-Frank-Giacoia.jpg
I was never into Namor, but a girl I knew in high school had every issue except the first. In 1975, I was stationed just north of San Francisco, and found two copies in a store in Berkeley. If I remember correctly, it was called The Federation Trading Post, and carried a lot of production stills from Star Trek. I bought the cheaper one and sent it to her.
Excellent karma move, wheels. Hope she appreciated the gesture!