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Sub-Mariner Masterworks Vol. 2
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Vol. 79: Sub-Mariner
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Marvel Masterworks: Sub-Mariner Volume 2

Reprints: Sub-Mariner from Tales to Astonish #88-101, Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1 and Sub-Mariner #1

(Vol. 79 in the Marvel Masterworks Library)

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Release Date: June 27, 2007

REGULAR EDITION ISBN: 0-7851-2688-0 • List Price: $54.99
VARIANT EDITION ISBN: 0-7851-2689-9 • List Price: $54.99

240 Pages

Scripted by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Archie Goodwin and Raymond Marais

Penciled by Gene Colan, Dan Adkins, Bill Everett, Marie Severin, Werner Roth and John Buscema

Introduction by Roy Thomas

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After a five-year drought, it's time for Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner to come ashore with a second spectacular Masterworks offering. One of Marvel's oldest and most storied characters, the Sub-Mariner, protects the undersea kingdom of Atlantis from the threats of the murky deep, and from those pesky, pink-skinned, land lubbers!

In this volume you'll be treated to the amazing illustration of Namor's creator, Bill Everett, as he brings his unmatched ability to craft action and adventure in all things aquatic. You'll also be graced by the first scripts of heir-apparent to the writing crown of Atlantis, Roy Thomas, as he builds the foundation for the Sub-Mariner's leap into his very own solo series! With head-to-head battles against the Hulk, guest art by Gene Colan, and the first issue of John Buscema's classic run on the character, you'll need an aqualung not to be drowned by the majesty of this Masterworks!


(From the official Marvel solicit)


"As Marvel’s associate editor, it was a thrill to see Bill Everett, Namor’s creator, return first to inking his wonderful character, then (with Tales to Astonish #87, reprinted at the end of the previous volume of this series) begin to pencil him anew, as well. Stan christened him 'Wild Bill,' after Wild Bill Hickok, and the name stuck—for the remaining seven years of Bill’s life, and ever since. Having been out of the field for most of the previous decade, Bill’s work wasn’t quite up to the truly remarkable levels he’d achieved during Sub-Mariner’s 1953-55 revival—but Bill belonged on the feature, and that was that! For several years, I even owned the original art to the splash page of Astonish #88, the first entry in this volume; sadly, I let someone talk me out of it a couple of decades back. (In my defense, I still have another pair of Subby drawings Bill did especially for me.)

In his issues of Astonish, we see Bill drawing Namor’s face and head exactly as they should be. I’d enjoyed Gene Colan’s earlier run on the sea king as "Adam Austin," but I had casually disliked the round head Gene gave him, after Jack Kirby had done it right in FF #4.

Did I mention that Bill was rooming (four nights a week) with my friend Gary Friedrich and me in Greenwich Village when he started drawing Sub-Mariner again in 1966? He’d sit around and grouse from time to time about the faux-Shakespearean dialect Stan put into his hero’s mouth, though by and large he was an admirer of Stan’s work. He and I both hated the expression "Imperius Rex!" (In retrospect, I’ve come to kinda like it. In its own quasi-meaningless way, it fit the 1960s version of Namor as much as "Flame on!" fit the Human Torch.)"


"At that time, Marvel was in a real state of flux. Publisher Martin Goodman had decided it was time to expand the line, dropping the three monthly anthology titles and spinning off each of their six co-stars into a solo series. This led to some tricky scheduling, and to that odd anomaly Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1-and-only.

Archie had also begun to write the Iron Man feature in Tales of Suspense, and he was not a particularly fast writer. Thus, although he scripted both features in the Iron Man & Sub-Mariner one-shot, he had to choose between them when the length of both their stories doubled overnight. He and Gene ended their tandem run on Subby with a bang, giving the villainous Destiny a backstory which was solid and evocative in both story and art. Archie’s reference to the post-World War I joke magazine Captain Billy’s Whiz-Bang on p. 3 is a nice period touch, the more so since in 1940 its title had become the basis of the original Captain Marvel, alias Billy Batson, in Fawcett’s Whiz Comics. As inked by Frank Giacoia, the nearly-full-page scene of an expedition hiking up the icy expanse of an Antarctic mountain achieved a level of dramatic realism unsurpassed in comics of the day. As the guy who backstopped Stan’s proofreading of comics at that time, I could almost feel the cold. Likewise, I was intrigued by Destiny, and wanted to find out what Archie had in mind for the villain.

As it turned out—what Archie had in mind (well, what happened, anyway) was to turn both Sub-Mariner and Destiny over to Yours Truly. I inherited Sub-Mariner, beginning with a new '#1.' Unlike Archie, I was used to the killer schedule of writing a full comic book issue a week, while working 9-to-5 in the office two or three days a week. How I did that and still found time both to see just about every movie playing in Manhattan and to carry on a long-distance romance with the young St. Louis college woman who’d soon become the first Mrs. Roy Thomas, I’ve no idea. There are things you can do at age 27 that seem impossible, even incomprehensible, four decades later."

Issues Reprinted
Sub-Mariner from Tales to Astonish #88-101, Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1 and Sub-Mariner #1


TTA #88

TTA #89

TTA #90

TTA #91

TTA #92

TTA #93

TTA #94

TTA #95

TTA #96

TTA #97

TTA #98

TTA #99

TTA #100

TTA #101


SUB #1


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