Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Escape of... Monsteroso!

Here’s another Stan Lee/Jack Kirby giant monster yarn featured in the fifth issue of Marvel Comics’ Amazing Adventures from 1961. It’s mostly a cautionary tale about the dangers of putting enormous aliens on display in museums and features a twist ending that Stan Lee reused in an episode of the 1970’s Fantastic Four cartoon.

What I learned from this comic:

1. The local government, much less the nations of world, can’t be bothered to investigate when an alien spacecraft crashes in Africa.

2. Putting an extraterrestrial life form on display in a museum won’t draw the attention of the military and/or scientific community.

3. Military bases always keep harpoon-based weaponry handy... just in case.

4. Giant alien parents are the worst parents in the universe.