Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monster Menace #1 "The Terror of Tim Boo Ba" (Classic Steve Ditko)

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"Many are the wonders of the vast universe. But none so fantastic as... TIM BOO BA!" I hadn't been born when that menacing statement was first published in Amazing Adult Fantasy #9, but thankfully Marvel reprinted this classic in Monster Menace #1. Inside these pages, Stan "the man" asks why why we're fascinated by monsters:

Why? Why do people love monsters? Why is it that the bigger they are, or the scarier and the more macabre they are, the more we love them? And that's just not today--our fascination with monsters goes back to the beginning of the legend--from the Cyclops of Greek mythology to St. George's dragon, and all the way to King Kong, Godzilla and Frankenstein, not to mention a whole plethora of titanic titans, past and present.

It seems to start when we're very young. Remember the excitement when you heard your first fairy tale about Jack the Giant Killer? I'll bet it wasn't Jack that turned you on--it was the monstrous giant! In fact, will you ever forget the fascination that those early tales held on you? They were tales of ogres, witches, demons, goblins, werewolves, trolls, vampires and assorted monsters of every size--and political persuasion (I just threw that in there to make this sound contemporary!). Some of you may recall the monster mags of the fiendish fifties, featuring nightmarish creations bearing such names as Groom, Mongorr, Korakk and of course, the never-to-be-forgotten Fin Fang Foom!

I'm about to run out of space and I realize we still haven't answered the burning question, "why do monsters turn people on?", but whatever the reason, you dig'em--so enjoy!


Stan Lee, the pater familias of Marvel Comics

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