Reviews (Marvel)

Man From Atlantis #1


MAN FROM ATLANTIS #1
(Cover by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott)
Published and © by Marvel, Feb. 1978



“Birthright!”

Synopsis: The Man from Atlantis finds clues to his origin in a deep oceanic trench — but is suddenly attacked by pirates!

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Tom Sutton
Inker: Sonny Trinidad

Review: Your Comics Bronze Age editor doesn’t remember much about the Man From Atlantis TV show, other than it was a childhood favorite. The comic series? Not so much. But this lead feature by Bill Mantlo isn’t bad. The art, by Tom Sutton and Sonny Trinidad, is inconsistent but suitable.

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“There Are Monsters in the Sea!”

Synopsis: The Man From Atlantis joins a herd of dolphins in protecting a blue whale from a cyborg whaling captain.

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Frank Robbins
Inker: The Tribe

Review: A plodding, silly, Moby-Dick-inspired tale featuring a cyborg whaling captain. Frank Robbins’ art is a poor fit.

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Grade (for the whole issue): B-

Second opinion: “Except for the first issue, the series was pretty dull and forgettable.” — The Groovy Agent, Diversions of the Groovy Kind.

Cool factor: It’s the Man From Atlantis!

Not-so-cool factor: Why isn’t it the Sub-Mariner?

Notable: In addition to the two stories, there are several essays about the TV show, as well as pin-ups from Joe Sinnott, Mike Zeck, and Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia.

Character quotable: “He’s more fish than man, Elizabeth! You should know that better than anyone!” — Dr. Miller Simon. (Wait, dude, what are you implying?)

A word from the editor: “We don’t have it perfect yet. This is a first issue, and a good one, we feel, but a continuing comic is, or should be, a growing and changing organism.” — Archie Goodwin, in an introductory essay on this issue’s “Out of the Depths” letters page.

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