One thing that is becoming abundantly clear to me as I’ve been reading my way through these Marvel comics is that below the Earth’s surface is one mighty crowded place during the Silver Age of the Marvel Universe. In Tales to Suspense #43 we are introduced to yet another civilization below the surface, this time in the form of the Netherworlders, when they decide to kidnap Stark and two other members of his crew and hold him hostage until he agrees to assist with their invasion plans.
One of the main things that stands out in this issue is the sexism of the ’60s, as clearly the issue with the Netherworld is being ruled by Kala, who is a woman. In addition, I’m not sure if Lee realized what the Earth’s core is really like, because if he did he wouldn’t have put the civilization at the core. Finally, the other issue I had was the whole story was dependent on them needed Stark to assist with transporting their weapons, but yet they have the technology to transport him there?
In the end Tales of Suspense #43 is a pretty average issue that will definitely turn of modern day readers with its treatment of women and how the story comes to a resolution.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Don Heck
- Letterers: Artie Simek