After reading Tales to Astonish #47 I’m reminded of another issue that I’ve had with this series: recycling enemies more often than a Mortal Kombat game. In this issue we are introduced to Trago, a jazz musician who’s trumpet is able to hypnotize people into doing his bidding. Does that sound familiar? It should, because he’s pretty much a rehash of a villain introduced back in issue #42 named Jason Cragg, who had the ability to hypnotize with the sound of his voice. Sadly, issue #42 is far more compelling as well, which is not saying much.
I also have some serious problems with how Trago got his powers as well. He goes back to India and he’s taught how to hypnotize people by basically a wise man character, which is fair enough, because students turn against the teachers all the time. However, in those cases the teacher doesn’t know the student is bad beforehand. In this case the teacher sees that right off the bat and teaches him anyways. Lame. I am really hoping this series turns it around and shows some of the Marvel magic, because right now it’s stuck between subpar and average.
The back up stories in this issue are also kind of bottom of the barrel in terms of their twists as well. The Smiling Gods is an okay tail about the power of Gods over corrupt government officials. The second story, Target Earth, features the mightiest warrior targeting the earth and it also features a pretty lame twist.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley
- Pencilers: Don Heck
- Inkers: Don Heck
- Letterers: John Duffy, Sam Rosen