Two weeks after Well timed/Marvel’s landmark crossover between the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Thriller Comics #9, writer MLJ Magazines paired up two of their prime characters of that second, the Wizard and the Protect in High-Notch Comics #7. Marvel Thriller Comics #9 is likely one of the most sought-after comics of the Golden Age, and whereas High-Notch Comics #7 clearly is not in the identical league, it in all probability deserves a little bit extra credit score than it will get. Not solely can we get an MLJ superhero crossover, however we additionally get the Wizard reworking from pulp-style character into full-on superhero. This difficulty is an underappreciated second in a sequence stuffed with them, and there is a High-Notch Comics #7 (MLJ, 1940) Situation: FR and several other different problems with the High-Notch Comics sequence up for public sale within the 2022 Might 15-16 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122220 at Heritage Auctions.
The storyline right here continues the “Moscovians” saga that started in High-Notch Comics #5. The Protect made a quick look in that difficulty and will get absolutely concerned to cease their sabotage of the Golden Gate Bridge right here. In the meantime, the plain Soviet stand-in villains have thrown acid on the Wizard’s face, inflicting him to go blind. He recovered and vowed to keep away from such weak point sooner or later by creating a super-suit that made him almost invulnerable. Mixed with “strength-reviving capsules” which gave him unimaginable power, the character turned to a decidedly extra bodily model of superheroics starting with this difficulty. Notably, this saga additionally marked the tip of his WWII plots towards America political intrigue storylines, and his subsequent adventures have been largely of the crime-fighting selection.
Equally as attention-grabbing, Russia was considerably rehabilitated within the MLJ universe in High-Notch Comics #12, as Fran Frazer, the star of a daily wartime information reporter sequence within the title, uncovered info that broke up the Soviet’s convention to debate becoming a member of the Axis powers. The story was clearly impressed by real-world occasions that had unfolded throughout Fall 1940, and even included an analog of then-infamous Soviet International Minister Vyacheslav Molotov.
High-Notch Comics #7 additionally appears to have been positioned to advertise the brand new Sheild-Wizard Comics sequence, which debuted about two weeks later. General, the problem is a captivating turning level for each the Wizard and the sequence itself, and there is a High-Notch Comics #7 (MLJ, 1940) Situation: FR and several other different problems with the High-Notch Comics sequence up for public sale within the 2022 Might 15-16 Sunday & Monday Comedian Books Choose Public sale #122220 at Heritage Auctions.