The fourth issue of FantaCo’s short-lived CHRONCILES series carried with it a new logo for the title–things were perhaps already growing dicey between the company and Marvel, whose output they were reviewing and indexing in these publications. And interview they had run in their FANTASTIC FOUR edition, #2, had earned them the ire of Marvel’s EIC Jim Shooter, and so the largesse that had allowed them not only an allowance to use Marvel artwork and trademarked material but also gave them some access to Marvel resources was about to evaporate.
But as last time, what I’m interested in showcasing here is actually another short parody strip done by cartoonist Don Martinec. I still have found out very little about Martinec himself–who he was, where he came from, what happened to him. But he was active in fan circles in the early 1980s and produced a number of pieces like this one evocative of the 1960s Marvel output. He was really quite good at doing this.
In contrast to his earlier Fantastic Four story, which was little more than a three-page build-up to a single punch line, the greater length of this Avengers “Assemblers” tale allowed him to work in a few more punch lines, even if the final piece was perhaps not as laser-focused as the FF one.