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Captain Marvel #19: Review

Dec 1969
Roy Thomas, Gil Kane

Story Name:

The Mad Master of the Murder Maze!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain Marvel #19 Review by (May 28, 2020)
I was expecting a more young-reader-oriented story. So, I was caught off guard by this elaborate tale by Roy Thomas which makes a clear reference to the Jewish-Nazi horrors of WWII. A good story, just a bit complicated for my taste. And regarding the art, this is typical Gil Kane offering a big dose of expressive artwork.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain Marvel #19 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
After returning to New York, Rick Jones finds a job and a place at the Minos Tower, owned by sociologist Cornelius Webb. What seemed to be a paradisiac location first, gets weird when tenants, Rick included, start having visions of huge rats and bats in the midst. Then, smoke, fire, floods, walls that move, menace everyone who run for their lives, without being able to escape the edifice.

Rick summons Captain Marvel on time to help, but even his alien powers cannot counter the attacks... orchestrated by Webb himself. He's running an experiment to prove that under certain extreme conditions, humans start behaving like animals. The book he will write with his findings would bring him a fortune, or so he thinks.

Mar-Vell tries stopping Webb at his lair, but he's captured by an atomic force field. Unnoticed, Mr. Weiss, a tenant who the hero saved minutes ago, and a jewish surivor from Nazi camps, enters the lair, and attacks Webb, who resembles him of a dictator. Weiss short circuits the main computer, causing an explosion that destroys the place.

Rick Jones wakes up amid debris. Unfortunately, Mr. Weiss didn't make it. And Webb, left alone, is perplexed to see his experiment and theory, ruined.

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Gil Kane
Dan Adkins
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Dan Adkins (Cover Inker)
Plot: . Letterer: Art Simek.
Editor: Stan Lee.

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