ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1978
di fronte al sempre più dilagante imporsi della linea editoriale Marvel per cui Stan Lee li fa e poi li accoppia, stavolta all’ arrampicamuri tocca fare da chauperon all’artefatto ed artificiale DEATHLOK (ribattezzato e additato al debutto italiano come CYBERNUS, una storpiatura davvero infame, crudele e soprattutto immotivata per un povero robot bionico senza alcuna colpa salvo quella di essere un feroce, spietato ed implacabile assassino)
“Future Shock: Part II …Am I Now or Have I Ever Been?” / CYBERNUS !
- Grisson (Death)
Still traveling through time and trying to get home, Spider-Man ends up in the year 1990. There he spies Deathlok who is targeting what appears to be innocent people. However, Spider-Man realizes his error when it turns out these “innocent” people are really Cubists who attack the two heroes, forcing them to flee.
Spider-Man is horrified to hear that the year is 1990, only 15 years ahead of his own time. Along the way, the two heroes are targeted by Strake and Grissom, two assassins still loyal to Deathlok’s foe Ryker. Spider-Man attacks and brings down the snipers. However when Deathlok kills one of them, which does not sit well with Spider-Man.
They are then attacked again by the Cubists, and fight them into retreating. Afterwards, Spider-Man is determined to return to his own time and try to prevent this nightmare future from ever happening.
This story continues directly into Marvel Two-in-One #17 (in Italy in URC # 202 or in URG #71).
- Inks: backgrounds by Hunt (uncredited).
- Although the future which Deathlok hails from was originally slated to be a possible future of the Marvel Universe. However it has since been retconned as an alternate universe, designatedEarth-7484.
“Mind Over Mayhem!” / DISASTRO IN SIBERIA
- Contra-Energy Transverser
The Hulk, General Ross, Clay Quartermain and a group of soldiers
are all prisoners of the Gremlin within Bitterfrost, a Russian military
fortress located in Siberia. With the Hulk incapacitated by his
electro-stasis beams, the Gremlin reveals to the others his Psi-Clone, a
device that allows him to duplicate and control human minds. He
explains that he used the device to swap the minds of Glenn Talbot and
his loyal spy Gregori Kronski, who was surgically altered to resemble
Talbot for the purposes of attempting to assassinate the President.
Sending Ross and the others to their prison cells the Gremlin prepares
to use his Psi-Clone on the Hulk in the hopes of using the brute as his
pawn. However, this fails as the device fails to register any brain
activity from the Hulk.
When left alone in their cells, Clay Quartermain explains to
General Ross that if they don’t get out in the next 49 minutes they
aren’t going to get out at all: He explains that SHIELD has taken over
the Russian satellite that gave the Devastator his powers, and that they
intend to use it to destroy Bitterfrost should they not make it out.
However, Clay has a means for their escape: a miniature explosive device
hidden under a false finger nail blasts open the door. They then rush
the Gremlin’s control room, knocking out “Gregori Kronski” and taking
him and the Gremlin hostage. They free the Hulk and Ross convinces him
to help for Betty’s sake. However, on their way out, the Gremlin’s pet
creature Droog is unleashed. While the Hulk fights off Droog, the
Gremlin makes his escape, blasting Glenn with a Cerebro-Ray, effectively
erasing his mind and leaving his mind a blank slate.
As the Hulk and Droog continue to fight, Ross, Clay and the
others make their escape. As they escape into their chameleon ship and
blast off, SHIELD agent Sidney Levine, on orders from Nick Fury,
activates the nuclear satellite. It blasts Bitterfrost, completely
atomizing the structure. As they watch the blast from their plane, Ross
feels terrible that he effectively lied to the Hulk, and that he has to
not only go home and tell his daughter that her husband is now a
mindless vegetable but also that he is responsible for the death of the
“Watch Out For Bullseye He Never Misses!” / OCCHIO DI BUE ! (1a parte)
- Bullseye (First appearance)
- Rocketeers (First appearance)
- Rocketeers’ Leader Wescott (First appearance)
- Jester (Fist Only)
- New York policemen
- Bert Rose (1st appearance since Daredevil #1)
- Jake Conover (First appearance)
- Mrs. Gilhardt
- Mr. Hunnicut (Only appearance; dies)
- Unnamed Chained Hi-Tech Scientist
story opens with DD rounding up the Rocketeers, a
gang of bank robbers in matching suits and with a suped-up getaway car. DD took
them down in only 2 1/2 pages by himself. And that easy victory earned
him an audience with another guy who’d just tasted victory — the new
district attorney, Blake Tower. Tower, who had defeated the incumbent,
Foggy Nelson, tells DD how grateful that he is to have heroes like DD
helping out. This is quite a departure from what we’d see in a Spidey
mag around the same time. We then cut to The Storefront Legal Services,
where Nelson and Matt Murdock have set up shop in an altruistic venture
to help the down-trodden. In fact, Matt’s about to take on a case against a slum lord. As he leaves to meet other tenants, we get our next scene change.
In a brief interlude of a scientist-type chained to some sort of
control panel, we learn that Foggy’s campaign was apparently derailed
by some commercials that swung the election to Tower. After the guy
complains, he gets a very large fist upside the noggin. Could it be the
Kingpin? We’ll have to wait. We then see an executive in his highrise
office, and a paper airplane floating on the winds. Suddenly the plane
penetrates one of the windows and lands on a plant beside
the man’s desk. Unfolding the plane, he is alarmed at a note demanding
$100,000, or his life! Man, how times have changed! One hundred grand
on a ransom note? Shoot, that would be $10 million today! Before the
guy can do much more than complain, he is joined in the room by
Bullseye, who draws a pen from the desk caddy. Asking only if the money
is in the office, at the denial he whips the pen straight at our doomed
executive’s throat. End of scene.
While at the tenement, Matt is listening to the testimonies of some of
the residents when he catches a radio broadcast about some strange
goings-on in a murder investigation. Leaving quickly, he dons the
devil-suit and heads to the address they’d mentioned. Alighting
on the window ledge outside the office, he picks up on the police
conversation. I know it became cliche’, but I always liked those panels
that show us what things would look like to DD — heat patterns, pulse
rates, outlines, etc. That helped me to become a part of his situation,
to a degree. DD decides to enter the office and is confronted by the
very gruff Lt. Bert Rose (interestingly, if you go all the way back to
DD #1, it’s been said that Rose made his 1st appearance investigating
the death of Battlin’ Murdock – this is his 2nd appearance). DD states
what is basically the obvious, and I’ll be honest — he is really
condescending toward the cops. Rose lets him know how he feels about
the longjohn crowd. Before leaving, DD is stopped by the Bugle‘s Jacob Conover, who asks DD to stop by his desk at the paper.
- First appearance of Daredevil’s arch enemy Bullseye.
- This is time Lt. Bert Rose is identified although he was un-named in Daredevil #1