May 17, 2009

Marvel Comics Presents #10 [1989]

Almost a decade after he drew ten issues of the series featuring the Kirby created hero, Ditko returned to plot and pencil an 8-page adventure of Machine Man for this anthology title. "Machine Man Meets the F. F... ...Failure Five" is inked by Dave Cockrum and scripted by Mike Rockwitz.

"Failure Five" is a robot made from scraps by a low-level government scientist which has gained intelligence and wants to steal Machine Man's body. This leads to first the kidnapping of MM's friend Peter Spalding and then a confrontation between the two robots (with MM series regular Colonel Krag also showing up).

It feels like Ditko might have had something else planned for this story that didn't make it into the script. The art, however, is really nice. Cockrum was a really good fit for Ditko (I think this is the only time Cockrum inked Ditko), the robot villain design is nicely wacky and the mixture of that and MM's stretching arms makes for some good stuff in the fight scenes.

1 comment:

  1. I followed your link from a Facebook posting about Cockrum.

    This is a real solid page. I'll have to track down this issue.Cockrum's inks here add a solid definition to Ditko's pencils.