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Marvel Premiere #30: Review

Jun 1976
Roy Thomas, Don Heck

Story Name:

Hey Ma! They're Blitzin' the Bronx!

Review & Comments

3 stars

Marvel Premiere #30 Review by (July 11, 2018)

Review: And already the writers are having trouble to find something for all of the new heroes to do! Not to worry, it's a seventies Marvel comic, pure dumb fun back when that was the point of a comic book!

Comments: Part four of four parts. The Hindenburg disaster of May 6, 1937 is mentioned, then recreated. The Liberty Legion never headlined their own title again, with their only other major appearance teaming up with the Thing in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1 and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #20. They do show up in THE INVADERS Vol. 2, a four-issue miniseries in 1993. Red Raven occasionally appears by himself every few years connected to the Inhumans.

Period Pop-Culture Details: Baseball star Joe DiMaggio.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Premiere #30 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Story continued from THE INVADERS #6.

At the NYC radio station, Bucky and Thin Man see the mind-controlled Human Torch flying at them; they head up to the roof with a plan. Thin Man distracts Torch while Bucky shoots a fire hose at him—but the plan fails because Torch can dodge! When they recover from their soaking they find the Torch has vanished....

But we see he's arrived at the Red Skull's secret headquarters—hidden in the basement of the radio station. The baddies discover that the hypnotized heroes head straight for the Nullatron when summoned (this will be important later). The Skull resumes his identity of Bettman Lyles (see INVADERS #5) to check up on the Liberty Legion. They show him Toro has been rescued and reconverted. Later, the Red Skull challenges the Liberty Legion to face his captive Invaders in a fight to the finish at Yankee Stadium....

On the day of the fight, the Legionnaires are waiting at the stadium before a full crowd; the Red Skull's dirigible passes overhead and the Invaders are dropped from the sky. The several heroes battle across the ballpark, the fight going first one way then another. Bucky then reveals that he was impersonating Toro who was still brainwashed; the real Toro is now brought out of his sedation and flames on, flying directly toward the Nullatron—and he ignites the hydrogen, completely destroying the Red Skull and his operation. The Invaders snap out of their trances and the two teams leap into action, saving the crowd from the falling debris. Then they all become pals, the Invaders planning to fight in Europe while the Liberty Legion guards the home front.

Characters: Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, Toro, The Patriot, Red Raven, Thin Man, Miss America, Whizzer, Blue Diamond, Jack Frost

Don Heck
Vince Colletta
Phil Rachelson
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

(Thomas Raymond)

Plus: Blue Diamond (Elton Morrow), Jack Frost, Liberty Legion, Patriot (Jeff Mace), Red Raven, Thin Man, Whizzer.

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