Scott and Dan hit up the comics racks from 56 years ago!
This week for RETRO HOT PICKS, Scott Tipton and I are selecting comics that came out the week of Nov. 16, 1966.
Last time for RETRO HOT PICKS, it was the week of Nov. 9, 1978. Click here to check it out.
(Keep in mind that comics came out on multiple days, so these are technically the comics that went on sale between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19.)
So, let’s set the scene: Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was in the middle of his presidential tenure and it was not rosy. After getting flattened in 1964, the Republicans staged a comeback in the 1966 midterms, held the week before. The Democrats kept control of the House and Senate but the GOP had gotten off the mat.
Two movies were vying for top-dog status at the box office: the testosterone-drenched The Professionals, starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance and Claudia Cardinale, and the historical epic Hawaii, starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris.
Bonanza, as usual, was the No. 1 ratings grabber, but other popular shows included The Red Skelton Show, The Lucy Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies. But you just have to know what was on Batman and Star Trek that week, right?
Well, on Batman, it was The Impractical Joker/The Joker’s Provokers, which aired Nov. 16 and 17, respectively. It’s a good-but-not-great two-parter. But get this: On Nov. 17’s episode of Star Trek, it was The Menagerie, Part 1 — which introduced the world to Capt. Christopher Pike. Now THAT is TV history.
The Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On topped the Billboard 100. The runner-up? How about Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. That’s a helluva one-two musical punch. Megahits both, to say the least. Over on the album charts, The Monkees’ eponymous debut album was at the top but the list was fat with classics. You can check out the complete list here, but highlights include the Doctor Zhivago and Sound of Music soundtracks, The Supremes A’ Go-Go, The Mamas & the Papas — and the Beatles’ Revolver, which many critics today consider to be the Fab Four’s best.
Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension
The Green Hornet #1, Gold Key. The show debuted in September and, naturally, TV tie-in kings Gold Key came up with an adaptation. The TV series lasted one season and the comics series made it to Issue #3. But the love for both endures 56 years later. (Come on, let’s get The Green Hornet on Blu-ray and streaming, huh?)
Teen Titans #7, DC. The first appearance of the Mad Mod! This is why the original 1960s version of the Teen Titans was so great: A Carnaby Street couturier could be an arch-villain. Brilliant.
Scott adds: There are a few Teen Titans villains that really withstood the test of time and became pop-culture household names. Then there were the Mad Mods.
Dan counters: Ever see the Mad Mod, played perfectly by Malcom McDowell, on the Teen Titans’ cartoon? Dig this must-watch clip:
The Man From UNCLE #10, Gold Key. Another Gold Key adaptation! Open Channel D, folks.
The X-Men #28, Marvel. There weren’t any Marvel comics that came out this week, so we’re bending the rules by picking a few titles that came out earlier in the month but were obviously still on the stands. In this case, we get the introduction of the Banshee by Roy Thomas, Werner Roth and John Tartaglione.
Fantastic Four #59, Marvel. The FF, the Silver Surfer, the Inhumans and Doctor Doom by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott. ‘Nuff said.
Scott Tipton, contributor-at-large, 13th Dimension
Daredevil #24, Marvel. A rare appearance of Ka-Zar in pants.
The Amazing Spider-Man #45, Marvel. The Lizard is one of those Spidey-Foes who’s really fallen off the radar in recent years. You never see him in the comics any more, and even in the movies he always kind of seems like an afterthought. Love this oh-so-classic cover, though.
Dan adds: I love the Lizard! I love my Mego Lizard! I love my Marvel Legends Lizard! I love him on the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. I even love his cameo in the 1972 “Rockomic” album From Beyond the Grave! And this is a killer Lee/Romita barnburner.
— RETRO HOT PICKS! On Sale The Week of Nov. 9 — in 1978! Click here.
— RETRO HOT PICKS! On Sale The Week of Nov. 2 — in 1974! Click here.
Primary sources: Mike’s Amazing World of Comics, the Grand Comics Database.
November 16, 2022
That’s my Lizard! I loved him when I was a kid and was always thrilled when he showed up! I still get excited remembering the final page of Spider-Man #75! Hated when they gave him teeth and made him a feral, mindless beast. Totally ruined the character for me.
November 16, 2022
John Romita Sr. and the Lizard… chef’s kiss! Also, DC Comics… there’s always room for a revival of Mad Mod! I’m kind of surprised they didn’t leap to that chance when Austin Powers hit big in the late 90’s!
November 17, 2022
Actually, the Mad Mod did make a cameo revival in the ’96-’98 Teen Titans book. He was a reformed fashion designer/interior decorator for the team. It wasn’t in response to Austin Powers (the book started in 96 and Austin Powers came out in 97), but he was there.
November 17, 2022
The Mad Mod may have been au courant, but that Teen Titans cover looks quaintly old-fashioned to me next to those explosive Marvel images.