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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Not Brand Echh!

Decades before the DC vs. Marvel crossover event, here's the very first team-up of Aquaman and the Sub-Mariner, from Not Brand Echh #3!

For those unaware, Not Brand Echh! was an ongoing series Marvel published from 1967-1969, skewering their own characters and plot contrivances, many times written and drawn by the same people who were doing the "straight" superhero titles. Sure, the humor was on the sillier side, but could you imagine DC doing something like this at the time?

The panel in question is from the story "The Honest-to-Irving, True-Blue, Top-Secret Original Origin of Captain America: by Roy Thomas and Tom Sutton. Here's the whole page for context, as if that matters:
This was caught and sent in by F.O.A.M.er Mac Schafer a while ago, and I'm only posting it now because today is the birthday of the legendary Marie Severin, who was often the mad genius behind a lot of Marvel's efforts to goof on itself, both in and out of Not Brand Echh! Thanks Mac and Happy Birthday Ms. Severin!


Luke said...

The boys over on the Fantasticast (ffcast.libsyn.com) have been talking a little bit about Not Brand Echh! lately as they are currently covering the era of FF during when the book was published. It's pretty slight, apparently, even for a humor mag of this vintage!

Earth 2 Chris said...

^Love the Fantasticast. Been making my way through the backlog of episodes, trying to catch up.

I was a big fan of Not Brand Ecch's late 80s follow-up, "What The?". Some genuinely funny stuff in there.

Love Namor's old-style bathing suit.