Below you’ll find our reading selections for the year of 1967, and at the end of our reading, you’ll find my thoughts on the year and our winners for hero and villain of the year.
Feel free to discuss the comics and any related thoughts below in the comments!
1967 Comic Reading List
|1967||Comic Book Title||Issues|
|1||Fantastic Four||#57 to #60|
|2||Avengers, Avengers Annual||#38, #1|
|4||Amazing Spider-Man||#47,#49,#50 to #52|
|5||Fantastic Four||#62 to #63|
|6||Strange Tales||#153 to #155, #157 to #158|
|7||Tales to Astonish||#93|
|9||Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four Annual||#65, #5|
|10||Tales of Suspense||#93,#94|
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The Voting – 1967
The Marvel Hero of the Year: 1967
I have to admit, when we started My Marvelous Year, I knew just about every vote in the 1960s Hero of the Year would come down to Spider-Man vs. The Fantastic Four. Sure, I figured we’d sprinkle in some votes for Doctor Strange, and quite possibly we’ll see the likes of Nick Fury and Silver Surfer to close the decade, but for the most part this is the Spidey and FF show.
What I didn’t see coming was Spider-Man running away with the title with ease. I’ve made it no secret that good old Peter Parker is my favorite superhero ever, but I figured the Comic Book Herald faithful might be as taken by Jack and Stan’s first family as I have been.
Nonetheless, here we are with only 2 years left in the 1960s, and Spider-Man has just won his fourth Hero of the Year award, with the Fantastic Four stuck on two.
Despite some great comics from the Fantastic Four (taking down Doom after he usurped the Silver Surfer’s power, fending off the likes of Ronan the Accuser and Psycho-Man), Amazing Spider-Man is just too good, even long after the departure of Steve Ditko.
Stanly the Manly and Jazzy John Romita knock out classic after classic during this period of Spider-Man Even things like Mary Jane abruptly dancing in the living room of her aunt’s house (early Mary Jane is a hoot) are charming and a part of the fabric of Peter Parker’s well-defined universe.
We’ll take a moment after 1969 to reassess the 60’s as a whole, but as it stands, Spider-Man is the heavy favorite for the decade’s hero of the year!
1967 Hero of the Year: Spider-Man
The Marvel Villain of the Year: 1967
Speaking of recurring winners, 1967 marks the third Villain of the Year crown for Doctor Doom.
Our reading list saw the introduction of Ronan the Accuser, Psycho-Man, and Kingpin, as well as a top-notch quest for world domination for the Mandarin. In fact, it’s the Mandarin who impressed me the most, assembling a C-list Masters of Evil and giving each crew tiny post-it notes for his diamond-based conquest initiative.
Ok, in reality, it was the Kingpin who makes the splashiest entrance, with a quest for crime boss that nearly marks the end of Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson!
Nonetheless… Doctor Doom stole the Silver Surfer’s power and rode around on his cosmic surfboard until the accursed Fantastic Four got lucky. He wins by a mile (well actually, just a few votes, but still, all hail Doom!).
1967 Villain of the Year: Doctor Doom
The Marvel Comic Issue of The Year: 1967
I am sorely tempted to pick Avengers Annual #1 as a winner here, for the simple fact that it so neatly carves the hero + hero vs. villain + villain template we’ll see in coming multi-issue epics like the Avengers vs. Defenders War. It’s far from a perfect comic, but Roy Thomas and John Buscema do a great job with an enormous cast of Avengers, and also a giant sword hanging over a village.
You could also make a strong case for any of Jaunty Jim Steranko’s first written/drawn Nick Fury arcs in Strange Tales, although I suspect he’ll get his due in 1968.
Our winner, though, is “Spider-Man No More!” the near perfect template used for everyone’s favorite Spider-Man 2. Much like last year’s winner, Amazing Spider-Man #33, this issue is a nice inspirational reminder why Peter Parker remains the hero, and the interactions between Spidey and Jolly Jonah are priceless.
1967 Issue of the Year: Amazing Spider-Man #50