- Forget about it. They're not worth it.
- -- Cyclops
Appearing in "Monsters"
- Daily Globe
- Fred (First appearance)
- Empire Books (First appearance)
- Bennett Schwed (First appearance)
- Fantastic Four
- Jennie Sheldon (First appearance)
- Beth Sheldon (First appearance)
- Doris Jacquet-Sheldon
- Daily Bugle
- Maggie (First appearance)
- Masters of Evil
- Bolivar Trask (On-screen) (Apparent death)
- Teen Brigade (Behind the scenes)
- "George Holt" (E.C. Tubb) (Named only)
- Isaac Asimov (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Norman Mailer (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- President John F. Kennedy (Cameo) (Topical reference)
- Jackie Kennedy (Cameo) (Topical reference)
- Herakles (Referenced)
- Gilgamesh (Referenced)
- Roland (Referenced)
- King Arthur (Referenced)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Mentioned)
- The Eel (Leopold Stryke) (Photo)
- Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff) (Mentioned)
- The Beetle (Abner Jenkins) (Mentioned)
- Super-Skrull (Kl'rt) (Statue)
- Hulk (Bruce Banner) (Statue)
- Norman Osborn (Cameo)
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) (Statue)
- Connie Francis (Cameo) (Topical reference)
- Rama-Tut (Nathaniel Richards) (Statue)
- Dorrie Evans (Cameo)
- Rick Jones (Cameo)
- Alicia Masters
- Willie Lumpkin (Cameo)
- Stark Industries (Cameo)
- Executioner (Skurge) (Statue)
- Dr. Jane Foster (Cameo)
- Nelson and Murdock (Cameo)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) (Cameo)
- Eunice (First appearance)
- Daily Gazette (Mentioned)
- Williams Innovations (Mentioned)
- Simon Williams (Mentioned)
- Beatles (Cameo)
- Harris Hobbs
- Absorbing Man (Carl Creel) (Mentioned)
- Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day) (Camera lens reflection)
- Arthur Lindstrom (First appearance)
- Nick Cosgrove (First appearance)
- Sam Kemperer (Mentioned)
- Beth Kemperer (Mentioned)
- God / Lord (Yahweh) (Invoked)
- Frightful Four (Cameo)
- Medusa (Medusalith Amaquelin) (Cameo)
- Magneto (Erik Lensherr) (Referenced)
- F.B.I. (Voice)
- Patsy Walker (Cameo)
- Puppet Master (Tony Masters) (Cameo)
- Hedy Wolfe (Cameo)
- Lauren Bacall (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Millie Collins (Mentioned)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. (Cameo)
- Stan Lee (Behind the scenes)
- Jack Kirby (Behind the scenes)
- Mary Tyler Moore (Cameo) (Topical reference)
- Dick Van Dyke (Cameo) (Topical reference)
- All-Winners Squad (Photo)
- Boris Karloff (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- Titanium Man (Boris Bullski) (On-screen)
Races and Species:
- Skrulls (Statue)
- Asgardian-Storm Giant Hybrids (Statue)
- Inhumans (Cameo)
- Synthezoids (Photo)
- Human-Inhuman Hybrids (Photo)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- North America
- United States of America
- New York
- New York City
- Sheldon residence
- Williamsburg Bridge
- Westchester County (On-screen)
- New York City
- San Diego, California (Mentioned)
- Cape Citadel, Florida (Referenced)
- M.I.T., Massachusetts (Mentioned)
- New York
- United States of America
- Santo Rico (Named only)
- Europe (Only in flashback)
- North America
- Captain America's Uniform and Shield
- Black Knight's Armor and Power Lance
- Adhesive X
- Iron Man Armor Model 2
- Melting Ray MK I (Behind the scenes)
- Giant-Man's Suit
- Pym Particles (Behind the scenes)
- Seduction of the Innocent (Poster)
- Ruby-Quartz Sunglasses
- Fantastic Four Uniforms
- A copy of Redbook
- A copy of LIFE Magazine
- A copy of Seventeen
- Scarlet Witch's Suit
- Quicksilver's Suit
- Hawkeye's Suit, Bow, and Trick Arrows
- Daredevil's Suit and Billy Club (Camera lens reflection)
- Stilt-Man's Suit (Camera lens reflection)
- A copy of the Daily Globe
- Cloak of Levitation (Cameo)
- Eye of Agamotto (Cameo)
- Iron Man Armor Model 3
- A copy of the Daily Press
- Titanium Man Armor (On-screen)
Synopsis for "Monsters"
Simultaneously in New York City, several groups of all sorts of superhero teams, including the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, have populated the city. Sheldon's jobs at the Daily Globe takes him to many key battles in the city, including the Avengers against the Masters of Evil. Sheldon plans to use all the pictures he has taken in his new book about the superheroes.
While Sheldon tries to think of a way to start his book, he becomes swept up in an anti-mutant paranoia that is invading New York. He has a run-in with the first incarnation of the group known as the X-Men in which he throws a brick at Iceman and calls them names alongside a crowd of angry New Yorkers. Sheldon then attends a gala opening of Alicia Masters' sculptures. Figures like Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Girl, the Thing, the Human Torch, Tony Stark, Matt Murdock, Doctor Strange, Donald Blake, Professor Xavier, Scott Summers and Jean Grey attend the event, showing the celebrity status attached to being a superhero.
The first few of the list of attendants, are swamped by reporters who look to write gossip columns about them, in particular Reed Richards and Sue Storm, who have recently become engaged to be married. The brightness of this happy event is contrasted with what Sheldon thinks is the dark side of the superheroes, the mutants. Things continue with their natural course until Sheldon returns to his home in the suburbs only to find that his neighbors have formed a mob to hunt down a mutant that was supposedly in the area. Sheldon runs to his house and finds that his daughters have been hiding a little mutant girl with a head like an alien skull. He quickly realizes the importance of the little girl, and imagines his neighbors and friends tearing his house and family apart to get the girl, so he decides to help her. This makes Sheldon worry for the safety of his family as anti-mutant tensions grows among the New Yorkers.
Reed Richards' and Sue Storm's wedding is one of the most important events in year. Celebrities like the Beatles attend the event. Unfortunately that same night, Dr. Bolivar Trask unveils his final solution to the mutant problem during a televised debate with Charles Xavier: Sentinels, giant robots programmed to hunt down and kill mutants. When the Sentinels rebel against their master, a rampage in the city begins. Raging mobs roam the streets, seeking to kill mutants.
While the city explodes in violence, Sheldon takes out his camera to record the event and let people see what their hatred brings them. When the Sentinels pass over the violent mobs, the scanning lights serves to make people aware of their actions and they disperse. Sheldon returns home and finds that the young mutant girl has left on her own again. His daughter, Jenny, approaches him late in the night for comfort as to the safety of the young girl. He hugs Jenny and says he does not know if she is all right but that he hopes she will be.
News Photographer Phil Sheldon, takes on the task of reporting a story about New York City’s very own super heroes. A book giving a glimpse at modern day legends! Follow The Avengers from a new perspective, and experience shot-by-shot a tale that may just end up to be more for than the cameraman bargained for.
- Gavin and Jay, the characters for whom Barney Bushkin calls, are named after Jay Gavin.
- Comic sources:
- Fantastic Four #1: "The Birth of the Fantastic four—"
- Journey into Mystery #83–#85: "Thor—"
- Tales to Astonish #49: "Giant-Man —"
- Fantastic Four #4: "The Return of the Sub-Mariner—"
- Avengers #4: Return of Captain America
- Avengers #6: Masters of Evil battle
- Tales to Astonish #54: "Santo Rico: Country in Crisis"
- Strange Tales #123: Human Torch's '4' signal
- Tales to Astonish #58: Benson's Department Store/Wasp display
- Fantastic Four #25–#26: Hulk/Thing battle
- Strange Tales #117: Human Torch/Eel battle
- Tales to Astonish #57: Giant-Man/Spider-Man battle
- Amazing Spider-Man #15: Kraven coming to New York
- Journey into Mystery #105: "Heavy Machinery Shows"
- Tales to Astonish #57: "At the Barricade"
- Strange Tales #123: "Callin' himself the beetle"
- Avengers #9: "Williams embezzlement case"
- Fantastic Four #25: FF engagement announcement
- Fantastic Four #24: LIFE cover photo
- Journey into Mystery #114: Manhunt for Crusher Creel
- Avengers #16: Avengers press conference
- Fantastic Four #28: "Susan Storm Abducted by Frightful Four"
- Daredevil #8: Daredevil/Stiltman battle
- Fantastic Four Annual #3:
- Richards' wedding
- "Today's the Day"
- X-Men #14:
- Globe "Mutant Menace" feature
- Xavier/Trask "debate"
- Sentinels over New York
- "Sentinels have mysteriously disappeared"
- Tales of Suspense #69: Iron Man/Titanium Man fight promo
Links and References
- From the Marvels TPB, ISBN 9780785100492.
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