Words and Pictures Fred Hembeck, Himself
Inks (outside covers, pages 3 – 24) Vince Colletta
Inks (inside covers, pages 1, 2, 30 – 32) Joe Staton
Letters (pages 3 – 29) Janice Chiang
Letters (inside covers, pages 1, 2, 30 – 32) Rick Parker
Color (pages 3 – 29) Steve Mellor
Color (pages 1, 2, 30, 31) Gregory Wright
Dedicated to The Big Guy
Cover Dated July 1989
This website has the comic, if you want to read along –
I’ve always liked Fred Hembeck and how Marvel will give him a few panels here and there in the Marvel Bullpen. He is like the original Chris Giarrusso – so it makes sense that he would also get his own special.
The basic concept of the issue, like the title states, Hembeck is going to draw Marvel characters dying.
Hembeck is narrating the comic and the Punisher shows up to stop him.
Death is walking about the Marvel Universe. Ant-Man gets doused by water by the Water Wizard. He collapses on a lady’s doorstep and places him in the microwave. Oops!
In Asgard, Loki puts on a concert. He plays Ragnorock and Roll and destroys Asgard.
The Black Characters all get the Black Plague – Black Bolt, Black Cat, Black Knight, Black Panther and Black Widow.
Captain Marvel, Monica, gets trapped into an episode of Three’s Company and has the television set turn off.
Daredevil gets a sai to the heart. Since we’re celebrating Daredevil Month, I’ll show the page.
Dazzler is killed by the statue form of Thanos.
Spider-Man is killed by Doctor Octopus, Toad, Rhino, Lizard, Scorpion and the Vulture – the Sinister Six.
Juggernaut and Kingpin die in canoes as they are too heavy.
Hulk dies fighting this male Death.
Doctor Doom has the Fantastic Four in canisters. Reed implies that Doom is his father, which is weird. He’s not Victor Von Doom but Nathaniel Reed Richards, noted mid-western surgeon. I wonder if Nathaniel Richards was an established character at this point? After a nice family reunion, the Fantastic Four are walking away when a giant boulder crashes on top of them.
I own this for the Kitty Pryde plus the X-Men page :
That probably is the only way to kill the X-Men, in their sleep. They are killed by Ninja Sentinels.
Zzzax kills Namor with electricity. He then jumps into a hot tub and dies.
Punisher, who has been reading this comic along with us, is visited by the spirit of Uncle Ben Parker. Punisher takes off his face mask and uniform, revealing he was Stan Lee, the entire time. Hembeck calls him, Mr. Lee, and Stan corrects him. It is, sir.
It is a fun issue.
I found Hembeck’s own website, and he wrote about the issue itself and it is a very great (and long) essay.