Monday, January 28, 2013

The Sentry Sinister!

Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott

One of the pivotal moments in Marvel history has to be when the Fab 4 first encountered Sentry #459 at his lonely outpost in Fantastic Four #64.


This issue by the legendary Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott team marked the introduction by name of the Kree.


The "defeat" of the Sentry resulted in the arrival of Ronan the Accuser the very next issue, and eventually triggered the deployment of Captain Mar-Vell to Earth. Captain Marvel himself battled Sentry #459 soon thereafter. Eventually this same Sentry came into conflict with the Avengers a few times, first as part of Ronan the Accuser's tactics in the Kree-Skrull War and later as part of Heavy Metal, a gang of sundry robotic foes. The Sentry even went on to battle the obscure Marvel hero Blackwulf.


What I like about the Sentry is that he is relentlessly loyal to his orders, a force to be reckoned with truly.  Here is a cover gallery featuring some of Sentry #459's greatest battles. My feeling is he's still out there waiting for further orders.


Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia

Sal Buscema

Al Milgrom

Al Milgrom

John Buscema and Tom Palmer

John Buscema and Tom Palmer

Angel Medina

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6 comments:

  1. It's funny how ol' 459 became known as "the Sentry Sinister" in his appearances--a nomenclature which he probably would have corrected on the spot, had it been used to announce him.

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    1. Corrected with extreme prejudice no doubt!

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  2. I guess that's a rejected FF 64 cover. It's pretty darn good.

    I do like the real one better though. There is something about the imposing and mysterious figure of the Sentry filling up most of the page and heroes sort of scurrying in the background. It's a classic!



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    1. Totally agree. Drama over action wins the day!

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  3. I'm still partial to the Awesome Android. :)

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