Great Moments in Literature

“Barrett watched the wrangling without pleasure. It all seemed impossibly dull and dreary to him, this quibbling over the phraseology of a manifesto. That was essentially what he had expected to find here; a bunch of futilitarian hairsplitters in a draft basement room, battling furiously over minute semantic differences. Were these the revolutionaries who would hold back the world from chaos? Hardly. Hardly.”

–Robert Silverberg, Hawksbill Station, 1968

SEA-BLUE AND BLOOD RED: THESE ARE THE COLORS THAT WASH PAST THE GOLDEN AVENGER’S EYES AS HE STRUGGLES, DESPERATELY, AGAINST HIS OWN ARMOR! FOR MERE HEARTBEATS AGO, BENEATH THE CHILL WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC, THAT ARMOR HAD MALFUNCTIONED — ITS EYE AND MOUTH SLITS JAMMING INEXPLICABLY OPEN! AND UNLESS IRON MAN CAN STEM THE SUDDEN FLOW OF INRUSHING BRINE, OR QUELL THE PANIC THAT IT ENGENDERS, THE NEXT COLOR HE SEES MAY WELL BE — DEATH BLACK!

–David Michelinie, IRON MAN, Vol. 1, No. 121, “A Ruse By Any Other Name…” 1979

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