Sub-Mariner #12-13 (1969)

An unnecessarily Serpent Crown story ends with Namor burying the headgear far beneath the sea.

It’s fascinating how much Roy Thomas’ writing improves when he’s working with a legendary artist. It happened here when he worked with John Buscema (and when he worked with Buscema on Avengers) and again in X-Men when he worked with Neal Adams. At this time, Thomas was both an editor and a writer, so it’s possible he was leaning heavy on artists to lay out a much better story than he himself could produce.

I’m not saying Marie Severin isn’t a good artist–she is. But (a) she’s not well-matched to undersea nobility and (b) she’s not John Buscema.

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