It has to be said that the first eight issues of Amazing Adventures (published 1970-71) are quite lovely comics. It’s a split book featuring stories of both the Inhumans and the Black Widow, so you get plenty of bang for your buck as it were. Issues 1-4 have Jack Kirby writing and drawing the Inhumans, a rare instance of him being credited with the scripting during his first go round at Marvel. It has to be said that it’s not vintage Kirby, coming at the end of his tenure, but the stories are solid enough and the art points towards the direction Kirby would take in his time at DC.

The following four issues then have Neal Adams taking over the art chores for a beautiful run of comics scripted by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. While everyone remembers Adams’s Batman, Green Lantern, Avengers and X-Men work, I think his Inhumans stuff is often forgotten. A shame, as it’s fabulous.

Backing up the inhabitants of Attilan in Amazing Adventures is the Black Widow, appearing in solo stories for the first time. The series starts out with journeyman John Buscema art, but issues 3-5 explode with wonderment as Genial Gene Colan arrives, inked by Sub-Mariner creator Bill Everett. And what a combo they are! Not everyone can ink Colan well — Tom Palmer is probably the signature inker — but Everett succeeds brilliantly, and their collaboration produces some thirty pages or so of beautiful comics. And Natasha Romanoff herself has never looked lovelier.

The pair obviously knew they were on to a good thing, as they were quick to provide us with a shower scene in issue 5:

It is, of course, completely intrinsic to the plot…

Sadly, all good things come to an end, and Don Heck takes over from #6. Everett returns to ink Heck with #7, but the results are not pretty.

If you want really bizarre, however, check out Amazing Adventures #9, where the Inhumans take over the entire book and get drawn by Silver Age DC stalwart Mike Sekowsky!