Strange Tales mixes classic Marvel characters with indie artists and the results are strange — yet it works, for the most part. Paul Pope (Batman 100), Molly Crabapple, Jhonen Vasquez and Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change-Bots, Bighead) are only some of the artists and writers brought together for this project.
In turn, they focus their unique perspectives on Dr. Strange, The Punisher, Iron Man, Spider-man, the Hulk and other Marvel mainstays. More often than not, the results are comedy gold like the Perry Bible Fellowship’s take on Wolverine or An M. Kupperman’s awesomely quotable Namor the Sub-Mariner in “Fed Up with Man” — “A Dog. A Barrel . . . Ridiculous!”
Even the more serious takes are still off-beat (like Max Cannon’s unsettling Peter Pepper) and a few like Jim Ruge and Brian Maruca’s blaxploitation take on Brother Voodoo or Jonathan Jay Lee’s marital arts-charged The Punisher beg to be revisited.