Review: Tigerman #3

Tigerman #3 cover
Cover by Larry Lieber

Tigerman #3
Published and © by Atlas (Seaboard), September 1975

Title: “Hell is Spelled … Hypnos!”
Synopsis: Tiger-Man’s investigation of a string of suspicious suicides brings him to blows with an insane psychiatrist named Dr. Hypnos.

Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Al Milgrom

Review: This third and final issue of Tigerman is a bit of a dud. Too many coincidences undermine the story, which is also weighed down by clunky dialogue and a rushed, preachy ending. Gerry Conway has done better. The same is true, of course, of artist Steve Ditko, who turns in an adequate-if-uninspired job here. And Ditko’s pencils get little love from the unsympathetic inks of Al Milgrom. As with much of the Atlas (Seaboard) line, Tigerman feels like a C-list Marvel knockoff. It’s a shame: This series – and publisher – could have been so much more.

Grade: C

Cool factor: Two Spider-Man greats in one comic book.
Not-so-cool factor: This isn’t Spider-Man.

Character quotable:Death … it’s the only answer … after all … I’m insane!” – Dr. Hypnos (yup, that about sums it up!)

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on June 14, 2013.

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