I sold a bunch of my comics and I ended up scanning some pages from these Wereolf books before I shipped em out. Check out how cool some of the pages and panels are!
I sold some Frankenstein comics recently. I scanned a couple covers, Value Stamps, and Title Pages. The page is from Issue #7.
Lookout lady! You're not the only one taking a bath tonight.
Frankenstein ends up being caught in the middle of a Dracula resurrection.
Yeah ... So, after Frankenstein monster revives Dracula they fight!
I was reading some issues of Shang Chi and decided to share some of the artwork on this site. Sweet, huh?
This image was drawn by John Buscema.
MVS from Issue #25 - Gladiator
These last two images are from issue #31. Paul Gulacy w/ Dan Adkins inks.
The 1970's were nuts! Maybe it was the aftermath the 60's. Maybe it was the influence of psychedelia. Or, maybe JIM STARLIN and his fellow friends at Marvel were just plain lunatics.
Don't believe me? Check out the art and story of CAPTAIN MARVEL #33.
If I was wearing a hat, it would go off to Jim Starlin. Not olny did he plot this tale, he also penciled and colored it. Steve Englehart did the script while Klaus Janson inked it.
Opening the comic we find Rick Jones aka Capt. Marvel going toe to toe with THANOS.
(Yes, this is part of Marvel's period were they felt Rick Jones needed to be inserted somewhere ... all the time. In this part of his career he is bound to Captain Marvel.
He put on the Nega Bands at some point and when touched together he becomes the Captain while Rick goes to the Negative Zone. When he is Rick, Captain Marvel is stuck in the Negative Zone.) Anyway ...
After a 2-page, 26 panel super awesome flashback, we are treated to a Thanos origin.
After being exiled from his planet TITAN, Thanos returned to slaughter the land and repopulate it with "outcast aliens".
Kronos, a "near-god" creates DRAX THE DESTROYER to counter Thanos. Lots of fighting and confusing things happen and then we can finally turn to page 3, which is presented to you there on the left.
It is on this page we learn ISAAC, Thanos' sentient computer is watching and recording everything.
Thanos got his hands on THE COSMIC CUBE, and has gained infinite power. After imprisoning his foes, Thanos performs the "Grand Transformation" and becomes part of the universe.
See what I mean? Only 3 pages in and I feel like I have to contact an animal spirit just to keep pace.
After draining the Cosmic Cube of it's power Thanos discarded it. Rick Jones picks it up and flees to earth. Thanos follows him, Rick taps the Nega-Bands together and becomes Captain Marvel. The two powerhouses begin to fight.
Thanos manhandles Capt. Marvel but leaves him alive. Thanos goes off to do more important things while Mar-Vell is awoken by ISAAC the computer man. (ISAAC stands for Integrel Synaptic Ant-Anionic Computer in case you wanted to know.)
Still in possession of the Cube, Mar-Vell tries to think of a new plan.
Thanos sees the Avengers approching and with a thought is able to disable them. He shifts them one heartbeat forward in the Space/Time Continuum thus making them unseen to all on earth.
Elsewhere, Moondragon and Thanos' dad MENTOR are working on their own plan. It involves rescuing the original inhabitants of TITAN. Seventeen of the original 114 are still alive.
Wondering how he can use the Cosmic Cube, Captain Marvel is startled by MANTIS. (Mantis is annoying as she always refers to herself as "This One" or in some other abstract 3rd person.)
Mantis is not affected by Thanos' "Phase-Shift" as ... "This one has perfect control of mind and body." She has her own theories about the Cosmic Cube.
Suddenly, DRAX the DESTROYER shows up and blasts Thanos. Upset by this, Thanos transforms into his universal god-state. With his mind, he launches an entire skyscraper at Drax and Mar-Vell.
See what I mean? This issue has some heavy themes. Let's take a break and enjoy this issue's MARVEL VALUE STAMP.
Take a deep breath. Let THOR's massive muscles relax your mind.
Okay. Ready to move on? Me either ... Five more deep breathes.
Captain Marvel leaves Drax to fight Thanos alone while he gets the Cosmic Cube. He has one last idea.
He is approached by Isaac and Mantis. They have linked their minds. Good thing for Mar-Vell as "This One" has brought him the Cube.
They come up with a kooky 1970's plan.
Isaac and Mantis propose that a god must be worshipped. Thanos exists, yet no one worships him but himself.
They know about "Death", Thanos' would be girlfriend, but they think she is not a worshipper.
A god can not worship it's self.
Thus, if Thanos is not a god, then his power is not self generating and he must somehow still be drawing power from the Cube.
They realize that Thanos only discarded the Cosmic Cube to make people think he did not need it!
In fact, he is still drawing power from the cosmic cube!
Thanos realizes they know his secret and begins to alter reality.
With reality warped, Thanos punishes Mar-Vell further by aging him rapidly. Captain Marvel's hair turns gray, and then he goes bald as you can see in the page to the right.
In a last ditch effort, old man Mar-Vell dives and karate chops the cosmic cube.
The plan worked! The cube explodes and Thanks lets out a long winded scream.
Mistress Death aka DEATH, his female love interest finds the outcome funny as Thanos becomes a twinkle in her eye.
Things revert to normal, but everyone is so stunned that no one speaks. Drax has no sense of purpose and flies off sad.
My head hurts ... but I LOVED THAT ISSUE.
This is somewhat enrelated, but I am annoyed with WIKIPEDIA!
On their Thanos page they state that he discarded what he believed to be a drained cosmic cube. However, this issue states that he discarded it on purpose to make people believe it was drained when in fact he still drew power from it.
I refuse to update anything on Wiki since nerds, nerdier than myself changed my Tigra update!!!
In Marvel Premiere #42 she is called Greer Garson, not Greer Grant and I thought it might be an interesting tidbit.
AND, the same issue clearly states that Cat-People have the one time ability to project a ghost like version of themselves when their lives are in danger. However, using this aspect of their power set results in death.
I was only trying to help but some lustful Tigra fan felt only he can add to her page and DELETED my update. For that I am now jaded and will not be updating "Wrong-a-pedia" ... EVER!!!!! (Take that world!)
It sure is hard to root for Morbius. We are meant to sympathize with him due to his condition. He is a creepy monster that murders lots of people. His BLOODLUST is uncontrollable and he is often not to blame. I'm just saying, ... he is hard to root for and the cover to FEAR #24 does him no value in portraying him nicely.
The cover is quite glorious upon inspection. BLADE the VAMPIRE SLAYER stands defensively above a young damsel. Protecting her from a swooping Morbius, BLADE has a WOODEN KNIFE cocked back, ready to toss it down this fancy vampire's throat. Morbius' is practically embracing Blade as his fangs hope to satisfy his BLOODLUST!
Story by Steve Gerber + Art by Craig Russell
What better place to begin a story than smack dab in the middle? Once past the cover, we find Morbius in a very strange place. Stan Lee supposedly intended every comic he wrote to be somewhat of a stand alone issue. That is not the case here as this zany tale spans five issues or so.
Morbius has partnered with a creature named 'I' and is on the latter part of his space demon-dimensional-alien journey. Yes, you read that correctly. Morbius has not had much time to rest, as he lost his lover, got played by a guy named Daemond, fought a demon Monkey-Cat named Balkatar and now finds himself here ... watcing the sun set on the 4th planet from the sun Arcturus.
Steve Gerber depicts an interesting human/android barbarian-mutant civilization and Craig Russel does a good job rendering this tale with his pencils. Morbius is led to a rocket ship by 'I'. Together they hatch a plan to overthrow a mysterious group known as "the CARETAKERS".
"I" is proud of the last starship and tells the vampire about it telepathically. Morbius only cares about one thing. Will it get him to earth?
Not far away, a group of mutant-android-barbarians worship the rocket. They get in a little argument with Morbius and "I". "I" tells them to pipe down as his race built the androids in the crowd, and the spacecraft they all worship! This enrages the crowd to which they call "I" a blasphemer and quickly become aggressive.
No cup holders?
Morbius acts quickly and begins to run expecting "I" to follow. He turns only to see "I" strolling casually. Morbius quickly zips back, grabs I, and scolds him for blowing their lead. Now they are backed in a corner and it's time for Morbius to be a hero. It's time for Morbius to take center stage and find a away of of this! It's time for Morbius to grab a nice attractive female and MURDER her in front of everyone. Wait ... what? !
Yes! Backed into a corner, Morbius decides a hostage would be good. He sees a pretty blonde and is correct when he assumes she must be their queen. He glides above and grabs her. Intending only to use her as a means to escape, his BLOODLUST kicks in. He bites her neck and has sucked her dry before landing back on the ground.
More angry, the men throw rocks and seek greater vengeance. Morbius and "I" escape to the ship where they are safe inside from the puny stones and spears.
Blade is short for 'Wood Blade'!
Morbius and "I" blast off in the ship that was an idol to so many mutant-android-barbarians. As the ships thrusters blaze heavy amounts of fiery propulsion, the worshippers that did not run are burned up in an offering to their rocket-god.
After a bizarre recap page which sums up how Morbius got into his current predicament, we finally get to see BLADE! Steve Gerber lets us know that not even our murderous hero gets all the comforts of super space travel as it takes several WEEKS for them to return to earth. "I" tells Morbius to relax and enjoy the view.
Blade is out successfully hunting vampires. We first hand get to see Blade's prowess and skill. Far upon a rooftop, Blade launches a dagger into the back of a vampire. Mere moments before feeding on a pretty lady, the vampire's heart is struck by BLADE's precision. She is saved. As the woman flees, Blade finishes the job by severing the vampire's head with a second knife. The splurting blood hasn't landed before we hear "CRASH"!
Right around the corner from Blade's good deeds of killing vampire jerks, is the same ship Morbius was in. But, now the spacecraft is destroyed and there is only one passenger to be found. It's "I", and he's DEAD! Though one might think he died in the crash, Blade is a bit more perceptive than that. Not shocked that a green alien with a giant eye for a head lies before him, he immediately checks "I"s neck and is amazed to find two small puncture marks. The trip was too long to bear and Morbius made "I" his in-flight meal. Blade's first thought? Must be a SPACE VAMPIRE!
Cool! Check out the Marvel Vallue Stamp! It's RED SONJA!!! The worst thing ever is to buy a comic and have a big square hole cut out of it. :(
Blade quickly scans the area hoping to find a clue to back up his hunch. In the distance he sees Morbius looming. While being pursued, Morbius thinks that DAEMOND has somehow already learned of his arrival. He assumes Blade must be a cultist.
Blade catches up and they begin to fight. Morbius thinks his attacker is delusional as he talks about 'real' vampires such as Dracula. Morbius deals a swift kick to the face of Blade, and tells him to "get some help".
Blade uses all his will and his able to regain his bearings. He catches up with Morbius who had fled to a nearby rooftop. Diving, Blade tackles this rare breed of vampire from behind. Grabbing his hair, Blade lifts the head of the pale creature and forces him to look at a holy cross fixed atop the building.
To Blade's surprise it has no effect as Morbius' curse is 'scientific and not supernatural'. With Blade now confused, Morbius is able to toss his persistent assailant to the edge of the roof leaving him there to dangle. When Blade finally pulls himself back up, Morbius is long gone.
Blade searches every nook of the city, not paying attention to local or national news. If he had, maybe he would have heard about the string of railroad murderes from Chicago to Los Angeles!
Elsewhere, the CARETAKERS keep an eye on Morbius' every move.
I absolutely LOVED that "Adventure into FEAR". With everything going on in both their lives, fate still found time to allow MORBIUS and BLADE to get tangled up for a bit. Even though it was the middle of an insane arc, it was still an absolute thrill of a read. As a kid, I rarely had consecutive issues of comics and had to imagine what happened if flashbacks were not provided.
... the comics not done? SWEET!
"FEAR" was a reprint comic up until issue #9 with #10 featuring new material. MAN-THING got a go at the title before MORBIUS with the title ending at #31. Even while the new monsters got to romp around most of the time, the title stayed true to it's original concept and reprinted an old 'FEAR' tale from comics Golden Age of Horror.
This tale was originally printed in "WORLD OF SUSPENSE" #1 with art by Joe Maneely.
It's a strange tale as we find ourselves at the performance of 'CYRANO de BERGERAC'. Joel the janitor loves Belle, the lead actress. Knowing she must love John Sheridan the lead actor, Joel comes up with a plan to get some lovin'.
Dressed as CYRANO with nose and all, Joel tells Belle he loves her. Thinking CYRANO must be John, she says, 'Sorry, but I love another! I love Joel ... the janitor". Excited, the imposter yells, "I'm Joel!" but, to his horror the nose won't come off. He runs away forever deformed. So let that be a lesson to all you cowardly lovers. Speak your mind or get stuck with a deadly magic nose.
And now the comic is over.