Marvel Spotlight #25 (December, 1975) with its Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott cover, captured the main Ray Harryhausen special effects of the 1958 technicolor movie of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (the cyclops and the animated skeletons)...
...letting readers know of all the excitement within the issue!
Sinbad has to take his crew back to the island of Collossa (where he faced the cyclops) to get a piece of the egg of the roc, to save his princess Parisa from the spell of the evil Sokurah, where he faces other menaces as well as the sorcerer's treachery.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
....this time, taking a journey to the domed City, and a look at the Marvel Comics adaptation of the MGM movie....
Logan goes to report to the main computer and gives it the items from the last run. The computer scans the Ankh, and knows it relates to Sanctuary, and asks Logan about it, telling him of 1056 unnaccounted for runners. Logan asks if they (or anyone) has renewed (doubt in his mind from Jessica), with no answer. The computer wants to send him to search for runners, and accelerates his life clock from red to blinking, causing him to lose years, making him now want to run!
George Perez kept the location of the City close to what it was in the movie (the Texas mall they filmed it in, but was not capturing the likenesses of the actors....likely due to the licensing agreement).
In the maze car, Jessica wonders why the cubs are so wild (perhaps by being born in breeders, not natural mothers), as her friends follow.
How different is that from dying at 30, Billy asks Logan, triggering more doubt. Logan and Jessica find the runner, and Logan gives her his Ankh so she can find Sanctuary, and a capsule of blind gas to help her fight foes, but the girl dies soon after, with Jessica's friends thinking Logan killed her (when it was really Francis).
George Perez continues his work as well, with the adaptation changing things from the movie a bit, with the introduction of Muscle, as well as not having Jessica's encounter with the cub girl, Mary-2 (and Logan giving the runner his Ankh).
Demonstrating the healing side to fix Logan's wound, the Doc then sets the lasers to cut only, trying to kill Logan, which sets Jessica against Doc, then Holly, as Doc tries to keep Logan near the lasers. Logan saves himself, but Doc dies under the lasers. Logan and Jessica try to leave, with Francis showing up, asking why Logan let the runner go in Cathedral.
Francis finds the gateway, and using the Ankh he took from the female runner he killed, follows. Logan didn't want to kill Francis, but as Francis shows up again, they shoot again, breaking one of the water filled pens, washing Logan and Jessica to a freight elevator, which Logan accidentally triggers, taking them down....to the ice world of Box!
George Perez still does a wonderful job of adapting the world of Logan's Run (really using the "Kirby Krackle" in this issue), and David Kraft has a few minor changes here (with Logan throwing his transmitter in the water; Francis getting his Ankh from the runner instead of Logan dropping one there for Francis to find, and no trip through the Lust Shop....).
Enter The Eternal Ice-World Of Box!
Francis comes across the dying Box, and blasts through the ice wall, but he is less impressed with outside then Logan and Jessica were.
The Old Man takes Logan to show him pictures of other of his relatives (really Presidents), as Jessica looks through the room, musing about knowing her parents. Logan recognizes Lincoln, and calls out to Jessica....who has been grabbed by Francis, who plans to carry out his duty to terminate them both!
Here, George Perez took advantage of the comic format, expanding out a two pager (an exceptional beautiful cinematic shot, showing Perez was allowing a movie makers eye into his art), and using panels even more to evoke a feeling that the scene required.
That belief shatters the computer, and, along with a few blasts from Logan, causes the computer to break down, and explosions to rock the city.
In the letter's page, David Kraft says he and George Perez will not be continuing with the title now that the adaptation is done, but that the title will continue (and a few letters bemoan that Logan's Run is not a part of Marvel continuity).
Perez's art calmed down after the wild experimentation of the last issue, but still was a joy to behold!
Thanos fighting Drax the Destroyer instead (and commissioned a series of back up stories planned for Logan's Run #9 and #10, which never happened, though Marvel adapted the story for use in Bizarre Adventures #28 by Archie Goodwin, Michael Golden and Steve Mitchell in October, 1981.
a huge movie and comic success) that started as Logan's Run #7 came out (and 2001: A Space Odyssey was introducing X-51 that month as well, he who would be Machine Man).
The Artistartist George Perez, who was still working on Fantastic Four and Avengers at the time. The Logan's Run series allowed him a chance to stretch his artistic abilities as he had never done before, and that served him well during the rest of those runs, as well as when he moved over to DC, to work on the New Teen Titans, and later on Crisis On Infinite Earths, eventually doubling back to Marvel for a time to work on the Infinity Gauntlet (with that Thanos guy being involved. Thanos sure seemed to take on some importance, but even with a "finger snap", not sure why....).
Thank you for following my little run through of Marvel's Logan's Run comic.
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This column was part of the Super-Blog Team-Up (also hashtag #SBTU for those so inclined), wherein a group of comic bloggers gather and run with a theme, this time around the idea of Expanded Universe, where comics follow licensed properties (usually movies, toys, novels, animation or TV shows).
We bloggers want to help each other by showcasing each other's work as well. Here are the other associated blogs, and hope you have a chance to check them out as they cover some of the theme.
Crapbox Son Of Cthulhu:
Marvel’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Issues 3 & 6
M.A.S.K.: The Road To Revolution
Cavalcade of Awesome:
Between The Pages Blog:
Fantastic Forgotten Star Wars Characters
Comic Reviews By Walt:
Comics Comics Comics . blog:
Marvel series The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones.
Treasure Island Universe
Pop Culture Retrorama:
The Phantom Universe
The Telltale Mind:
Archie Andrews Superstar
Mad-Dog (Marvel Comics, 1992)
The Daily Rios:
Little Shop of Horrors
Radulich In Broadcasting:
Flash Gordon Universe
DC In The 80s:
The TSR Universe (DC comics)
Bronze Age Babies:
Seven Decades of Apes-mania
...and We’re Afflicted!
Echoes from the Satellite:
Tales from the Forbidden Zone
- The Pacing Place
Black & White and Bronze Comics:
Beast on the Planet of the Apes
- a Review
The Source Material Comics Podcast:
Lost N Comics Youtube:
Expanding the medium
by delving into the world
of motion/audio comics.
...and, if you got this far, a reminder that George Perez did come back for a cover of a science fiction meeting of two great franchises, with the Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes team-up (which would have been a runner up for this article, had not the focus went on Logan and the runners!).
Sunday, June 21, 2020
A quiet cover by Gary Frank, with Superman on the Kent farm as Clark Kent, enjoying a quiet moment with Jonathan Kent, the Smallville farmer who found the young Kal-El from Krypton, and adopted him into the Kent family.
Action Comics #869 (November, 2008)
Action Comics #869 (November, 2008)
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Doctor Clever....Gentleman Ghost (okay, not a bad choice, but he isn't on the Nick Cardy cover!)....Doctor Glisten....Captain Cold (good one there!)....and Mister Who!
Still, here there are!
The Adventure Of The Human Streak
Johnny Quick's foe, Dr. Clever, fakes his own hanging in prison to get free, and continue his war with his foe. Dr. Clever has a new trick up his sleeve, a ray that gives whomever he shines it upon super-speed, and uses it on his henchman, Breezy.
Dr. Clever had faced Johnny before in More Fun Comics #74, and would return in More Fun Comics #78 and #89, while Johnny Quick would eventually go on to Adventure Comics (with many of these tales reprinted, and later, be a focus of the retroactive comic, the All-Star Squadron).
The Crimes That Couldn't Have Happened
Gentleman Ghost returns (his first appearance reprinted in Secret Origins #1), this time having taking the loot from a locked bank vault. Hawkman and Hawkgirl spring into action, finding out he had taken the jewels before it was placed into the vault.
Gentleman Ghost would return, to face not only the Golden Age Hawkman, but the Silver Age Hawkman as well, revealing that he really was the ghost of Gentleman Jim Craddock!
This was the only appearance of Dr. Glisten, but Hourman had many adventures in Adventure Comics with quite a few of them being reprinted.
The Big Freeze
Leonard Snart was up for parole, with Iris West taking Barry Allen there so she could testify.
Captain Cold had faced Barry before during his original Showcase run (reprinted in Treasury form), and would repeatedly return to face the Flash!
Dr. Fate shows up to stop hoods from robbing a museum, but their boss, Mr. Who, gets the painting he wanted and escapes.
Mr. Who would return a few more times in More Fun Comics (only reprinted in the Doctor Fate Archives), and even later, as a member of the Monster Society of Evil (facing Hawkgirl, Hourman, Dr. Fate and Sandy) introduced during the Crisis during World War II (and tying in with the next issue of Wanted).
Batman, Flash and Golden Age stories (though no Golden Age Flash) with one more issue left (though the letter pages didn't foreshadow this). Hope was still there, with possible promises of new stories, and perhaps an all female issue of Wanted, with Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Cheetah or the Huntress!