Jul 13, 2015

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 139: Warlock #8, October 1973 (Two Weeks From The Dollar Bin - Day 3)


For the record, I have little to no familiarity with Adam Warlock. The cosmic stuff, including the recently-lauded Guardians of the Galaxy, has always been a bit beyond my scope in the Marvel Universe. But who can resist a 42-year old comic for a buck?

It's weird, like most comics coming out of Marvel at the time were. There's a parallel Earth, a villain called "Man-Beast," and a super-groovy orange cosmic space guy. It's also an issue that brings a lot of stuff to a head that's obviously been brewing for the last 7 issues, non of which I've ever read. So I was a bit lost. But there's one section in it that is so emblematic of the 70s cosmic epics, that I'm going to scan and share it all here, because it's a thing of rare psychedelic beauty.

The demon Aggression, with whom Warlock is fighting, leaps into his mind and torments him:

(Gotta say, that weird-looking mouth down there is one of the weirdest things I've seen in a comic in ages.)

There's an excellent homage to this sort of story-telling in Alan Moore's Supreme. Rick Veitch perfectly mimics the cosmic-Marvel pencilling style, sending Supreme headlong in the realms beyond death. To see that such an homage is indeed so spot on is a treat. And to see it in colour is nice too. I know Marvel are discontinuing their Essential trade series (B&W reprints of old comic, which I kind of liked), so hopefully we're going to see affordable colour print collections. Though more likely digital archives. Has anyone kickstartered a pad-style device that's the right size for reading old comics?

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