Published: October, 1977
Written by: Doug Moench
Art by: Mike Ploog, Dave Cockrum (cover), Rudy Nebres (cover)
Marvel Comics, 19 Pages
This one issue story appeared in the 38th issue of the long running Marvel Premiere comic book series.
I have never really read much of the Weirdworld stuff but this was the second story from that realm of the Marvel Universe. It was also supposed to be something that was expanded on but there were some behind the scenes issues with that and it went away for quite some time before there were other Weirdworld stories.
Unlike the later Weirdworld stuff, this didn’t feature any known Marvel characters or anything else that could connect it to the broader universe.
This was marketed on the cover to be similar in style to The Lord of the Rings. I’d say that the only real similarity is that it’s fantasy. This is more of a sword and sorcery story than an epic fantasy like something at the scale of most of Tolkien’s work.
The main character is an elf warrior that discovers an elf girl and the two go on a pretty quick adventure that sees them meet a wizard with questionable intentions as well as coming face to face with a dragon.
I wish there was more to sink my teeth into. This was a really cool short story that is very similar to the late ’70s and early ’80s fantasy stuff. It reminds me of old school Dungeons & Dragons.
I thought the art was really good for the era. The story was well done and kept me enthused from start to finish and really, I just want to dig up more old school comics in this style.
I mean, how f’n cool is that cover?
Pairs well with: other Marvel Premiere releases, especially the strong fantasy stuff.