Comic Review: Marvel Premiere Featuring Man-Wolf

Published: December, 1978 – February, 1979
Written by: David Anthony Kraft
Art by: George Perez, Frank Giacoia, Ricardo Villamonte

Marvel Comics, 38 Pages

Review:

I’ve been picking up old issues of Marvel Premiere lately. Mainly, because this anthology series predates the era where I first started reading comics and because Marvel’s ’70s fantasy stuff is pretty rad.

This Man-Wolf story was released over two issues, starting in the month I was born. Also, the Man-Wolf character is pretty damn cool when used in the right sort of story. This is definitely one of those stories, as this is where he becomes the super powerful Stargod.

The thing that really sold this for me though, was the George Perez art. His style has always resonated with me and his art was one of the factors that really got me into comics. When I first started drawing, I mimicked Perez a lot.

I think the thing that makes this a pretty cool story though, is the fantasy setting. Man-Wolf ends up in a weird place and becomes a god to a crew of barbarian type heroes. When you see him unleash his raw power, it’s absolutely ridiculous.

On the other hand, he was almost too powerful for this story and when the big showdown with the baddies happens, it felt a bit lazy in how easy it was for him to basically just turn into a friggin’ magic bomb. But I’m not complaining because the badassness of it is stronger than how convenient it was. Plus, it works for the narrative, as this was more about Man-Wolf becoming Stargod than fighting generic fantasy villains.

This was a really cool story to pick up. I think it would have been better though, if it was spread out over four issues and gave us a bit more depth and character development for Man-Wolf’s allies.

But comics are supposed to be fun escapism and that’s exactly what this is.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: other Man-Wolf stories from the era, most notably the issues that feature him in another Marvel anthology series, Creatures On the Loose.

Comic Review: Marvel Premiere Featuring Weirdworld

Published: October, 1977
Written by: Doug Moench
Art by: Mike Ploog, Dave Cockrum (cover), Rudy Nebres (cover)

Marvel Comics, 19 Pages

Review:

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?

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: other Marvel Premiere releases, especially the strong fantasy stuff.