Review: Amazing Adventures #26

Amazing Adventures #26 cover
Cover by John Romita

Amazing Adventures #26
Published and © by Marvel, September 1974

Title: “Something Worth Dying For!”
Synopsis: Killraven sets off to seek the help of Pstun-Rage the Vigilant … but ends up killing him instead.

Writer: Don McGregor
Penciler: Gene Colan
Inker: Dan Adkins

Review: With its political commentary and literary asides, this Don McGregor script feels more like a Steve Gerber tale. The futuristic knight and the twist ending are interesting, but don’t quite fit Killraven’s world. The same could be said of Gene Colan’s art, though his moody pencils fit this story well.


Title: “The World of Flame!”
Synopsis: A sailing ship is lifted by a massive wave to meet a secret civilization living within the sun.

Writer: Uncredited
Artist: Charles F. Miller

Review: This nonsensical short story from Astonishing #54 takes up pages that’d be better given to Killraven. Nice art, though.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Second opinion: “3 out of 4 stars.” – Comics Buyer’s Guide #1655, July 2009

Cool factor: Gene Colan’s take on the Killraven’s world could grow on you …
Not-so-cool factor: … but everything about this issue is tonally off.

Collector’s note: Beware, this issue contains a Marvel Value Stamp (Series A) #96 (Doctor Octopus). … According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 7p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “You gotta watch out for that red-haired devil. … Likes the sight of blood!” – M’Shulla, playing the role of good cop

Editor’s note: This review was written July 28, 2021.

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