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Review: Giant-Size Creatures #1

Giant-Size Creatures #1 cover
Cover uncredited

Giant-Size Creatures #1
Published and © by Marvel, July 1974

Title: “Tigra the Were-Woman!”
Synopsis: A secret race of Cat People turns Greer Nelson into Tigra, a werewoman who battles Werewolf by Night and Hydra.

Writer: Tony Isabella
Penciler: Don Perlin
Inker: Vince Colletta

Review: The Cat seemed bound for obscurity but writer Tony Isabella transforms her into something pretty cool. Now known as Tigra, the character is given an interesting back story involving a secret race of Cat People. Don Perlin and Vince Colletta’s art is dated but serviceable.

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Title: “Where Walks the Werewolf!”
Synopsis: A doctor’s plan to cure a friend’s blindness goes horribly wrong when he accidentally uses spinal fluid from a werewolf.

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Reed Crandall

Review: This reprint from Creatures on the Loose #13 is pretty typical, EC-inspired stuff – fitting, given the old-school Reed Crandall art.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: Gotta give a tip of the hat to Tony Isabella. His Bronze Age work was almost always entertaining.
Not-so-cool factor: The art of Don Perlin and Vince Colletta. It’s not awful, but Tigra deserved better!

Notable: First appearance of Tigra (formerly known as the Cat). … This issue also features essays by Roy Thomas on the origin of Werewolf by Night and Tony Isabella on the origin of Tigra. … The Tigra essay includes a preliminary Tigra design sketch by Gil Kane.
Collector’s note: Beware, this issue contains Marvel Value Stamp (Series A) #34.

Character quotable: “Hail Hydra, baby!” – Hydra Agent B-4, getting a little informal with Tigra
A word from the writer: “I hate loose ends. I hate to see characters out out to pasture needlessly.” – Tony Isabella, in the “Tigra’s Year” essay in this issue, explaining his decision to evolve the Cat into something new

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Oct. 25, 2010.

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