Review: The Cougar #2

The Cougar #2 cover
Cover by Rich Buckler and Al Milgrom

The Cougar #2
Published and © by Atlas (Seaboard), July 1975

Title: “… A Walk With the … Werewolf!”
Synopsis: Stuntman Jeff Rand is forced to go into action as the Cougar when his brother – a werewolf! – attacks the set.

Writer: Gary Friedrich
Artist: Frank Springer

Review: This reviewer vividly remembers buying this issue at the swap meet as a kid, and reading it in the back of Dad’s truck on the way home. The reason: A surprising conclusion that underscores just how dangerous all that swinging around on ropes (or vines … or webs …) can be. It was shocking at the time, and the whole comic holds up OK today. The rest of Gary Friedrich’s story, featuring the origin of the Cougar, isn’t the best, but the character certainly had potential. The art, by the oft-maligned Frank Springer, is serviceable.

Grade: B

Cool factor: The ending could have taken this book in a really interesting direction.
Not-so-cool factor:  Sadly, there would be no next issue.

Character quotable: “If you’re not entertaining some sweet chick, how about if I fall by!?” – Jeff Rand, ’cause that’s the way they kicked in back in the ’70s

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 4, 2010.

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