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Review: Planet of Vampires #2

Astronaut Chris Galland and crew convince savage tribes of post-apocalyptic humans to unite against the “blood-sucking dome dwellers.” Not original and poorly scripted, this Atlas (Seaboard) comic from John Albano, Pat Broderick and Frank McLaughlin is still a lot of fun.

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Review: Marvel Feature #1

Red Sonja investigates an ancient temple within the Darkwood and soon finds herself battling an “unhuman horde.” The lead feature by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano is good, but the reprint backup – featuring art by Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chan – is the real treat.

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Review: Skateman #1

A Vietnam veteran turned washed-out roller-derby star is inspired by his girlfriend’s murder to become Skateman. Neal Adams’ creator-owned hero anchors what might be the most shockingly bad comic book of the Bronze Age.

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Review: Ironjaw #2

Ironjaw saves a wench, becomes a sword for hire, threatens to rape his own sister, then becomes king. Whew. A surprisingly misogynistic outing – even for the ’70s – from the team of Michael Fleisher and Pablos Marcos.

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Review: Ironjaw #1

Ironjaw saves a wench – to use for his own “companionship” – but the duo falls prey to betrayal and royal intrigue. Despite its preponderance of barbarian clichés and over-the-top sexist dialogue, this relic of the ’70s is still strangely enjoyable. Michael Fleisher, Mike Sekowsky and Jack Abel are to blame.

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Review: Ms. Mystic #1

The Science Investigation Agency accidentally opens an interdimensional rift, gaining a powerful ally who can help them protect the environment. Neal Adams’ ham-handed environmental message mars a dynamic return to interior pencil work.

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