A pack of Soviet villains, plus a very-goofy-looking bad guy called The Griffin, have captured the Black Widow and buried the rest of the Champions in a windowless vault deep inside the San Andreas fault. The bad guys sneer that trying to break out of the vault will trigger an earthquake that will destroy Los Angeles, which doesn’t seem to bother Hercules at all, who promptly goes berserk (go Herc!)
While Ghost Rider and the rest of the Champions try to roll Hercules in a wet mattress, the Soviet bad guys go on a big exposition dump about the truth of the Crimson Dynamo’s origins. He’s got some father issues … and because the flashbacks are all set in the Soviet Union, there’s a lot of swearing by Lenin’s beard and railing against Capitalism. Bill Mantlo is as reliable a writer as Marvel ever had, but this script … yeesh. The Champions escape — through no effort of their own — then they punch it out with the bad guys and its over. Ladies and gentlemen — The Champions!
- Script: Bill Mantlo
- Pencils: Bob Hall
- Inks: Frank Giacoia
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Posted on July 16, 2018, in Marvel 1977 and tagged Bill Mantlo, Bob Hall, Champions, Frank Giacoia. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
I love this series in theory, but in practice…I suspect that the creators brought their “C” game to this series. Still, I’ve got my Marvel Masterworks volumes and I’ll get around to re-reading them at some point.
Come for the random team composition, stay for the John Byrne issues at the end.
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It looks like the best part of this comic was the sweet Cockrum cover
Often the case.
I hope at some point you will discuss Champions #14, because Nazi Killer Bees 😛
If Marvel has it filed under a 1977 publication date then I will get there … someday. But, yeah, hard to beat Nazi killer bees.
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Last year, I bought the whole run on eBay… Out of pure nostalgia because the series is just like I remembered, mildly entertaining and going nowhere. At that time, I just couldn’t resist revisiting half the old X-Men and the weird flaming skull on bicycle! Ho, and I liked the new art guy, Byrne.
Incidentally, France is the Word Champion for the second time!