Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shanna Showcase 13: Marvel Comics Presents #s 70-73 (Feb.-Mar. 1991)

Some pretty horrific imagery in this episode of Shanna Showcase, courtesy of Gerard Jones & Paul Gulacy.  Ants crawling all over faces and barbecued reporter were plot points in chapters 3-6 of a 10-part Shanna The She-Devil serial running through Marvel Comics Presents 25 years ago.

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Shanna's organic alarm system

Shanna holds her own, Akulia chokes a chicken & Vincent Price makes a call

What turns her on?

My skin crawls just looking at this image

What could possibly go with barbecued reporter? Animal blood, of course

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Shanna Showcase 12: Ka-Zar: Guns of the Savage Land (1990) & Marvel Comics Presents #s 68-69 (1991)

In this episode of Shanna Showcase, I'll be having a very brief look at the She-Devil's appearance in the graphic novel, Ka-Zar: Guns of the Savage Land. Then, I'll be recapping the 1st two chapters of a Shanna solo serial running through the anthology title, Marvel Comics Presents! This is a really great Shanna story that deserves another look, and I'm happy to oblige!

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A difficult scene to read - Shanna eventually gets through to the big lunk
He's bull-something

You can almost hear the John Williams score
Pair of rhinos gorgeously illustrated by Gulacy & Martin
Another zoo killing - another call to adventure
Sir Guy's juju
Shanna stalks her prey - uncharacteristically, with a gun

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reboot Review 10: Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #6 (1995) & Showcase '95 #6 (June 1995)

In this episode of Reboot Review, I'll be taking a look at LSH Annual #6, a kind of stock-taking issue which shines the spotlight on two of the newer Legionnaires, XS & Kinetix, and long-time member, Leviathan.

Also, a couple of short stories are dusted off, from the anthology title, Showcase '95.  Have a listen by downloading this episode HERE & take a look at some images from these issues below.

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Is that a Micronaut above Imra's head?
Can Do No Wrong (pt. 1): Stuart Immonen
I think this the big reveal of Jenni's lineage
Keep your mind on the test tubes, Brainy
If I wasn't told any differently, I would have guessed this was drawn by Joe Staton

Can Do No Wrong (pt. 2): Alan Davis

Double page HQ spread

Can Do No Wrong (pt. 3): Colleen Doran

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sheena Showcase: Marvel Comics Super Special #34 (Oct. 1984)

This time out, I'd like to take a look at Marvel Comics Super Special #34, which was a comic adaptation of the universally panned movie, Sheena.

While the film probably deserves its horrible reputation, the comic is a fairly entertaining adventure, in great part due to the fantastic creative team - writer Cary Burkett & artist Gray Morrow.  I respect both of these talents, and they turn out some pretty decent work, considering the material.

Take a listen to an issue recap, and my thoughts HERE.  Please check out previous episodes of I'm the Gun on iTunes, and leave comments on the movie Sheena, or Marvel Comics film adaptations below.  You can also email me at - I'd love to hear what you have to say re: movie bombs, Cary Burkett, Gray Morrow or whatever.

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Sheena learns to communicate telepathically w/ animals & shoot an accurate arrow in this training montage

The king - shot from behind

Sheena introduces herself . . .

. . . and then says goodbye.  Interesting choice by Cary Burkett to change Sheena's last words to Vic from 'I love you' to 'You are my man.'

They're riding a zebra, okay?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reboot Review 9: Legion of Super-Heroes #69 & Legionnaires #26 (June 1995)

Please join me for I'm the Gun's Reboot Review recaps LSH books cover dated June 1995.  This time out, the Legion faces one of their toughest foes (not kidding) the Composite Man, plus the return of Leland McCauley's WorkForce!

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Cham as a backpack

Composite Man does his best Margaret Hamilton

Saturn Girl led away to the psych ward

Titanian mind trick

Just what we need a reminder of Booster Gold's awful tin can look

The missing Andromeda turns up

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Shanna Showcase 11: Ka-Zar the Savage (1981) & Marvel Comics Presents #13 (Feb. 1989)

It's been a while since I've touched on the adventures of Marvel's greatest jungle queen, Shanna the She-Devil - in in real-time publishing she'd gone more than a decade between bona fide solo adventures, but the short story in Marvel Comics Presents #13 is a good one and totally worth the wait!

Before getting to that Bruce Jones joint, I'll acknowledge the series Ka-Zar the Savage which was Shanna's home for a few years.  There she enjoyed several adventures with Ka-Zar and everyone's favorite sabre-toothed tiger, Zabu.  Most of these stories were written by Bruce Jones, and featured some great art by the likes of Brent Anderson, Ron Frenz & Armando Gil.  Ka-Zar the Savage was one of Marvel's Direct Market books, meaning it was sold directly through comics shop or mail order.  Direct titles could skirt the Comics Code a bit, and part of their package was a wraparound cover - Ka-Zar had several awesome wraparounds, a couple of which I'll reproduce below.

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She's not crazy - she's Shanna

Bruce Jones - equally excellent drawings of people & animals

Creative use of a rifle

Cruel sense of humor extracts a confession

Ron Frenz & Armando Gil

Armando Gil

Armando Gil