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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Theme created using a sample of 'Shotgun' by Duran Duran.

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

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