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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
In honor of the Black Panther news, I’m presenting a cool Daredevil Annual, King-Size Annual #4, guest-starring Black Panther AND Namor! Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont (plot and script, respectively), George Tuska and Frank Chiaramonte (pencils and inks, respectively) were the creative team!
The concept of the comic is simple, although seemingly a bit complex – a man named Robert Mallory is building a tidal power station that can harness the power of deep sea currents. This idea is a very valuable one and some bad guys want it from Mallory, so they kidnap his son. Mallory was in the midst of offering a deal to Black Panther to use some vibranium in the powering of the station when Mallory received the news. Panther, being a good guy and all, agrees to help Mallory rescue his son. Meanwhile, the Sub-Mariner heard the news about Mallory’s station and he wants to let Mallory know that messing with the oceans is a bad idea. Daredevil sees Namor pouting about he is going to teach Mallory a lesson, and, being a good guy, Daredevil can’t help but get involved protecting Mallory.
So Namor wants to hurt Mallory, Daredevil wants to protect Mallory while Black Panther is helping Mallory against some other bad guys who kidnapped Mallory’s kid.
Okay, now feast your eyes on some amazing pages from the late, great George Tuska…
Later, when the bad guys capture Black Panther…
Still later, when Panther escapes and he and DD team-up…
I won’t spoil what happens next (although it involves a brand-new super-villain and a fight between allies), but you should be able to pick this puppy up fairly cheap on the back issue market. There’s a copy on eBay up for bid that’s currently just a buck with less than 11 hours left to go! Go get it!
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