Jungle Action #10
Issue(s): Jungle Action #10
Despite the changes in artists, the style remains fairly consistent (and good) leading me to believe that Klaus Janson was really the driving force in the art.
Descriptions in the letters pages also indicate that Don McGregor was much more explicit about the look of the book than is typical of writers in the Marvel style.
This issue features a rematch with Baron Macabre, and a confrontation with Macabre's mutated boss, King Cadaver, who has strange mind-control powers.
Panther resists the mind-control and then discovers that Killmonger has been raiding Wakanda's weapon's depot to arm his troops.
I'm not sure if the over-the-top super-villain names are a concession to the sales climate or a deliberate send-up of some kind, but the story is a lot more serious than the silly sounding names may imply. According to Sean Howe in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, McGregor was reportedly pressured to include more white characters and especially guest stars due to the low sales on the book. McGregor was able to resist due to the fact that he had a staff position and he and Steve Gerber had an arrangement where they wouldn't actually "proof-read" (this was before there were formal editors on staff) each others books.
Quality Rating: A-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
This issue also contains Jack Kirby's original "Coal Tiger" design for the Black Panther.
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