Logan's Run #6 (Thanos)
Issue(s): Logan's Run #6 (Thanos/Drax story only)
In case there's anyone out there that still doesn't know, Logan's Run isn't about that Logan, but it is a cool sci fi movie so you should check it out. I've never seen the comic adaption but i see it mostly has George Perez art. But in any event this entry is only covering a 5 page Thanos and Drax story that somehow got inserted into the back of issue #6.
Of interest (besides Thanos vs. Drax!) is i think Mike Zeck's earliest art at Marvel.
Thanos has landed on an unnamed planet and fought his way through a group of "priest-kings" to get their final flower, a religious artifact. But Drax the Destroyer has tracked Thanos down.
During the fight, Thanos is about to trample when one of the priests attacks Thanos to stop him. Thanos tosses her and her daughter off a cliff...
...forcing Drax to choose between saving them and finishing his fight with the man he was created to destroy. Surprisingly, he chooses the former.
Drax's decision is based on his pre-Drax memories of his family being killed by Thanos. The flashback calls him "Art Sampson", but his (and Moondragon's) last name is really Douglas.
Thanos successfully crushes the flower before leaving, and the priest tells Drax that he should have let her die and killed Thanos instead.
Definitely a little trite, but it's just a 5 page space filler, and Zeck's art is looking nice. It does serve as a demonstration that there were conflicts between Drax and Thanos at this time (see the Considerations section), since Drax was left out of Starlin's Warlock storyline.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this right after Drax the Destroyer's first appearance in Iron Man #55 (Feb 73). But considering the involvement of Scott Edelman, the concurrent writer of Captain Marvel's book, i have to think this was meant to take place relatively near to publication date (allowing for the fact that this was probably something of an inventory piece / Mike Zeck try-out). And it works pretty well if you assume that Drax appears here some time after Fawn puts the location of Thanos in Drax's head in Captain Marvel #44, but before Thanos is killed in Avengers annual #7. So i have Drax tracking down Thanos, confronting him here, and then losing him and taking out his frustration on Gamora in Warlock #15.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Free Comic Book Day 2013 (Infinity)
I was 6 when the Logan's Run film came out and have a nostalgic feeling for it, but longtime SF fans and fans of the original 1967 novel utterly loathed it. The comic adaptation is actually much more coherent than the movie.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 2, 2013 5:30 PM
The only thing I remember from the movie is Peter Ustinov living in the capital with a bunch of cats. Oh and Farah Fawcett circa the start of Charlie's Angels.
Posted by: Ataru320 | June 2, 2013 7:30 PM
Zeck confirmed in Comics Interview #72 that this was his first color work for Marvel; it was drawn in 1976 as a try-out with no plans for publication.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 24, 2015 6:06 PM
I actually liked this series, especially the early Perez art. I'm a fan of the movie, though. I think if you haven't seen the movie the comics would be a lot less appealing. This Thanos story is an oddity since it's the only backup in any of the issues and it has nothing to do with Logan's Run that I can tell. I got the impression that the series was only intended to be five issues (the first five issues cover the movie's plot IIRC) but they decided to try and keep it going even though they had no clue where to go from there. Then it was cancelled two issues later.
Posted by: Robert | March 28, 2016 2:11 PM
What an odd comic to place this story in! The least they could have done is put this story in an annual, or as an Avengers back-up story; somewhere it could be in a canon title.
Posted by: Bill | March 28, 2016 10:31 PM
I wonder if this is some salvaged leftovers from Edelman's Captain Marvel run? Maybe if he lasted longer on the title he would've tried to do a Thanos story? It certainly feels like the obvious thing to do with a failing book without a good direction. Do what worked again. He'd already brought Nitro back, so I wonder if Thanos was that far behind.
Posted by: AF | May 2, 2016 1:15 PM
Love the bit about staring at the Mile High ad. Same! Same problem too: no money. Once in a while I'd get some birthday money and send off and wait for what seemed like forever.
Posted by: william harrison | February 2, 2017 10:38 PM
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