Marvel Chillers #1
Issue(s): Marvel Chillers #1
The plot has to do with a pair of archeologists (although they are very young, almost child-like)...
...discovering a medieval wizard who has been in suspended animation under a mountain since he dared to learn the secret of the book of Darkhold and the Chthulu-esque demon Ch'thon.
The wizard, Modred, had a grudge against Merlin, and that's what pushed him to try to use the Darkhold (and despite what's said about Merlin, it's Modred who doesn't come off looking so good in these scenes).
The art is very "Prince Valiant" and the word count per panel is overwhelming.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
No matter how relaxed you are, the brief Modred series will make your head hurt just by looking at it; something I can only say about a few Bronze Age comics.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 20, 2011 11:47 PM
Len Wein later stated that he was the one who brought Mantlo into writing; before that he was employed by Marvel strictly as a colorist.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 15, 2012 5:49 PM
Marie Severin's original Modred design was published in FOOM #11; he was much skinnier and wimpier looking with a more simplistic costume.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 4, 2013 5:43 PM
It was revealed later(or maybe in just some fanzine articles?) that the "Merlin" referred to here--and in MTIO#33--was the Maha Yogi/Warlock.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 11, 2013 3:40 PM
fnord, you say first Book of Darkhold, but didn't you already say the Darkhold first appeared in http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/marvel_spotlight_3.shtml ?
Posted by: Andrew | December 27, 2016 7:48 PM
Yes, thanks Andrew. At the time i wasn't aware that the Darkhold first appeared in WWBN.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 13, 2017 8:47 AM
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