Shogun Warriors #1
Issue(s): Shogun Warriors #1
I can tell you that when i played with Raydeen, he wasn't just a big vehicle controlled by a bunch of losers selected by some aliens or whatever. He was a big badass robot warrior, and he wasn't controlled by anyone.
I picked this up years (decades?) later because i was curious what these Shogun Warriors were really supposed to be about. I figured with Doug Moench writing, how bad could it be?
Well, pretty bad. I guess for this and Godzilla, Moench was really writing for children, unlike his Master of Kung Fu series. It's basically a story about a couple of pilots (one of whom is an African whose last name is "Savage". Seriously, Doug?)...
...learning to use their alien robot vehicles to fight off some invading giant monsters.
Which wouldn't be a terrible premise, if the writing was better. But i wanted to read about giant badass samurai robots being awesome. So this was going to disappoint me no matter what.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBasque, Charn, Combatra, Danguard Ace, Dr. Tambura, Genji Odashu, Ilongo Savage, Raydeen, Richard Carson, Rok-korr, Sherna
Another of the giant-size Shoguns called Mazinga( I had 7 out of 8 when I was little) had his own comic in Japan which was reprinted/imported in America in the late 1980s.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 17, 2011 9:56 PM
Man, you don't like ANYTHING good!! You bashed the 3D Man, and you bashed the Human Fly, and you bash the Shogun Warriors! These books and characters were all CLASSIC and spoke to me as a kid AND a collector, and these were very IMPORTANT books in the forming of my character and personality and inspired me to create comics and heroes of my own.
Posted by: Andy Kerschenske | March 22, 2013 3:21 PM
FOOM#22 announced the 3 Shogun Warriors as Raydeen, Mazinga, and Dragun. I'm guessing the last two were tied up elsewhere(most likely in contemporary manga).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 14, 2013 7:41 PM
Moench said years later that he was "crucified" for his work on this title and Godzilla.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 6, 2013 4:02 PM
I had Mazinga. He and Dragun were the heavy hitters in the line. For some reason, the stores always had a lot of Raydeens, a smaller number of Mazingas, and very few Draguns -- the Draguns seemed to sell fast (maybe because he was bright red?). I remember the debates as to who would win if Mazinga fought Dragun. Preteens will argue about anything.
Posted by: Todd | September 7, 2013 2:59 AM
"Mazinga" is probably Mazinger Z. He is a classic and a major influence in the whole Mecha genre.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | September 7, 2013 11:43 AM
I'm a big fan of giant robots. In Japan there is a franchise where they put together a bunch of robots from different companies and have them fight their own enemies with some original characters called Super Robot Wars. So think Marvel, DC, 2000 AD, Valient and so on all joining together.
Believe it or not our precious Voltron didn't really do that well in its home country since there were a lot of combining robots at that time. Mazinger Z is considered the grandpa of giant robots with Tetsujin 28/Gigantor being the great grandpa.
Posted by: David Banes | January 13, 2014 2:30 AM
Mazinga was the Shogun Warrior I got. Mazinger Z was eventually released in the US as Tranzor Z (like all anime released in the US prior to the nineties, it must have been heavily bowdlerized). Since I saw the cartoon many years later, it never occurred to me they were actually two different properties. I kept waiting for the other Shogun Warriors to show up in Tranzor Z.
Posted by: Chris | December 5, 2017 4:18 PM
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