Shogun Warriors #12-14
Issue(s): Shogun Warriors #12, Shogun Warriors #13, Shogun Warriors #14
Prior to these issues, the Shoguns had separated and were having solo adventures. And in each story, they were attacked by a new creature. In these issues, the Followers of the Light organization that the Shoguns report to call them back so they can go stop a giant meteor that is hurtling towards Earth.
And while they are in space, they notice a giant space station hiding behind the moon.
It's Doctor Demonicus' station.
He's in space because he wants to create some new monsters using cosmic radiation. The Friends Of Light do some research and find that he had previously created a series of monsters that were slain "by a rather extraordinary agent". Yeah: Agent Godzilla! It's interesting that Marvel didn't seem to be allowed to use the Godzilla's name, even in the Shogun Warriors comic, especially since the Shogun Warriors toy line included a Godzilla and a Rodan. We also see that Demonicus has created some new monsters, with radioactive fire breath.
But those guys are nothing compared to the mind-blowing psychedelia of the guys that Demonicus sent out against the Shoguns previously.
The Shogun Warriors initially get whooped.
But they get their head in the game after a pep talk from the Friends Of Light.
Ultimately they bring Demonicus' giant space station back to Earth and deliver it to SHIELD. Gabe Jones notes the similarities between the Shogun Warriors and Red Ronin.
I loved this sequence. Like, dude! I'm monologuing here!
I often say these comics are just for kids and that's why they're simple and silly, but in that case i wonder about the implied sexy sexy business in this panel with the Raydeen pilot Richard and his girlfriend Deena.
Deena, by the way, is not happy about the idea of the Combatra pilot Genji sleeping over for a while.
Herb Trimpe's giant monsters and robots are very cool, but everything else, art and storywise, is very stiff.
I still love Raydeen, though.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBasque, Cerberus (Demonicus creature), Charn, Combatra, Danguard Ace, Deena James, Doctor Demonicus, Dr. Tambura, Dum Dum Dugan LMD, Gabriel Jones, Genji Odashu, Hand of Five, Ilongo Savage, Judith Johns, Raydeen, Richard Carson, Sherna, Starchild (Demonicus creature)
Demonicus has a silent partner in these issues. It's eventually revealed to be Maur-Konn in issue 20 but the Marvel Appendix doesn't think that was the original intention:
Posted by: Michael | June 30, 2013 4:33 PM
Technically, aren't all comics just for kids?
Posted by: A.Lloyd | November 11, 2014 9:41 PM
Well, i wouldn't agree with that, and i don't think Stan Lee would have either, since he deliberately started targeting older (at least college aged) readers. Certainly "mature" and many indie comics deliberately target adults. But in any event, these Shogun Warrior books seem to have been specifically targeting a younger demographic than Marvel's typical book.
Posted by: fnord12 | November 11, 2014 10:06 PM
I forgot to add a :) to my comment.
I know what you mean. Shogun Warriors is in the mold of GI Joe, Transformers or Power Pack.
Posted by: A.Lloyd | November 11, 2014 11:02 PM
Max Allan Collins in Amazing Heroes#119 said he did not think so. He encouraged people to try conventional thrillers in comic books without long underwear and capes.
Collins also notes the influence of the Shadow, Zorro, the Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger (all properties started in radio and/or pulp prose magazines, and none of whom wear long underwear) on his work, particularly Wild Dog. Oddly, in other media in recent years, none of the films based on these properties has grossed $100 million domestically.
Posted by: PB210 | November 12, 2014 7:53 PM
Poor A. Lloyd was just making a joke and we're all jumping down his throat. You struck a nerve, A. Lloyd! ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | November 12, 2014 9:49 PM
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