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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Warlord 35 - playing with Travis Morgan

Warlord 35 (July 1980) is the oddest issue of the book so far.

Machiste, Mariah Romanova and Mongo Ironhand do actually appear in this issue, despite what I said in the previous blog entry. Grell and Colletta open this story by recapping the end of last issue, as Travis Morgan vanishes from Wizard World.

But he doesn't end up back in Skartaris. Instead, he winds up in an average, normal apartment. It's a credit to this book that this blase locale comes off looking so strange.

And strangeness abounds, as Morgan gets attacked by all sorts of people, starting with an Amazon type warrior named Agnes. His enemies just appear and disappear with little logic, it seems. At the same time, we become more and more aware of two shadowy figures, who are shown manipulating figures that correspond to Morgan's foes, and rolling dice.

By the time Morgan has to fight Tweedledum and Tweedledee it is apparent he is just a pawn in a larger game.

But the game is not chess. It's a variation of Dungeons and Dragons, being played by men who are loosely Mike Grell and Jack C Harris, while a Joe Orlando type editor barks at them to get back to work.

So as the tale ends Morgan gets transported back to Skartaris, to a relieved Shakira, who wondered if Morgan would ever come back.

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