Monday, June 11, 2012

Marvel Spotlight #5 (March 1980)

Title: A Hero Is Also A Man!
Cover: Frank Miller, Bob Wiacek
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
Colorist: Roger Slifer
Letterer: Elaine Heinl
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December  1979
Synopsis: A dragon known as the Wani emerges from the sea in Kwanto, Japan in 1582 and wreaks havoc.  A samurai Tako is summoned before his feudal lord to explain why his 5,000 soldiers have been unsuccessful in defeating the monster. Faced with the option of ritual suicide for his failure and shame, Tako elects to fight the dragon alone. He says farewell to his family and faces the monster, perishing when he detonates a keg of gunpower in the dragon’s face. While Tako drove the monster back to the depths of the sea, it is unclear whether he killed the monster or not, so his family’s shame was not cleansed. His son takes on the mission to avenge his family’s honor and dedicates himself to a lifetime of training in the martial and mystical arts in order to prepare for the ultimate return of the dragon. Flash forward many generations to New York in 1979, Tako’s descendant and namesake learns that a dragon has been sighted at an offshore drilling platform. He incants a spell that summons the Wani and unleashes a magical attack, pitting a mystical creature against the dragon. In the tumult, the Wani crushes Tako’s home, trapping his family in the ruins. In desperation, Tako draws upon the strength of his ancestors dating back 500 years and manages to control the creature, direct him first to save his family and then to return to the depths from which he came.

Source: Kraalo Archives

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