DC; June 1975
Cover by Jack Kirby
Synopsis: An alien tries to add Kamandi and Ben Boxer to its collection of Earth things – with explosive results!
Writer: Jack Kirby
Inker: D. Bruce Berry
Review: Kamandi and Ben Boxer are abducted by an alien collector in another installment of Jack “King” Kirby’s signature post-apocalyptic adventure. Like many issues of Kamandi, this one falls apart if you think about it too much; logic leaps and timely coincidences are frequent guest stars in Kirby’s stories. But the King’s scripts are as big and sweeping as his art, giving them a mythological feel. Yes, they’re short on reality, but, dang, they’re a lot of fun.
Cool factor: If you have to ask, you probably don’t get the appeal of the King’s ’70s work.
Notable: Future Marvel editor Ralph Macchio was one of several fans complaining on “The Time Capsule” letters page about a then-recent price hike of a nickel.
Character quotable: “He’s energy! Living … cohesive energy! The ultimate life form!” – Ben Boxer, Kamandi’s mutant freind.
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