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Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth #34
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May 5th, 2013 by Rusty

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Kamandi The Last Boy On Earth #34 cover

Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth #34

Date: October 1975
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 25¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $22.00
Stats: 18 color pages plus ads and “The Time Capsule” column
Written & Drawn by: Jack Kirby
Other Artists: D. Bruce Berry
Notable Notes: Tiger War!

Tigers and Apes and Boys, oh my!

My older sister picked this comic book up for me about 10 years ago when she purchased a suitcase full of comics at a Las Vegas yard sale. I always thought it looked kind of dumb, and I never really wanted to read it until lately. Having this blog has made me want to experience a wide variety of comic books, so I figured it was time to give this one a try. Plus it was drawn by Jack Kirby – how could I pass that up?

Synopsis:

This was kind of a strange book. Its shortened format of 18 pages was divided into 3 chapters. It begins as Kamandi and his dog-doctor friend have just given a living fireball the body of a human woman! I know what you’re thinking: this could either be totally awesome or loads of trouble! Well, it turns out to be the latter case. Fireball lady (aka Pretty Pyra) isn’t used to her body and falls down. When the dog and his boy try to help she gets offended and runs them off with blast of fire. Sheesh – some thanks! Anyway, the 2 non-fireball-beings decide to borrow Pyra’s ship and help out their Tiger friends who are at sea battling the ape people. They get there just in time to stop the apes’ battering ram ship, but not before Pyra shows up and causes them some grief! Darn fireball woman!

My 2 Cents:

  • There was some good art in this issue. I’m a fan of Kirby’s drawing style (who isn’t?) so I liked it, but it wasn’t quite as awesome as his work on Marvel’s icons.
  • The story was a little bit weird. I had to look up Kamandi on Wikipedia to get a better idea of what was going on, and that helped alot.
  • I must say that scripting wasn’t Kirby’s strong point! There was some cheesy dialogue and cliched ideas that I didn’t find too appealing. Oh well, what are you going to do?

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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