(actually, it's easier if you read the first two tales HERE and HERE, then continue...)
Despite the book selling very well, Marvel didn't use WeirdWorld to leap into the mystical fantasy market for another year.
But. when they did, it was with a new art team and a new approach, both in terms of plot and illustration.
Before we continue with the story on Monday, you might want to familiarize yourself with the geography of WeirdWorld, courtesy of co-creator Doug Moench and new art team of John Buscema, Rudy Nebres, and Peter Ledger...
You'll note that Alex Nino is inking this never-reprinted tale from Marvel Premiere #38 (1977), instead of Ploog inking his own pencils.
Ploog had done the pencils for this story shortly after the first tale over a year earlier and when the go-ahead was finally given, he had left Marvel for other projects, so Nino stepped in with one of his few inking assignments over another artist, and did a spectacular job!
...with this never-reprinted tale tucked away in the back of the one-shot Marvel Super Action #1 (1976).
You may note two of the pages are scans of the original art, not the printed book.
Whenever possible, we'll run originals because, quite frankly, some of the printed pages had serious flaws.
The tale, by writer Doug Moench and artist Mike Ploog might have remained simply a one-off, except for the first Lord of the Rings movie.
The animated film (which adapted both Fellowship of the Ring and most of Two Towers) generated an amazing amount of fan interest, resulting in a complete reprinting of JRR Tolkein's entire output, as well as publishers looking to capitalize on the revived interest in mystical fantasy.
Marvel, seeing a potential series in WeirdWorld, offered Moench and Ploog a color try-out, which you'll see tomorrow.
Your house will become Halloween Central when everyone discovers you're giving away these unique items, which kids trade and collect and stick on everyting from jackets to backpacks to sweatshirts to hats!