...we learned that the women who would eventually be the mothers of Tragg and his mate-to-be Lorn had been genetically-altered by advanced aliens from Yargon, creating the next step in human evolution beyond Neanderthals!
After witnessing the birth and the first year of Tragg and Lorn's development, the aliens (whom the Neanderthals considered to be "gods") departed, planning to return a couple of decades later to see how the experiment worked out!
But, in the interim, many of the Neanderthals came to blame the departure of the "gods" on the births of Tragg and Lorn, and felt the way to compel the return of those they worshipped was to slay the "strange ones"!
The endangered pair evade their would-be killers and hide in the nearby mountains.
But events far across the universe were about to throw the proverbial monkey wrench into everybody's plans...
Be here next Friday, as we present another chapter!
Bonus: When this tale was reprinted in the series' final issue, six years later, the cover was recomposed and recolored...
Though the flat color design definitely creates a better feeling of depth and separation between the foreground figures of Tragg and Lorn and the background where the Yargonians lurk, the wonderful textures of the original hand-colored version have been lost!
BTW, notice how, from 1976 to 1982, in only six years comics more than doubled in price, from 25¢ to 60¢ for a standard 36-page book!
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