POWER COMICS

TITLE: VIKON [MAGAZINE] (1982)
PUBLISHER: PLATINUM CANYON PUBLICATION
ART BY: KEN LANDGRAF, CHARACTER DESIGN: KEVIN JOHNSON, LYRICS BY: MIKE APPEL

Drawn with great authority by ’80s independent titan Ken Landgraf (New York City Outlaws, Starfighters), this intergalactic, dimension crossing tale is a full-blown heavy metal concept comic-opera with mostly all its dialog presented in lyric form. One should have the melodies of Manowar or the mighty Candlemass in mind while reading for maximum results. By order of King Kronos, four elite commandos sheathed in leather and spikes must seize the xenon arc death-ray and a stolen crystal-powered chariot from the Dark Prince Belial. -EH

TITLE: NEW YORK CITY OUTLAWS
ISSUE: #2
YEAR: 1985
PUBLISHER: OUTLAW COMICS
CREATOR: STEVE KAPELONIS, PENCILER & INKER: KEN LANDGRAF, WRITER: ROBERT HUSZAR
2-COLOR
COVER 4.5/5
ART 5/5
STORY 5/5
BUY: $1.50 VG
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A book-length story following the Outlaws as they strengthen their alliances while destroying wrongdoers. Much focus on mohawked black vigilante Thunderclap Jones and his wrathful hatred of nemesis Shark. This is the first and final NYCO issue to incorporate two-color printing, released in black, white and red. Thus, more blood in the combat segments, and also when a man walking a poodle gets crushed by a falling desk. 3-page back up comic about real life rock group Battalion, billed here as “New York’s No. 1 Heavy Metal Band!!! For booking, call Charlie: 982-3538.” -ZC

TITLE: STARFIGHTERS
ISSUE: #2
YEAR: 1982
PUBLISHER: LANDGRAPHICS PUBLICATIONS
PENCILER: KEN LANDGRAF, INKER: ARMANDO GIL, LETTERER: MIKE GUSTOVICH
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4/5
STORY 4/5
BUY: $6.40 FINE
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An omnibus comic. Story one is about a group of space travelers who crash land into a seemingly bizarre fantasy world but they soon realize its hell on Earth as the diabolical powers of one man set to destroy everything. Story two is an Axe McCord adventure (a character seen in the New York City Outlaw series), who together with his metal band and laser-powered guitar battle Captain Feedback. -EH

TITLE: NEW YORK CITY OUTLAWS
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1984
PUBLISHER: OUTLAW COMICS
CREATED BY: STEVE KAPELONIS, ART BY: KEN LANDGRAF, STORY BY: BOB HUSZAR
B/W
COVER 4/5
ART 4.5/5
STORY 4.5/5
BUY: $1.50 VG
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Racial stereotype brutes from all corners of the five borrows unite to form The New York City Outlaws. Together they fight the SCUM of the streets and protect their home turf. Absolutely one of the best private press action comics of all time and sadly only four issues in all. Also contains the companion heavy metaloid punker story Axe McCord. -EH