Editor’s note: This review was originally published on Mar. 24, 2009.
MARVEL PREMIERE #41
(Cover by Dave Cockrum and Joe Sinnott)
Published and © by Marvel, Apr. 1978
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“The Dying Sun!”
Synopsis: With humanity’s future hanging in the balance, the crew of the Seeker 3000 rebels against Jason and the Six.
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciler: Tom Sutton
Review: In this issue’s “Bullpen Bulletins,” Marvel all but admits Seeker 3000 is the result of the company’s inability to land the license for a Star Trek comic. Of course, that would change by early 1980, which might explain why this outing would be the last for Captain Jordan Shaw and crew, at least for the Bronze Age. That’s a shame, because writer Doug Moench does a great job setting up a potential long-term series here. This issue is chock-a-block with concepts, mixing and matching popular sci-fi tropes. Tom Sutton turns in some spectacular art, too.
Second opinions: “ ‘Seeker 3000’ is good science fiction by comic books standards …” — Kim Thompson, in The Comics Journal #40, Jun. 1978 … “… immature and scientifically inaccurate.” — The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: The Dave Cockrum cover. Comics Bronze Age loves Dave Cockrum covers!
Notable: First appearance of Seeker 3000.
Character quotable: “You hate me and you despise yourselves. Now we have a chance to do something about it.” — Jordan Shaw, captain of the Seeker 3000