Mister Miracle #21. December 1977.

Behold, the Bronze Age!

bronze-age

Cover: Marshall Rogers, Managing Editor: Joe Orlando

“Command Performance!”

Writer: Steve Englehart, Penciler: Marshall Rogers, Inker: Vince Colletta

A blurb on the splash page announces this is the creative team from Detective Comics.

Colorist: Liz Berube, Letterer: Ben Oda, Editor: Larry Hama

From DC Wikia:

Granny Goodness has conditioned Big Barda to believe she will die unless they are together. To free her from this spell, Mr. Miracle goes to Apokolips to challenge Darkseid. At the Terrorium, Mr. Miracle must escape from the greatest deathtrap of all–the Necro-File!

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A return to Apokolips brings back the fantastic storyline and art you expect from this team. Although in these later days it is odd seeing Darkseid NOT be as big as a wall – in some panels he seems almost thin.  The plot and dialogue is Kirby-esque in its strange exositions: “We must serve Darkseid!” Rogers’ art shows action as well as Kirby but in a different way – more menacing and less Wagnerian. The Necro-files swirling blades looked genuinely lethal!

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About the author: Michael Curry is the author of the Brave & Bold: From Silent Knight to Dark Knight, The Day John F Kennedy Met the Beatles and the award-winning Abby’s Road, the Long and Winding Road to Adoption and How Facebook, Aquaman and Theodore Roosevelt Helped.  Check his website for more releases! Thanks for reading!

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