EDITORIALE CORNO, 1978
Se qui da noi la definizione GLI ETERNI evoca irrimediabilmente entità immortali, inalienabili ed incombenti quali Giorgio Napolitano, Silvio Berlusconi, Maurizio Costanzo, Pierferdinando Casini, Corrado Augias e Pippo Baudo, in america invece è una serie supereroistica a fumetti classica ed intramontabile ( ETERNALS in lingua originale ) che deve il suo successo e la sua popolarità non a scandali, processi , rumours di collusioni con mafia e malavita, presunti crimini dal colletto bianco e bustarelle ma solamente e immensamente ai magnifici disegni dell’ indimenticabile re JACK KIRBY
Questa è la favolosa serie gigante Corno che ha fatto conoscere in Italia la superba saga SF-fantasy , e ne è rimasta l’ unica pubblicazione nostrana per decenni, fino al masterwork integrale uscito pochi anni fa e puff ! oggi già disperatamente ed inesorabilmente esaurito
Tra l’ altro la collana ospita anche altro materiale eccellente, ristampato poco o addirittura mai, un po’ per dimenticanza, un po’ per pigrizia, un po’ per ignoranza , un po’ per accidia, un po’ per impedimenti oggettivi : MACHINE-MAN , NOVA , 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY , OMEGA , GUARDIANS OF GALAXY , LUNAR alias MOON KNIGHT alias IL CAVALIERE DELLA LUNA, CYBERNUS / DEATHLOK the demolisher , 3-D MAN, e c’è persino un episodio di X-Men di Claremont & Byrne sull’ ultimo numero, il 29.
in questo albo : continuano le saghe degli ETERNI, NOVA e OMEGA ed inizia la pubblicazione della espansione seriale di 2001 ODISSEA NELLO SPAZIO ad opera di Jack Kirby che segue a ruota la graphic novel della Treasury Edition in formato gigante con il suo personalissimo adattamento a fumetti del film di Stanley Kubrick ispirato a sua volta al romanzo di Arthur C. Clarke (quella di questa collana resta a tutt’oggi l’unica edizione italiana mai prodotta , infatti la miniserie non è tuttora ristampabile per il drastico ed inflessibile veto della casa di produzione cinematografica MGM detentrice dei diritti che non ha mai gradito questa stupenda versione considerandola invece una interpretazione arbitraria ed incoerente, poco aderente e troppo divergente dai canoni concettuali fondamentali e dai cardini di senso assiomatici dell’ opera originale, se non addirittura lesiva nei confronti della leggendaria pellicola)
condizioni : buonissime, l’ albo NON è di busta, NO adesivi
a disposizione moltissimi numeri delle altre serie Corno, Star e Marvel, sono gradite le mancoliste.
“The Devil in New York!” / I DEMONI DEL CIELO
- South America
- North America
- Shock Howitzer
- Torment Machine
- Deviant Hovership
Arishem takes his place upon the ceremonial pylon where he will stand in judgment over humanity over the next fifty years. The temple of the God Chamber starts to quake and the other celestial minions begin sealing it off. Doctor Damian, refusing to let such historical treasures to be lost forever, elects to stay behind. Margo refuses to leave her father behind, but Ikaris doesn’t give her much of a choice. He grabs Margo and races back to their aircraft.
Kro meanwhile, returns to the kingdom of the Deviants where he suffers immense torture at the hands of Deviant leader Brother Tode.
Kro is punished for his failure to prevent Ikaris from activating the Cosmic Beacon that summoned the Celestials. Afterwards, Kro tries to get back into Tode’s good graces by outlining a new course of action. He wants to manipulate Earth’s human populace into becoming the Deviants’ foot soldiers. To do so however, he needs to instill them with great fear. He takes on the image of the Devil and leads a massive assault against the American city of Manhattan.
Ikaris brings Margo back to the United States. He knows that she is still shaken for leaving her father behind.
He takes her to the penthouse apartment of another Eternal, Sersy.
He asks Sersy to care for Margo while he goes off to battle the Deviants.
As he flies off, Kro’s Deviant armies ravage Manhattan, setting the entire city ablaze. Terrified humans look up into the sky and see the face of “the Devil” staring down upon them.
- This issue establishes that Kro is the reason why so many Anglican cultures perceive the Devil as a red-skinned horned demons.
- Sersi’s name is spelled “Sersy” in this issue.
“Beast Killer” / L’ UCCISORE DI BELVE !
- Tentacle monster
- Mason (Only appearance; dies)
The issue starts in the distant past where the monolith instructs a hunter on how to craft a spear and then shifts to the future where two astronauts discover an alien ruin.
One of the astronauts is killed by a creature, but the other, Woodrow Decker, is transported into a pastoral countryside by the monolith.
Here he rapidly ages until he dies and is converted by the monolith into an embryo-type creature referred to as a ‘new seed’ to explore the galaxy.
- This comic book series continues from the storyline presented in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The story was originally written by science fiction author, Arthur C. Clarke. Space Odyssey comics was canonized by issues featuring Machine Man.
- This issue loosely retells the plot of the film 2001, but with new characters and slightly different scenarios.
“The First Night of… the Condor!” / LA PRIMA NOTTE DEL CONDOR !
Nova notices a bank robbery taking place, so he smashes in through a window and attacks the gunmen. Unsure whether he is bulletproof or not, he dodges their gunfire and knocks them over. The police run in to find their job done for them. The police seem fairly pleased, but all the banker can do is complain about the broken window. Nova shoots off before anyone can stop him. As he disappears he is noticed by The Condor and he decides to use Nova in his plans. Nova reaches his home. There he reminisces about how he got his powers and he hears his brother approaching his room. Rich quickly changes out his Nova costume just in time as Robert comes walking in. Rich’s mother Gloria leaves to go to work. Robert shows Rich his new invention: the Weather-Caster. It isn’t perfected yet but it seems Robert is a very smart individual.
Chapter 2: On the Wings of a Bird…
The scene changes to Long Island, where the Condor is flying back to his base while thinking about his plans. He mentions that the only person who can stop his plans is a man unknown to the reader at this point. As he arrives at his base he notices Powerhouse, his partner, is missing. He travels to where he found him last time, and pushes him off the edge of a cliff. Powerhouse panics and Condor saves him. That should teach Powerhouse not to disobey the Condor again. They return to the base. Powerhouse unwillingly dresses in his costume. Powerhouse doesn’t want to follow Condor but owes him his life after the Condor had saved him from a ship after he’d drained the energy of everyone on board. Powerhouse doesn’t remember any of this however. The Condor shows Powerhouse a photo of Nova, as he could be a problem in the future. They leave for the city, on their next mission. The scene switches to the lunchroom of Harry S. Truman High School, where Rich, Ginger, Bernie and ‘Caps’ are waiting in the lunch queue. Mike and Donna-Lee barge past them. Ginger confronts them about queue-jumping, but Rich asks her to leave them alone. Mike then mentions that Ginger has more guts than Rich. Outside the window they see The Condor, and Rich rushes to get privacy to change into his Nova costume, while knocking Mike’s food all over him.
Chapter 3: The Power and the Fury!!
Nova follows The Condor, which is exactly what he wants him to do. Condor easily dodges Nova’s attacks, sending Nova flying into trashcans and buildings. Nova needs more practice. Powerhouse then attacks Nova, landing 2 punches before grabbing onto him. He then starts to sap Nova’s powers but he struggles and breaks free. The police intervene and so The Condor and Powerhouse escape after throwing Nova through a window. The next day, Rich smells burning in his house and finds Robert was working on his invention and he has caught fire. It is soon extinguished but it gives Rich an idea. Meanwhile, The Condor and Powerhouse break into a museum and head to the Egyptology department. Nova notices them entering and follows. The Condor and Powerhouse find a mummy; the same mummy that their unknown enemy wants, and Nova flies in. The Condor orders Powerhouse to attack, and is hit for hesitating. Powerhouse attacks Nova with a succession of punches, knocking him into the mummy’s sarcophagus, destroying it. This also destroys any clues that could have been used to defeat their unknown enemy. Again, Powerhouse is hurt by The Condor, who then flees. Powerhouse then tries to defeat Nova to prove he’s not useless. Nova then uses his plan, throwing a fire extinguisher at him, which Powerhouse crushes, releasing the carbon dioxide gas, finally smothering his energy and knocking him out.
“Omega the Unknown” / OMEGA LO SCONOSCIUTO (2a parte)
- Protar humanoid
Continued from last issue…
James-Michael had closed himself off to Nurse Ruth Hart’s attempts to talk to him, but upon meeting her more personable and clever room-mate Amber, he starts to open up.
That night, as James-Michael is about to go to sleep, one of the androids from his dreams crashes through the window and identifies the boy as a smaller version of the target he intends to kill.
Before the android can carry out the assassination, the caped man from James-Michael’s dreams arrives to fight it off. At a critical moment, James-Michael blasts the android with energy from his hands, just as the caped man did in his dream.
Smiling, the caped man leaves with the broken android. Dr.Barrow finally arrives in the demolished room and notices that the burns left on James-Michael’s hands are in the shape of the Greek letter Omega.
“Welcome To Hell’s Kitchen!” / LA PENTOLA DEL DIAVOLO (1a parte)
- Barrow Clinic
- Hell’s Kitchen
- Ruth and Amber’s apartment – 431 44th St.
Barrow believes the destruction of James-Michael’s room and the brands on his palms to be inflicted by James-Michael in a delusional rage, a new facet of his abnormal mental state that the doctor is determined to study.
Meanwhile, Electro had witnessed some of the battle between the Unknown and the android and attacks the alien, stealing the android’s remains for his own purposes.
The next day, Amber and Ruth move James-Michael into their apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, giving him a crash course on the local squalor and depravity.
Continued to next issue…