Shogun Warriors Marvel Comics



Marvel Comics produced a short-run series of Shogun Warrior comics from February 1979 to September 1980 (those are the comic book dates but recognize that comics usually appear on the stands before the publication dates). It's somehow tied into the Mattel toy line with all new stories and artwork by Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe, respectively. It's an interesting adaption that used three giant robots from the toys and produces a reason for them to exist. Interestingly, Marvel only licensed the robots Combattler (Combatra in the comics and Mattel toys), Dangard Ace and Raydeen. The comics ran for 20 issues and suddenly stopped (speculation was that the licensing ended but it's my belief it was due to sales), apparently completed in Fantastic Four #226 by the giant robot Samurai Destroyer. There was also a Godzilla comic produced concurrently with the Shogun Warrior comic that incorporated a new giant robot called Red Ronin (something from the minds at Marvel though they may have referenced Red Baron or Mach Baron for some of the design ideas). Both Samurai Destroyer and Red Ronin have been produced by collector Tom Hughes as custom jumbo machinders.

Shogun Warriors #1

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 1


Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue1 Intro
February 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Allen Milgrom
"Raydeen!"

Shogun Warriors #2

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 2

March 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Allen Milgrom
"Warriors Three!"

Shogun Warriors #3

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 3

April 1979
Cover by  Allen Milgrom
"Elements of Destruction"
 

Shogun Warriors #4

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 4

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 4 Capabilities

May 1979
Cover by Allen Milgrom
"The Mech-Monster"

Shogun Warriors #5


Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 5
June 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Allen Milgrom
"Into the lair of demons"

Shogun Warriors #6

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 6

July 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"Downfall!" 

Shogun Warriors #7

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 7

August 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"The many heads of Cerberus!"

Shogun Warriors #8

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 8

September 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"Cerberus and Skyfall"  
 

Shogun Warriors #9

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 9

October 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Allen Milgrom
"Starchild"

Shogun Warriors #10

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 10

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 10 Mattel Ad

November 1979
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Allen Milgrom
"Five heads of doom" 

Shogun Warriors #11

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 11

December 1979
Cover by Terry Austin
"The hand of fate"

Shogun Warriors #12

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 12

January 1980
Cover by Walter Simonson
"The moon menace!" 

Shogun Warriors #13

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 13

February 1980
Cover by Walter Simonson
"The Demonicus scheme!"

Shogun Warriors #14

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 14

March 1980
Cover by Allen Milgrom
"Should heroes fail"

Shogun Warriors #15

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 15

April 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe and Bruce Patterson
"The insider!"

Shogun Warriors #16

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 16

May 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"Death of Innocence"

Shogun Warriors #17

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 17

June 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"The Juggernaut!"  

Shogun Warriors #18

Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 18

July 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"The Chaos Wars!"

Shogun Warriors #19


Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 19
August 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"The giant of Manhattan!"

Shogun Warriors #20


Marvel Shogun Warriors Issue 20
September 1980
Cover by Herb Trimpe
"The circle's end"

Fantastic Four #226

FF #226 "The Samurai Destroyer"
January 1981
Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz, Bob McLeod, Gaspar Saladino
"The Samurai Destroyer"

Whitman Product 3-Pack Front

Whitman Product 3-Pack Back
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1 comment:

  1. Fantastic Four #226 was a shameful end to The Shogun Warriors. Very sad.

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