MARVEL PREMIERE #28 THE LEGION OF MONSTERS

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“There’s a Mountain on Sunset Boulevard!”
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Frank Robbins

It starts off as a typical day in Los Angeles when suddenly an earthquake strikes. The next thing you know a mountain is standing smack dab in the middle of Sunset Boulevard. The mountain draws four monsters to it. The Ghost Rider, Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night and the Man-Thing. The monsters come face to face with The Starseed, a being that shimmers with a golden glow on a steed. He claims to be from thousands of years in the past. Aliens picked up the mountain and took it into space. The people on the mountain were able to rebel and use the aliens technology to return home. The Starseed is the only survivor.

The monsters are of course a bit rambunctious and start fighting among themselves and the Starseed. The Starseed is mortally wounded. He shows them that he had the power to cure the monsters and return them to normal humans. But he’s dying and the monsters are still cursed being monsters. The monsters leave the mountain dejected that they must continue their lives as monsters.

Marvel Premiere was a title that would sort of test out possible series ideas. The Legion of Monsters took four minor known characters in the Marvel universe and teamed them up. It was a fascinating idea and the story was full of genuine pathos and tragedy. But I couldn’t see this being a continuing series and apparently no one else could either. So we have a interesting stand alone story with some cool monsters and a compelling story.