Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Adventures into Fear #22

Dawn over Los Angeles! Morbius the living vampire is in the clutches of Balkator- a cat creature summoned via mystic forces- and things look grim! The mad cultist who summoned the cat creature has commanded it to kill Morbius- but before it can do so, it receives another command- from a higher power that it must obey. And so Balkatar disappears with  a captive Morbius- taking him to the realm of the cat people, where the cat king has his own plans for our hapless vampire. And given that this is 70's Marvel I'm getting definite Cat People vibes here. 

The cat king wants Morbius to be a form of population control for his kingdom- after all, the population has exploded, and since the cats have eliminated violence in their society, they need someone from the outside- someone like Morbius- to deal with their overpopulation. I sometimes wonder what the writers at Marvel were smoking in the 70's. Anyway, Morbius balks at this and seeks to flee, but his bloodlust soon overtakes him and he kills a cat woman. This pisses off some of her fellow cat people and they whale on Morbius until he manages- through no act of his own- to escape the cat realm for- where? 

This series is batshit as so much of 70's Marvel is. I am struck by a few things though. First of all the theme of distrusting science seems eerily relevant to now.  I'm intrigued too by the fact that Martine- the lost love of Morbius- is linked with the sinister cult that tried to use him against the Caretakers. 


  1. My partner knows this but I'm afraid it's the very first time I'm hearing about it ! And cats eliminating violence in their society ! If I happen onto it at the library, I'll take a look but sorry, my favourite vampire will always be Spike ^^

  2. These comics sound pretty wild!

  3. No Greg!! Now I'm going to have nightmares tonight! What if my cats are part of that army or whatever you want to call them? My little Elza. Good grief, what were they smoking yes!

    Elza Reads

  4. Holy cats! Should I tell you I'm intrigued, or you already imagined that much? :P Vintage comics have their charm for sure, so I'm always very happy to read your thoughts on them!

  5. If I remember correctly, back in those days comic creators were *obsessed* with animal-headed anthropmorphic aliens -- like Tiger Men, and I also remember Frog Men. All with space suits and guns. At that time, I thought it was the heights of cool. *rolls eyes* Compare to the aliens in the movie Arrival.

    Anyways, the whole point is the Cat King made me laugh, and Morbius flying looks like Superman! *goes away chortling*

    ~ Lex (lexlingua.co)

  6. I've never been a fan of Morbius! He's just so... creepy. Weren't they making a movie? Did that ever come out? I know they recently did a new series for him, but it's not one we wanted to read, haha.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  7. I really hope this movie comes into fruition. Curious about this character as I've no knowledge of him.