Friday, May 2, 2008

Anthro #1

Anthro #1 (On Sale: May 2, 1968) has a cover by Howie Post as Anthro moves from the pages of Showcase to his own short-lived series.

"The Battle of the Sexes" is written and drawn by Howie Post. Continuing from the Showcase issue, Anthro and his younger brother Lart return to the mammoth that Anthro has recently slain. While extracting meat from the body, a young girl attacks them. Anthro chases her and learns that she is a member of his mother's tribe. The girl had tamed the mammoth and kept it as a pet. She attacked Anthro for killing it. Anthro consoles her after learning about her loss.

While Anthro is away with the girl, Lart is attacked by a giant dog known as Kano. Anthro tries to return to his brother in time, but the boy is injured by the beast. Fortunately Lart was able to move his spear under Kano which kills it. Anthro carries Lart home where the young boy receives praise for killing the creature.

Anthro's father Ne-Ahn believes Anthro was distracted because he has no woman. He tells his son to go to a neighboring settlement and bring a woman home with him. Anthro meets Chief Tugg who wishes to marry off his daughter Ita. Anthro thinks Ita is the pretty girl he met earlier, so he passes Tugg's tests. When he learns that Ita is fat and ugly, he runs away (I hate it when the chief pulls the old ugly daughter switcheroo!). Tugg and his men chase Anthro as he flees. The pretty girl follows him too.

Edited by Joe Orlando.

4 comments:

Norman Boyd said...

This really goofy and out there series was terrific fun. Post's art was unusually 'scratchy' for the time but ideal for the fun stuff he did!

-Keller said...

I think it is sad that if you don't own these original books, you have no idea what Anthro was all about. There are certain things DC should be ashamed of, this is one of them.

Dave Potts said...

Keller said: "There are certain things DC should be ashamed of, this is one of them."

I presume you mean that DC should be ashamed for not reprinting this. Your post could be interpreted to mean that DC should be ashamed of Anthro.

-Keller said...

Who are you, Hillary Clinton? Shame on you Dave Potts, trying to take my words out of context!

"I think it is sad that if you don't own these original books, you have no idea what Anthro was all about. There are certain things DC should be ashamed of, this is one of them."