The cover and several pages from Captain Marvel #34 (1974) by Starlin, Englehart, Abel, Orzechowski, and Thomas

This is another of the Bronze Age Marvel books I’ve had for 20 years and never read ‘til now. I’m happy to say I enjoyed it a lot more than the last one. The first thing that sticks out about this issue is Starlin’s inventive use of panels. The book is absolutely crammed with panels, sometimes 11 or 12 on a page, but it never feels overly dense thanks to fluid action, bright colors, frequent fun sound effects (Look  at all those FOOMs!), and interesting compositions. Englehart’s breezy dialogue helps a lot too. Packed with action, weird ideas and a bit of humor, this is the sort of book I want to find when I take a random chance on an old superhero back issue. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more of this run.