At '70s Marvel, no one mastered the startling scope and high-concept complexity of cosmic adventure like Jim Starlin! And his work on Adam Warlock set the tone for star-spanning spectacle that is considered a high-water mark to this day. Starlin evolved Warlock to the next level, imbuing the character with the inner demons of a man-god on the brink of insanity. Forced to confront an evil version of himself and the nihilistic menace Thanos, Warlock's conflicts weren't just knuckle-grinding throw-downs; they were epic, existential struggles for his very soul. Featuring the first-ever assembling of the Infinity Gems, the debut of Gamora, and a team-up with Spider-Man and the Avengers to save the universe.
Collecting Strange Tales (1951) #178-181, Warlock (1972) #9-15, The Avengers Annual (1967) #7 & Marvel Two-in-One Annual (1976) #2.
James P. "Jim" Starlin (born 1949) is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.
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