The Galactic Rangers become the Space Musketeers in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers Special #1.
This wacky one-shot consists of the Rangers being sent back in time and on Earth, where they must prevent a bomb from leveling the city.
This special was actually released before the end of the series with #13. It came out in October of 1983, the same month as issue #12.
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Previously – Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #13
There is an early joke at the expense of the state of “cartoonists” in 1937. Kirby, of course, broke into the comic book industy in the 1930s.
The issue begins with Captain Victory discovering a cassetts. Apparently, all of Earth’s history has been recorded on a cassette tape. This has made it possible for Egg-Head to create places to time travel to.
Of course, the Rangers are sent back to pre-industrial times on Earth. They quickly realize they are unwelcome. Captain Victory, Tarin, and Major Klavus are chased out of town. They are tied up in Notre Dame. The local citzens believe them to be witches and want them to be burned at the stake.
The Galactic Rangers become freed, but the learn that a Q bomb could be set to explode soon. A Q bomb would level the entire city. The Rangers must assume the identity of someone from those days to not create a time paradox. They get into some quick fights and rescue a damsel in distress.
Egg-Head sends the Rangers back to present day and to the Dreadnaught Tiger. While there, they are able to get rid of the Q bomb. It is revealed that they had been sent back to the Earth year 1642.
This is a fun little issue, but there isn’t a whole lot to it. As a one-shot special, it doesn’t really get involved with the continuity of the main story or further any plot. It just throws the characters together, comes up with a wacky plot, and there is a fun issue.
There isn’t much else to take away from this issue. We get to see the main cast in fun situations, but we don’t learn more about their charcters. That can be good or bad, depending on if you are up-to-date with the series. It sounds like this was the first of many planned specials, but the series would only last 1 more regular issue.
The most notable part of the issue might be the letter from Pacific Comics in the beginning. It notes that it has been 2 years since Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1 was released. Jack Kirby’s series was massively responsible for making the direct-sales market a viable alternative. It’s a pretty cool legacy, even if these characters aren’t yet household names.
With that, Kirby’s work on Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers is now fully completed. While this comic book wasn’t Kirby’s best work, it is still a fun space adventure that showed Kirby could still show off some of the biggest ideas and characters in comic books.
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