The Micronauts - Baron Karza

Posted on September 9, 2008 5:24 PM | Permalink

Baron Karza

The Baron is missing his back rockets, but that's ok for me.

It has been 30 years since the NalaMatka threw away my Baron Karza, along with with all my other Micronauts.

A day that I have never ever forgotten.

Ever.

To some degree... that trauma is probably why I buy whatever the hell I want to whenever I want to now as an adult. (Though of course, because of the wonders of the internets, you all can share in my adult pointless toy spending guilt trips!)

Anyway, while the Micronauts toys were mediocre at best, they were very much the bomb in the 1970s, though mostly forgotten now.

However, it wasn't the toys that really made me love them. Much like TFs... the toys are only a part of it.

It was Marvel's Micronauts comic by Bill Mantlo that brought these things to life with some of the most fantastic characters a 7-year old geekling could love!

Baron Karza by Jackson Guice (Micronauts #50)

On the surface, Karza looks like what Darth Vader was in 1977... that dark armored menacing villain that could kick your ass and take your name. (Alas, we all know what a pussy Vader evolved into over the decades.)

Karza?

Karza ruled with a literal iron fist for over 1000 years!

Micronauts #4

Karza enslaved entire populations and planets!

Karza, master geneticist that he is, used the many species of the Microverse to feed his genetic Body Banks to produce all kinds of horrors and abominations.

Even the entire life force of the planet Spartak, wielded through it's King Acroyear was not enought to kill him.

Micronauts #28

And every time they thought they'd killed him... he outsmarted everyone.

Baron Karza. Homeworld's worst nightmare since 1977.

Baron Karza
Categories: micronauts

8 Comments

I'm an old school Micronaut fan. The Baron and friends are on the list to munnify once I'm off the current obsession with 70s Marvel characters.

But #4 brings joy to my linguistically-confused brain. I actually slept with that comic and the cover is forever indented with the imprint of a six year old's elbow as a result.

I GET FIRST DIBS ON YOUR MICROMUNNIES IF YOU SELL THEM!!!

I feel your pain. My mother threw out ALL my Lego, my Star Wars stuff (Believe me, I'd make a fortune today with what I had), my Action Force (GI Joe to you...) stuff and half my Transformers while I was at boarding school...

Imagine how the conversation went a few years back when I was thinking about putting some of the stuff on Ebay.

"Mum, are my toys still up in the loft?"

"No, Son, I gave it all away as you were at boarding school"

*Faints..*

M.

I never grew up into Micronauts but just a couple weeks ago I happened upon a bin of some dollar back issues. I bought them up (the first twelve issues), and I have to say I dig it!

Good stuff, indeed.

That first story arc of volume 1 (#1-12) by Mantlo and Golden is great.

Well, let me ask the next two obvious question, Mr. Nala. What do you consider a fair price and which one should I work on first?

(Also, comment noted. You are number one on the list when they get done... Beware body bank cuteness...)

Well, let me ask the next two obvious question, Mr. Nala. What do you consider a fair price and which one should I work on first?

(Also, comment noted. You are number one on the list when they get done... Beware body bank cuteness...)

fpt: I have no idea at all. I don't even know what blanks cost.

But I would oh so love me an Acroyear.

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