Warlord (vol. 1) #22 (June 1979)
Written and Pencilled by Mike Grell; Inked by Vince Colletta
- Morgan gets his Sword & Sorcery dialogue on in his fight with the thieves.
This issue is very much a classic Sword & Sorcery story--the hero goes into a magic tower and fights a monster for the sake of a beauty. It even has a big snake.
The basic plot bears a good deal of similarity to that of "Mai-Kulala" by Charles Saunders, one of his Imaro short-stories appearing in the anthology Swords Against Darkness IV (1979). While the settings are very different, both feature a hero duped by an old man into killing his daughter, who's cursed to be a were-creature. Both stories appeared in 1979, so I don't know which came out first. It's interesting though, that the old man and his daughter are African in appearance in this issue, just as the characters are the fantasy Africa setting of Saunders' story.