Warlord (vol. 1) #23 (July 1979)
Written and Pencilled by Mike Grell; Inked by Vince Colletta
- One of the girl's of Ba'al gives the Vulcan salute as a sign of peace.
- Arn has a groovey seventies' moustache reminiscent of Peter Wyngarde as Jason King.
- Skulls are common sacrifice-stake accessories in Skartaris. The one Machiste and Mariah were tied to in issue #9 is identically decorated to the one here.
The inspiration for this issue seems have common from a combination of the Star Trek original series episode "The Apple" and a clever inversion of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.
"The Apple" has the Enterprise crew interacting with a race of beautiful innocents, called "The Feeders of Vaal," who serve a giant monster-head idol, and need to learn to stand-up for themselves.
The Time Machine, of course, has the protagonist siding with the beautiful but ineffectual Eloi, against the bestial, but more advanced Morlocks--who it turns out use the Eloi as a food source.
Ba'al is a Northwest Semitic language title meaning "lord" or "master." It can be used to refer to any god, but is often used to refer to the primary god of a given people or city. Baal has come to be used as the name of a demon in Christian demonology.
Orm is a word found in modern languages descended from Old Norse that can mean variously "worm", "snake", or "dragon."