Written and Pencilled by Mike Grell; Inked by Vince Colletta
- The titans are given a pinkish skin-tone sometimes used for Native Americans in old comics--and sometimes for Barsoomians, too.
- Morgan gets knocked unconscious. Again.
- Shakira, as is her wont, wears furry ankle socks.
This issue is very pulpy with its lost island with dying race of giants with advanced technology, but I'm unsure of any specific inspirations.
Amarant, queen of the Titans, derives her name from the herb amaranth, or amarant, meaning "unwithering" in Greek. Mythology associates amarant with immortality--an ironic association for the queen given the events of this issue.
The real importance of this issue is in it being the first appearance of Shakira, who becomes Morgan's long time companion. Shakira is an Arabic name meaning "thankful." The character was inspired by Isis, the woman and cat, who is a companion to Gary Seven in the 1968 Star Trek original series episode (and backdoor pilot) "Assignment Earth."
In cat form, Isis was shown perched on Gary Seven's shoulders much in the same way Shakira will later ride Morgan's.
Note the collar motif, too, just like Shakira.
Isis was played by Victoria Vetri, who also starred in When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970). Despite the hair and costume color difference, one wonders if Vetri's appearance here combined with her roll as Isis were influential on the look of Shakira. She's even got the spear Shakira also sports on the issue's cover.
Not quite from when dinosaurs ruled the earth, but still prehistoric, the creature Morgan and Shakira encounter in the titans' arena appears to be a Pleistocene native, Coelodonta antiquitatis, otherwise known as the woolly rhinocerous.