Creatures On The Loose
Creatures on the Loose was Marvel's catch-all fantasy-horror title of the early 70's, bringing new new features (and backup tales from
Marvel's monster-ridden pre-hero era) to the comic-reading public.
Conan the barbarian was still a red-hot property at
the time, and (continuing the numbering from the
Tower of Shadows title) CotL
prominently featured another Robert E. Howard-created hero, Kull, to feature in the first issue.
After a few all-reprint issues, #16 introduced a new feature in the form of Gullivar Jones, a little-remembered creation who predated
even Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter stories. Roy Thomas scripted, and even named a minor character after writer Dick Lupoff, who
helped bring Lt. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation by Edwin Arnold to the attention of the wider science-fiction-reading public of the time.
Jones was similar to John Carter in that he magically found himself transported to Mars where he found himself in possession of enhanced
strength, and who immediately set about helping a beautiful princess and her people fight off an army of uglier, meaner
#22 saw the introduction to the comics of Lin Carter's Thongor character, a none-too-bright, sword-swinging warrior very much in the Conan
mold. This lasted until #29, when the Man-Wolf, a grey-furred werewolf first introduced in
Amazing Spider-Man #125, took over the
title until its last issue, #37. The Man-Wolf saga would continue later in Marvel Premiere.
Basicallyl, CotL existed as an attempt to recapture some of the magic of the Conan series. It failed, but even still, the
resulting stories - including the reprints - were colorful, fun, and full of imagination.
You can see a gallery of Creatures on the Loose cover images here.