Number 1855: “The dust of centuries chokes my throat!”
Morgana Le Fay, half-sister of King Arthur, hatches a plot to steal the throne. She uses a disgruntled knight, Sir Hector, a plug-ugly with a Prince Valiant hairdo, as her henchman. While Sir Hector fails in his primary responsibility (kill the king, steal his sword, Excalibur). Morgana, however, trusting Sir Hector won’t fail her twice, gives him immortality in his shield, and expects him to bring her back to life sometime in the future.
It more or less mirrors Ibis, who was brought back to life 4,000 years after his death in ancient Egypt, and who in turn brought back his sweetie, Taia. But of course Ibis and Taia are the good guys and Morgana and Hector the bad guys. We can all figure who wins in this, the lead story from Fawcett’s Ibis #4 (1946), well drawn by artist Gus Ricca.