Topic: Comic Book History
Yesterday I blogged about the latest release in the set of... Conan The Barbarian statues based on the John Buscema & Ernie Chan cover for issue #88 of Marvel Comics 'Conan The Barbarian'. I was blogging about the 'Belit - Queen of the Black Coast' statue that will be available in April.
After the blog post was published, I received several emails, questions, messages and comments about both blog versions of the post, which I was thankful for!
One question in particular asked me if there were any other Sword and Sorcery Comics that I would recommend for reading, since it looked like I knew something on S&S comics...
And I thought back to an earlier blog post where I delved into the short history of 'Wulf The Barbarian' that was created by Larry Hama.
When the Atlas - Seaboard comics were first printed, there weren't any trade paper back compilations being printed, and 'Graphic Novels' were just being thought of. So to read these four issues of 'Wulf the Barbarian' you would have to purchase the individual copies of the issues.
Here is what I blogged about before on Wulf's history:
Larry Hama, (pictured above right), is known for his many projects in the Comics World, including G.I. Joe Comics!
One that doesn't appear in many of his bios or credits is the Atlas Seaboard Comic Book Series, 'Wulf The Barbarian'.
Larry wrote the script and did the pencils on issues #1-2 of this 4 issue series.
I recently picked up a collection of Atlas - Seaboard Comics and decided to re-read them, as it has been a few years since I did so.
Wulf the Barbarian was an unusual sword and sorcery title for its' time. I enjoyed the first two issues of this series by Larry.
Larry went on to become a writer of another barbarian, Conan the Barbarian for Marvel Comics! He also become an editor for that series later.
Wulf's adventures took place on an unamed planet.
He was seen as a street beggar at first. We find out that he was actually the orphaned son of a king, and that his royal protector, Stavro, must hide him for ten years until Wulf becomes of age to take back the royal throne.
However Stravo himself is killed by minions of the man that killed Wulf's father. Wulf takes on the quest to avenge Stravo and also reclaim his throne.
Issue #3 was written by Steve Skeates and drawn by Leo Summer. Issue #4 was written by Mike Friedrich and Jim Craig was the penciller.
I re-read the entire series, and realized that although I enjoyed the series as a whole, it was the first two issues that set the pace for the series.
Unfortunately this four issue series is just one of the twenty-three comic book series that were ended far too soon when Atlas Seaboard closed its' doors in 1975.
Martin Goodman, who had started what we now know as Marvel Comics, had started this Atlas Seaboard Company in 1974, after he had sold Marvel Comics.
There are 22 other comic book titles that could be blogged about here, as well as 5 magazine titles that Atlas Seaboard also published.
Those will wait for another time, as this blog post is about Larry Hama's contribution to the Wulf the Barbarian title for Atlas Seaboard.
So, I emailed the link to the first blog post to the party asking the question of me, and thought with all of the new blog readers, that it would warrant re-posting here today.
There are other Sword and Sorcery series that I have enjoyed during the years, but that 4 issue series of 'Wulf the Barbarian' is one of the easiest and least expensive to find to read. And yes, we also have a few copies of that series in different grades, from 'reader' copies to collector copies in our online store, if you can't find them at your usual source of buying comics!
(Please Note: A complimentary item for this mention / review was NOT provided as Atlas Seaboard Publishing has been defunct for several years!)
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