The fantastic Mr. Bolland has some of his earlier British short stories collected in this issue and published in the US by Eclipse Comics:
The books contained 2 stories: “Vampire Carnival” written by Steve Parkhouse, and “Plague of the Undead” by Steve Moore. Published in 1985.
For some reason, Young Dara quite liked this fantasy series with great cheesecake art…
Art by Michael Thibedeaux. Published by Genesis West, 1988.
Continuing our look at Matt Wagner’s Grendel series, here’s the cover to the second volume, which ran for 40 issues:
Cover (and interiro) art by The Pander brothers (Arnold and Jacob). Writtten by Matt Wagner. Published in 1986 by Comico.
Matt Wagner’s Grendel series was one of the seminal works of the 80s and 90s. Here’s the start of the whole saga in 1983:
Cover art by Matt Wagner. Published by Comico.
Yes, I’ve featured this particular series before. And yes, for the purposes of this feature, I’m counting Marvels’ imprint Epic as an indie publisher, given the creator-owned nature of a lot of their books.
Cover painting by Paul Johnson. Published by Epic Comics, 1990.
Here’s a little-known fantasy comic mini-series, Storm Watcher:
Published in 1989 by Eclipse and ACME Press, I believe this was another South African comic reprinted in the US by Eclipse.
So in completely unexpected news, it looks like the seminal indie series Puma Blues, which introduced artist Michael Zulli to the world, is going to be completed and collected!
This is one of the books from 80s that I’m aware of, and even have a few issues, but have never read. part of my hesitation was knowing that the creators had a falling out and never completed it. But now it looks like I’ll be able to finally dig into the experimental series.
Cover art by Michael Zulli, published by Dave Sim’s Aardvark One International, 1986.
Here’s today’s ICS, the cover to WaRP Graphics Annual #1, by Debbie Hayes and Paul Abrams, with colors by Mark Wheatley:
This comics was published in 1989 by Warp Graphics (which stood for Wendy and Richard Pini, the husband and wife team behind the venerable Elfquest series), and featured a bunch of (now) well-known creators: the aforementioned Pinis, Robert Asprin, Phil Foglio, Jim Valentino, Colleen Doran, Mark Wheatley, Marc Hempel, Romeo Tanghal, and more.
In 1989, a few years after his red-hot Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters prestige format mini-series, Mike Grell was handed the keys to James Bond:
This 3-issue mini-series was co-published by Eclipse and ACME Press.
Here’s a 4-issue limited series put out by Eclipse in March 1988, reprinting some comics from South Africa:
Cover art by Dave Gibbons, who also provides the artwork for the one of the Powerbolt features inside, while Brian Bolland provides the art for the second one.
Since I kicked off the week with an 80s fantasy comic, I figured I’d stick to the theme, so here’s the cover to Unicorn Isle #5:
Cover art by Nicholas Koenig, published May 1987 by Apple Comics (issue 1 & 2 came out through WaRP Graphics). I know nothing about this series, though. And I have a feeling it never completed its planned 12-issue run.
Starting this week, the ICS feature will be moving to a Tue/Thr update schedule, so I can free up Wednesday for a new (old) feature. What could it be? Tune in tomorrow and find out!
Today’s cover is from a black-and-white fantasy comic titled Dragon Of The Valkyr, published in the mid-80s by RAK Graphics:
That’s the same publisher of these previously featured comics.