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.
From Adventure Publications, 1987:
As I’ve mentioned before, Warriors was an anthology series, featuring solo stories starring the various characters from the Adventurers fantasy book.
Another Dark Horse Comics in the spotlight today, this time the amazingly talented and under-appreciated cartoonist, Bryan Talbot’s Heart of Empire: The Legacy of Luther Arkwright.
Published in 1999, this was a sequel to Talbot’s The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, originally published in Englad in 1987 by Valkyrie Press, and later reprinted by Dark Horse in 1990.
An unknown mini-series from Dark Horse Comics, back in 1993: The Blue Lily.
Created, written, and drawn by Angus McKie, featuring the character Rusty Spade, Metaphysical Metal Detective. Each issue was 48 pages, in the “prestige format”. I remember enjoying the heck out of it, but if memory serves me right, it was supposed to be a 4 issue series, but only 2 issues were ever published.
Wow, hard to believe, but this is the 200th installment of ICS! Be sure to check the archives for all the previously featured covers.
So I had almost forgotten about this rather strange artifact of the late 90s, which I have in my longboxes somewhere: Lost Heroes.
Created, written, and drawn by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts (which, surprisingly, are still around, though not, it seems, as an active comic book publisher). It was a modern fantasy-adventure series about…honestly, I don’t remember at all. It ran for 5 issues (including the #0) before publications ceased.
And yes, that’s Mark Hammill and Julie Strain on the cover. In fact, the book’s whole schtick was that all the characters’ looks were based on the likenesses of actors, used with permission. Who else “starred” in Lost Heroes?
- Kevin Eastman (TMNT)
- Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5)
- Jason Carter (Babylon 5)
- Walter Koenig (that famous TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
- Peter Jurasik (Babylon 5)
- Bill Mumy (that old TV sci-fi series, and Babylon 5)
- Richard Biggs (Babylon 5)
Hey, I’m detecting a pattern here…what TV show ended in 1998, leaving a whole bunch of actors with plenty of free time on their hands? Oh, right, Babylon 5.
Now I want to dig out my back issues and re-visit the series…