Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wulf the Barbarian #1: "Wulf the Barbarian"

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'...On a nameless world in a forgotten time...' there lived a man called Wulf. Orphaned 10 years ago when his parents, the king and queen, were slain in an ambush staged by trolls in the service of an evil sorcerer, Wulf has spent the last decade training for the day he would return to claim his birthright.

After his trainer/mentor is killed by the same troll who killed his mother 10 years earlier, Wulf avenges his mother's death, reclaims his father's sword from the slain troll, and begins his long awaited trip home. As Wulf rides homeward with the intent to raise an army to raid the evil sorcerer's lair and free his hereditary kingdom, he encounters many magic-induced obstacles conjured by his foe.

— The Atlas Archives

Among the other comic-book barbarians at the gates in the 1970s, many of them from DC, were Beowulf, Claw the Unconquered, and Iron Wolf. Atlas also tried Iron Jaw and Wulf the Barbarian, and Gil Kane produced Blackmark in a paperback format.

Marvel Comics founder and Magazine Management publisher Martin Goodman left Marvel in 1972, having sold the company in 1968. He created Seaboard Periodicals in June 1974 to compete in a field then dominated by Marvel and DC Comics. Goodman hired Warren Publishing veteran Jeff Rovin to edit the color comic-book line, and writer-artist Larry Lieber, brother of Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee, as editor of Atlas' black-and-white comics magazines. Lieber later became editor of the color comics following Rovin's departure. Steve Mitchell was the comics' production manager, and John Chilly the black-and-white magazines' art director. Goodman offered an editorial position to Roy Thomas, who had recently stepped down as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, but Thomas "didn't have any faith in his lasting it out. The field was too shaky for a new publisher."


Cover: Larry Hama and Klaus Janson
Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Larry Hama
Inks: Klaus Janson

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