One Mad Dog

[The Saga Of Solomon Kane] – (Roy Thomas, Ralph Reese, Alan Weiss, Doug Moench, Steve Gan, Mike Zeck, Howard Chaykin, Don Glut, Alan Kupperberg, Sonny Trinidad, Virgillo Redondo, D Nebres, Dino Castrillo, David Wenzel, Marillitz, Duffy Vohland, Bill Wray, Robert E. Howard, Jo Duffy, Danny Bulandi, Steve Carr, John Arcudi, Al Williamson, Alan Rowlands, Colin MacNeil)

This collection Includes:

  • “Skulls in the Stars” written by “Roy Thomas”  with art by “Ralph Reese”.
  • “Castle of the Undead” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “The Hills of the Dead” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “Into the Silent City” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Alan Weiss”.
  • “The Right Hand of Doom” by “Doug Moench” with art by “Steve Gan”
  • “The Silver Beast Beyond Tinkertown” by “Doug Moench” with art by “Mike Zeck”
  • “Rattle of Bones” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Howard Chaykin”
  • “The Castle Of The Devil” written by “Don Glut” with art by “Alan Kupperberg” and “Sonny Trinidad”
  • “Solomon Kanes Homecoming” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by”Virgillo Redondo” and ” D Nebres”
  • “The Dragon At Castle Frankenstein” written by “Don Glut” with art by “Sonny Trinidad”
  • “The Cold Hands Of Death”  written by “Don Glut” with art by “Steve Gan” and “Dino Castrillo”
  • “Retribution In Blood” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel”  and “Marillitz”
  • “Blades of The Brotherhood” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel” and “Duffy Vohland”
  • “Moon of Skulls” written by  “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel” and “Bill Wray”.
  • “The Return of Sir Richard Greenville  written by “Roy Thomas”  with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “Wings In The Night” written by “Don Glut” with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “The One Black Stain” written by “Robert E. Howard” with art by “David Wenzel”.
  • “Red Seas” written by “Jo Duffy” with art by “Danny Bulandi”.
  • “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming” written by “Robert E. Howard” with art by “Steve Carr”.
  • “Shattered Innocence” written by “John Arcudi” with art by “Steve Carr” and “Al Williamson”.
  • “Satan’s Sanctuary” written by “Alan Rowlands” with art by “Steve Carr” and “Al Williamson”.
  • “Deaths Dark Riders” written by “Roy Thomas” with art by “Colin MacNeil”.
It also includes some articles and prose stuff. It has good quality paper which is unusual for these phone book collections and this really helps the black and white art standout.

I enjoyed this collection and it blessed by some really good black and white art. There are a huge variety of stories and styles but they are all readable.  I particularly enjoyed the artwork of Alan Weiss and Ralph Reese and the story telling of Roy Thomas.  My least favorite stories had David Wenzel as the author and I found them harder work to read. My least favorite artists were “Howard Cheykin” and  “Colin MacNeil” but Colin’s art was still good and improved as the story progressed.

I am not a fan of prose in Graphic novels so I didn’t read all these sections  but they may appeal to some people.   This book represent a great taste of Solomon Kane with over twenty stories. ISBN-13: 978-1595823175. 7/10

[Tom Strong Book 2] – (Alan Moore, Alan Weiss, Chris Sprouse, Paul Chadwick, Gary Gianni, Al Gordon)
August 29, 2010, 7:01 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Alan Weiss, Chris Sprouse, Gary Gianni, Paul Chadwick, Tom Strong

This second collected edition of Alan Moore’s Tom Strong stories is a compendium of short tales most of them drawn by Chris Sprouse and inked by  Al Gordon. My favorite art in the whole collection is penciled by Alan Weiss and it is stunning.  Contained in this Volume are:

  • “Riders of the Lost Mesa” with fantastic artwork by Alan Weiss.
  • “The Old Skool” with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Sparks” with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Terror Temple of Tayasal” with artwork by Paul Chadwick.
  • “Volcano Dreams”  with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Flip Atti Tude”  with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Phantom Auto Gyro” with Victorian style artwork by Gary Gianni.
  • “Funnyland” with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Too Many Teslas” with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Strange Reunion” with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “Terror on Terra obscura”  with artwork by Chris Sprouse.
  • “The Tower at Times End” with artwork by Chris Sprouse, Kylr Baker, Russ Heath and Pete Poplaski.
  • “Space Family Strong” with unusual Hanna Barbera style artwork  by Chris Sprouse.
  • “The Lands of Hearts Desire”  with artwork by Chris Sprouse.

Book 2  has a very high standard of artwork with a very 50’s feel in both art and writing.  The stories them self are pretty good on the whole but they never seemed to capture me as much as the first collected edition.  Tom Strong seems to lack any sort of vulnerability which means the stories often lack tension. It can also get a little complicated at times with the stories jumping around through time and dimensions.  The book does have a thread running through it featuring arch villain “Saveen” but it is not as good as the first volume where we had Nazi enemies and a secret love  child.  [ISBN-13: 978-1563898808]. 7/10