Monday, 13 October 2014

Behold The Man



Here, with suitably controversial cover, is Roy Thomas and Alex Nino's fantastic adaptation of Michael Moorcock's Behold The Man. I can't really add anything to Rascally's introduction here, as he says it all.
Like everybody else, I throw the words 'classic' and 'masterpiece' around a lot on this here blog, but honestly, Behold The Man is both of those things and more.
And, on a lighter note, it's obvious that Nino had no idea what a Teddy Boy was when he did this piece.

























6 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this; I really like the original story, and I can't think of a better artist than Nino to do the comic adaptation.
    Haven't read this whole adaptation, but looking over some of the panels at random, I see that Thomas didn't want to court too much controversy, in that he cleaned up Glogauer's "encounter" with Mary. That was one of the few amusing aspects of Moorcock's otherwise rather somber story.

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  2. Haven't seen this for ages. The mighty Alex Nino - brilliant. I'm not so sure he's the right choice for Moorcock's story - Ellison's complaint about the Repent Harlequin... adaptation springs to mind - but when the results look so stylish (in both cases) you can't really complain.
    Thanks for posting

    -sean

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  3. Well, the more restrained style Nino used for Behold The Man would probably have pleased Ellison more for Repent Harlequin, but I've read this story so many times I can't anyone but Nino doing it to be honest.

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  4. Didn't mean to come across as critical since I really like this adaptation (and Repent Harlequin...) and agree with you, its just that Nino's such a singular artist that even at his more restrained he still overwhelms the voice of the original. Not that that's a problem for us readers.
    Would be curious to know if Moorcock has ever commented about this, though. He's been known to have fairly strong opinions about illustrators approaching his work. Any idea?

    -sean

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  5. Not that I'm aware of, Sean, but yeah, it's a brave man who adapts Ellison AND Moorcock.

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  6. Had a quick look at Moorcock's website - no direct comment on the Behold adaptation, but he does have a few enthusiastic words for Nino's work on Repent Harlequin so I'm guessing (maybe) he doesn't have any objections...
    Btw, theres pages posted on the site from comic strips Moorcock did for mid-60s Fleetway annuals with artwork by Don Lawrence and Ron Embleton. Worth a look if you like that kind of thing. www.multiverse.org/imagehive/index.php/bookcovers/comiccovers/Originals/album26

    -sean

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