Thursday, 26 February 2015

Storm - The Deep World



Storm was a magnificent sci-fantasy series from the equally magnificent Don Lawrence, beginning in 1976. It was published originally in dutch magazine Eppo, though has since been translated into just about every other language going. Later serials for instance, appeared in both Heavy Metal and the British fortnightly Strip.
Lawrence had spent ten years on The Trigan Empire for Look & Learn, before finding out quite how many other countries that strip was being reprinted in, and quite how much of a cut he wasn't getting for it.
I'm a sucker for Lawrence's ultra realistic work, and here he raises pulp adventure to almost the level of high art, being as great at world building as he was in Empire, and making this ostensibly foreign strip somehow feel quintessentially British.
Storm himself is kind of Buck Rogers crossed with Conan, which is a pretty great combination, and if the translation in this opening story is a little bit stiff and unwieldy, it doesn't really matter, as you're having too much of a good time to care. Besides, I like foreign language strips, it's like watching a subtitled movie.
















































10 comments:

  1. Like the Trigan Empire material you posted previously, these are such nice-looking comics. Man, life and finances are just too short to get to all of this stuff...

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  2. Definitely.Too many comics, too little time...

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  3. Not too many comics looking like this though, surely....
    Beautiful stuff. Was always disappointed the British edition never made it past the first volume. At least, not as far as I'm aware... but then, I didn't know it had been in Heavy Metal either. I'm guessing that must be somewhere in the Eastman years...? Anyway, something to look for, thanks for the pointer.

    You probably know this, Pete, but Don Lawrence can be seen working on Storm and talking us through it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEDnt_GuHVI

    -sean

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  4. I didn't know that, Sean, thanks for that. And yes, it was about 1997 Storm ran in HM. I'll dig it out and add it to the list to put up.

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  5. Tri-Gone empire Don? Triggun surely? Mind you as kids we used to say Sub-Mareener so what do I know.

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  6. Yep, sorry Don, It's Triggun. Always was, always will be.
    I used to say Annie-Hill-Us for Annihilus, by the way....

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  7. For me, artist names could be tricky; I'm told Ploog actually with vogue...

    -sean

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  8. In a Hulk related game my mate used to say punny. When I laughed at him and said it was pronounced pewknee he said that's what Hulk would say, he's stupid. Yeah, artists names, Dick Ayers always sounded like Dick Hairs.

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  9. Thanks for this post. I loved the Trigan Empire as a kid. I used to spend hours drawing the flying ships. Some time later and in a different context Don Lawrence drew "Carrie" in Mayfair. You can see the connection in style with the ladies he drew in Storm and Trigan.

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  10. I've located both the Heavy Metal and Strip Storm stories so will be running those in due course as well. Seen some of the Carrie strips but unfortunatly they're probably a bit too saucy even for this blog!

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