Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Gray Morrow's Buck Rogers



Here's an all too short piece from Heavy Metal, where Jim Lawrence & Gray Morrow take Buck, Wilma & Dr. Huer out for a quick spin.
Lawrence and Morrow were doing the Buck newspaper strip at the time, so I guess this was a pseudo ad for the strip maybe, or possibly they just felt like doing it. Whichever, it'll make you wish for a whole graphic novel of this kind of thing from Gray.









6 comments:

  1. Never knew this existed. In what issue of Heavy Metal did this appear? This is simply gorgeous.

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  2. From The September 1979 issue, Neil. As usual with HM there was no explanation as to how / why / where but it must have something to do with the newspaper strip ( which I now have to see if I can locate scans of! )

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  3. Hi, Pete. Actually Gray Morrow's Buck Rogers newspaper strip lasted for two years and it included both dailies and colour Sundays. A book collecting the first year was published by Hermes in 2013, but is already out of print. Hermes apparently only publishes a handful of copies, as all their books go out of print a couple of weeks after being published. And yes, this sample you're showing appeared in Heavy Metal, and I guess it was a way to promote the strip that only appeared in the US in a handful of newspapers.

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  4. Thanks Diego, love Hermes stuff but so hard to get as you say.

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  5. Turan, Emissary of the Fly World17 August 2017 at 06:38

    There was also a trade paperback collection of the strip published back in 1981. It is currently going on Amazon Marketplace for lower prices than the Hermes book.

    My recollection is that, though Gray Morrow's name appeared on the strip throughout its run, towards the end there was a definite Neal Adams look to it, which I presume means that the job had been sub-contracted to Adams's company, Continuity Associates.

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  6. Never even knew it existed till recently, so ta for the info, chaps.

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