Monday, 28 May 2018

Wulf The Barbarian



Now, see, I liked Wulf The Barbarian, and don't feel it's fair to lump him in with his labelmate, the dreadful Ironjaw.
Unlike ol' Metal Mouth, but like The Destructor and The Grim Ghost, I always thought that Atlas' other barbarian hero could've been a contender. He's not a complete Conan rip-off, like DC's Claw The Unconquered, and there were glimmers of originality here, considering this is a Sword & Sorcery title we're talking about.
I liked the fact that it took place on ' A planet the size of which is beyond mortal comprehension ', I like the brief looks at the rest of the world Wulf travels through, I like his mentor Stavro Dar Kovin and the fact that Wulf spends his origin issue as a street pauper, and I love Larry Hama and Klaus Janson's artwork.
Again, unlike Claw, Hama doesn't just look to Robert E. Howard for inspiration, but there's elements of Tolkein and, in the second issue, even Fritz Leiber if you squint.
Maybe I protest too much, but I genuinely think this guy had a chance. Mind you, it is slightly ludicrous that when he finally puts on the outfit he wears on the cover, he instantly develops Conan-esque muscles he hasn't had throughout the rest of the story...




















6 comments:

  1. If I remember rightly, there were only 4 issues and I think I've got them all. Yeah, Wulf was an okay title - certainly nowhere near as bad as some of the Atlas comics. (I liked The Grim Ghost as well.)

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  2. Yep, four indeed, tho' in the interests of full disclosure, it's only the first two that are any good, but they are REALLY good.

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  3. Ahh Wulf was one of the better titles although I had a soft spot for quite a few of the Atlas comics - the recent revamp of Wulf was not great.

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  4. Ah, yes. Wulf WAS one of the better Atlas titles - be it only for the first two issues, of course - where it seemed to my then-young mind that if Fritz Leiber & Neal Adams ever did a series together, it might've looked something like Wulf.

    Still, nothing beat the first couple issues of Morlock. Only in the 70's could you have a series that was a cross between Orwell's 1984 and Gerber's Man-Thing.

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  5. And Clockwork Orange. Another cry for help from Michael Fleisher..

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