Special treat time. And our old pal and FOOBA Mark Frazer has come up trumps again. Last time he found us the unpublished Barry Windsor-Smith Thing. This time, well, it's a Howard Chaykin / Cody Starbuck story that, as far as we know, has never been printed in English.
Here's Mark: This was either published in 1981 or 1982 in Spain by 'Josep Toutain' - who had collected all the previous Starbuck stories in two other volumes - the B & W stuff horribly coloured, by the way - using plates from the Starbuck portfolio as covers. It's listed in The Art Of Howard Chaykin bibliography - but only as non-English 'European album' with no other information available. I found it quite by accident when I was doing a simple search - and it turned up the three Starbuck volumes. I had never heard of them being collected like that & I wanted a look-see. I clearly got more than I bargained for - the lesson here being sometimes it pays to be curious. I can't imagine why Heavy Metal or somebody else never picked this up.
Now a caveat: As with BWS's piece, I did facebook Chaykin to seek his permission to post this. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to respond, which is completely understandable, Howard Chaykin having about a million better things to do with his time than talk to the likes of me.
So just a note to Howard: If you come across this now, or at any time in the future, absolutely no offence intended, just a wish to show off this stuff to fellow fans.
And if you want it removed from the site, of course I'll do so immediately.
Hope you don't though, 'cos it's wonderful!
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