Monday, 20 May 2019

Wulf The Barbarian: The Beast Of Famine



Here's the second, and last great, issue of Wulf The Barbarian, before it all went belly up for Wulf in general and Atlas Comics in particular. It's a rollicking good Arabian Nights style adventure wherein the blond battler gets himself some new pals, including Grey Mouser like thief / sidekick Rymnstrdle.
As you can see from the hacked together cover, this is one of those Diverse Hands / Crusty Bunkers pieces where everybody and his uncle helped out to meet a deadline. As well as creator Larry Hama, and regular inker Klaus Janson, you also get Neal Adams, Ralph Reese, Bob McCleod, Pat Broderick, Vincente Alcazar, Paul Kirshner & Jack Abel all pitching in. Larry credits Wally Wood too, but I don't spot him in there, so maybe this issue was done in his studio?
Anyway, this is a great fun romp of a comic, with Wulf slightly deviating away from his mission of revenge, which was already getting old halfway through issue #1.
On the basis of The Beast Of Famine, I'll say it again. Wulf The Barbarian could've gone places.
After all, his world was bigger than mortal comprehension, so there were plenty of places for him to go to.



















13 comments:

  1. Oddly enough, out of the whole Atlas line, Wulf... and by Wulf, I mean the first two issues... was probably the best series of the lot. And most of that was due to the whole 'Fritz Leiber meets Neal Adams' vibe that it seemed to have. It wasn't great literature, by any means. Nor was the art on the scale of a Kaluta or a Windsor-Smith. However, it WAS a well-done first effort & it definitely looked as if it were going somewhere.

    Of course, the first couple issues of Phoenix, Morlock 2001 & The Scorpion all had potential, too. It's easy to look back at Atlas and laugh at some of their more boneheaded attempts (Brute, Ironjaw) - but still, one wonders what might've been.

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  2. It was inevitable you were going to post some Atlas nonsense Pete, but I had my hopes up for Planet of Vampires ):

    -sean

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  3. Already had this one lined up, Sean, otherwise I would. I'll do Planet at the weekend if people want it :)

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  4. No worries - if theres a demand for it go ahead, but to be honest if you planned to post at the weekend anyway, something not published by Atlas would probably be preferable. (:

    -sean

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  5. I enjoyed the first two issues of Wulf. Was there a third?

    Gene Poole

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  6. There are four, Gene, but the quality plummeted. It didn't become a completely different character like Phoenix or The Scorpion, but the other issues really are for completists only.

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  7. I will always have a soft spot for Atlas despite all their faults. They seemed to think mostly poor characters would succeed if they looked like a Marvel comic forgetting about what made Marvel good ( great characters writing and art) . Planet of Vampires was a great idea and my favourite title, I also liked Grim Ghost, I still can't understand how they were able to change so many characters by issue 2 and 3 I thought the books would have already been written and drawn not long after issues 1 were on sale.

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  8. Good point Paul, I have a Back Issue (I think) that tells the Atlas story. Maybe I'll look that up.

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  9. Now that does sound worth posting if you can find it Pete.
    Atlas offered the best page rates at the time, but the comics were so shoddy - seems like theres got to be an interesting story there...

    -sean

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  10. WULF was better thought-out than most of the ATLAS line, which I tend to credit to Larry Hama.

    I liked the name of his main villain, "Mordek Mal Moriak." Such a name practically begs for its possessor to have his head cut off.

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  11. It does feel like one bad guy name too many tho'. Mordak Moriak would've been fine. It's like Deathlok The Demolisher. He's ALREADY called Deathlok, for flip's sake! Overkill.

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