Saturday, 17 August 2019

Solomon's Kane's Homecoming



The Savage Sword Of Conan had two goes at Robert E. Howard's wonderful poem Solomon Kane's Homecoming, and both have their merits.
Virgilio Redondo & Ruby Nebres' version is more beautiful, simultaneously realistic and mythic, while Steve Carr & Al Williamson's update takes more time to tell the tale, and Kane looks the age he should be.
Whichever you prefer, they're both superb evocations of the puritan swordsman's last known adventure.


































13 comments:

  1. If Al W had pencilled his as well I might have preferred it, but the Filipinos win out this time.

    Somewhat rare to see art by Virgilio Redondo. He was typically scripting at this point in his career, or assisting his brothers Nestor & Frank, often without his name on the credits.

    Regards,
    Chris A.

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  2. Yeah, The Filipinos win in my book too.

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  3. And a fourth from me.
    Rudy Nebres was - and presumably still is - a phenomenal inker.

    -sean

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  4. Somebody on twitter recently was saying Nebres was average at best. I wondered where the guy's eyes were...

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    1. Rudy still does commissions. Humble man. Why the Big Two aren't employing him now is beyond me.

      Gene Poole

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  5. Crazy. Nature of the biz sadly. Just read the latest HM with Corben & Caza, both of whom clearly still got it.

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  6. Mike Kaluta is the only member of the Studio who never (thus far) illustrated Solomon Kane. He has painted & drawn other Robert E. Howard characters such as Conan the Barbarian & I quite enjoyed his Swords of Shahrazzar illustrations from the mid-'70s, but somehow this one slipped past me after all these years until now:

    https://pictures.abebooks.com/BRENNERSBOOKS/md/md8952642318.jpg

    In 1974 he painted the cover & drew interior images for Robert E. Howard's The Lost Valley of Iskander. How did I miss this one? I've seen Jeff Jones' wraparound cover painting for another edition of the same book, but not Kaluta's. An amazing find!

    Regards,
    Chris A.

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    1. Sounds like a request for scans, Pete. Do you own this one?

      Gene Poole

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  7. I've got Swords Of Sharazar, but not Iskander sadly. Anyone else?

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    1. Kaluta's Iskander artwork is posted at
      www.messagesfromcrom.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-art-of-robert-e.html
      Same site posts his Sharazar stuff too.

      -sean

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    2. Cheers, mate!

      Chris A.

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