Swords and Sorcery and a mouth full’a Sass! Continuing the theme of medieval fantasy adventure (after all, I’m celebrating the 40th birthday of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG), we find ourselves in the midst of a tale of Camelot. Jovial John Buscema is well known for his incredible renderings during a historic run on Conan the Barbarian. At the height of his creative apogee, Marvel’s editorial team became aware of his fondness for the Prince Valiant newspaper strip. Further investigation revealed an idea which had been buzzing around John’s mind for a while concerning the legendary wizard, Merlin, and his service to the king of Camelot, Arthur. For a while, he was given full creative control of this project, and Marvel absolutely loved the pages he was turning in. However, as the project wore on, John noted that the story began to get away from him – he wasn’t sure where the finish line was, despite his passion for the artwork. Doug Moench was called in to join the Merlin team and “Quest of the King” was born!
IN SPACE, NO ONE HEARS YOU SCREAM (But your blaster still goes “Shrak!”) Every so often, your author comes across a comic book which presents such a dynamic story and bountiful beauty that it leaves me virtually speechless. This is one of those times, dear reader, and it is glorious. Most readers of modern comics are familiar with the Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly their enigmatic leader, Star-Lord.