Friday, January 1, 2010

Fantasy Friday

First I want to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year. May your dice roll well in your favor!

I wrapped up the year with Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Mars book; "The Princess of Mars". For the first Fantasy Friday of the new year, I thought I'd dish up Gil Kane's 'John Carter Warlord of Mars' put out by Marvel Comics Group in the early 70's.

Gil Kane was known for his classy silver-age illustrations for DC comics which helped revived the the super-hero genre in the early 60's. It was when he moved to Marvel that his characters exploded with a dynamic power that rivaled even the great Jack Kirby. He became one of Marvel's preeminent cover artists of the early 70's defining the tone for the era. Beyond super-heroes, Kane was best know for his fantasy work which included Conan and John Carter for Marvel as well as one of the first graphic novels, Blackmark.

Some of Gil Kane's Conan Covers

Gil Kane left us on January 31, 2000 at age 73. Though he is gone, his lifetime of work will live on for years to come.


  1. Gil Kane continues to be one of my favorite Silver Age artists who, like Carmine Infantino, is best known for DC contributions but did some fine work for Marvel during the Seventies.

    Another swell "sword and planet" style story by Kane is Sword of the Atom from the early Eighties. Technically, it all takes place on Earth, but it might as well be an alien world!

  2. I've never heard of the Sword of the Atom, I'll have to look that up.

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