Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

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Neal Adams is known for contributing to everything from Deadman to Archie, but this new sketchbook collection pays tribute to his fine figure work on fantasy sketches and fierce monsters. Then, Caption Box brings an unusual retelling of the Exodus story from the perspective of Pharaoh Ramses II.

Neal Adams Savage Sketch Book

Neal Adams’ mainstream work not only influenced the entire comic industry, it helped redefine such characters as Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and even the original X-Men. Contributing to literally hundreds of comics, his work can be seen in everything from Deadman to Archie.

In addition, his own comic book company, Continuity Comics, has generated such characters as Megalith, CyberRad, and Ms. Mystic.

Though he is perhaps best known for his super-heroes, Adams definitely has a barbaric side, as shown in this black and white collection.

Featuring various fantasy-themed sketches, many of which were initial layouts for movie posters, book covers, t-shirts, and even TV commercials, it also includes his first rendering of Continuity’s Shaman, a magic-based character who ironically fought to rid the world of magic.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lone and Level Sands

Most people, even those not particularly religious or well-versed in the Bible, are familiar with the story of Moses and the Exodus, even if it is only because of Charlton Heston and the movie The Ten Commandments.

In this epic undertaking taking its title from Percy Shelley’s Ozymandias, author A. David Lewis (Mortal Coils) and artist M.P. Mann (Flesh Gordon, Ape City) create a human drama that is more than just a classic tale of Good vs. Evil (or Israelites vs. Egyptians).

Told from the perspective of Pharaoh Ramses II, the story focuses on a man blessed with divine responsibilities but cursed with human flaws, who can be characterized as both a great leader and a horrific villain.

Torn between love for his family and duty to his people, Ramses tries to rule as wisely as possible, even though he faces impossible challenges and a wrathful deity.

 



From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at notestoself@msn.com.

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