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The Rook


1. cover: Richard Corben (Nov. 1979)

1) The Rook: The Original Master Of Time [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 27p

2) Buck Blaster And The Starbusters [Nicola Cuti & Bill DuBay/Jimmy Janes & Rudy Nebres]

12p


3) The Tin Man: The Time To Be Forgotten! [Bill DuBay/Jimmy Janes & Alfredo Alcala] 8p

[color]


4) Bolt [Rich Margopoulous/Alex Nino] 12p

5) The Rook Ad [Rudy Nebres] 1p


Notes: Publishers: James Warren. Editor: Bill DuBay. $1.75 cover price with 72 pages. After two and a half years of running in Eerie, the Rook got his own magazine. The Rook met H. G. Wells’ original Timetraveler in a strong story with beautiful artwork. ‘The Tin Man’ featured the robot Manners from the Rook strip in his own story. ‘Bolt’ looked like it would have made a great serial for Eerie but this was its only appearance. Naturally, the Rook was cover featured for all 14 issues. The Rook magazine was also unique at Warren for never having a letters’ page.
2. cover: Bob Larkin (Feb. 1980)

1) The Rook: The Original Master Of Time, part 2 [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 22p [story credited to

Will Richardson]

2) The Fighting Armenian [Bill DuBay/Romeo Tanghal & Rudy Nebres] 20p

3) Voltar [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 16p
Notes: Editor Bill DuBay reinvented himself as Will Richardson. The Fighting Armenian was a supposedly comical Russian version of Superman. The Rook & his supporting cast guest starred in his story. Alcala’s Voltar character had been invented in the Phillipines back in the 1960s, thus predating Conan’s comic debut here in the States. He debuted in America in Magic Carpet #1 (1977) with scripting by Manuel Auad. The American version of Voltar looked exactly like the Buscema/Alcala illustrated version of Conan and could even be considered by some as a Conan clone {or vice-versa}, but Alcala’s art was spectacular here, with double-page spreads and individual panels of such startling clarity that it put much of the work being done on Conan to shame. If you’re an art lover, Voltar is something you’ve just got to have.
3. cover: Bob Larkin (June 1980)

1) The Rook: The Original Master Of Time!, part 3 [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 23p [story credited

to Will Richardson]

2) Bravo For Adventure [Alex Toth] 24p

3) Voltar, part 2 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 9p [story credited to Will Richardson]
Notes: $1.75 for 64 pages. ‘Bravo For Adventure’ was done in 1976 but Toth had been unable to find a home for it. This great two-part adventure totally justified giving the Rook his own title. Two good and one great story here with three superior art jobs. A great issue!
4. cover: Nestor Redondo (Aug. 1980)

1) The Rook: Master Of The World [Budd Lewis/Lee Elias] 19p

2) Bravo For Adventure, part 2 [Alex Toth] 25p

3) Voltar, part 3 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 10p [story credited to Will Richardson]


Notes: The Rook borrowed this episode’s title and villain {Robur} from a Jules Verne novel and the lead character also met writers Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and William Sidney Porter {aka O Henry} as well as real life outlaw Al Jennings. Another great issue!
5. cover: Jordi Penalva (Oct. 1980)

1) The Rook: Master Of The World, part 2 [Budd Lewis/Lee Elias] 20p

2) Viking Prince [Jose Ortiz] 19p

3) Voltar, part 5 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 11p [story credited to Will Richardson]


Notes: O Henry’s fictional creations the Cisco Kid & Poncho appeared in the Rook’s episode. Ortiz’s ‘Viking Prince’ had appeared years earlier in Europe as ‘Sigur The Viking’.
6. cover: Bob Larkin (Dec. 1980)

1) The Rook: Master Of The World, part 3 [Budd Lewis/Lee Elias] 22p

2) Viking Prince, part 2 [Jose Ortiz] 22p

3) Voltar, part 6 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 6p [story credited to Will Richardson]


Notes: Besides the Rook, Sherlock Holmes was cover featured. The Rook strip was quite crowded with the Rook, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, O Henry, Al Jennings, the Cisco Kid, Pancho and Robur joined by Sherlock Holmes.
7. cover: Jordi Penalva (Feb. 1981)

1) The Rook: The Coming Of Coral Dane! [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 20p [story credited to

Will Richardson]

2) Joe Guy, America’s Foremost Hero! [Jim Stenstrum/Abel Laxamana] 20p

3) Voltar, part 7 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 7p [story credited to Will Richardson]
Notes: Cover price is $1.95 for 64 pages. The Rook’s original team returned for a superior serial. Although Stenstrum’s was being cutesy about it, Joe Guy {the guy with the permanent grin} was apparently supposed to be Superman’s son.
8. cover: Bob Larkin (Apr. 1981)

1) The Rook: The Coming Of Billy Dane! [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 20p [story credited to Will

Richardson]

2) Joe Guy, America’s Foremost Hero!, part 2 [Jim Stenstrum/Abel Laxamana] 15p

3) Kronos [Lee Elias] 8p

4) Voltar, part 8 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 10p [story credited to Will Richardson]


Notes: $2.00 cover price. ‘Kronos’ was reprinted from the first two issues of Joe Kubert’s short-lived tabloid, Sojourn, which appeared in 1977. The art was reformatted for magazine publication. Later episodes were done in 1981 though, not 1977. The Joe Guy story here was quite good.
9. cover: Bob Larkin (June 1981)

1) The Rook: To Checkmate A King! [Bill DuBay/Luis Bermejo] 10p [story credited to Will

Richardson]

2) Joe Guy, America’s Foremost Hero!: Cardinal Synn, Archfiend Of The Universe! [Jim

Stenstrum/Abel Laxamana] 12p

3) Kronos, part 2 [Lee Elias] 21p

4) Voltar, part 9 [Bill DuBay/Alfredo Alcala] 9p
Notes: No fool he, Bill DuBay must have taken one look at Lee Elias’ artwork & story for the excellent revival of ‘Kronos’ and decided Elias needed the extra pages more than the Rook. After ‘Bravo For Adventure’, ‘Kronos’ was easily the best serial that The Rook ran. Voltar concluded his run, and if it wasn’t a great sword & sorcery tale, at least it was up to the level of the average Conan story in Savage Sword. Good issue.
10. cover: Jordi Penalva (Aug. 1981)

1) The Rook: A Time For Love Lost! [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 21p [story credited to Will

Richardson]

2) Joe Guy, America’s Foremost Hero!: Dad! [Jim Stenstrum/Abel Laxamana] 12p

3) Kronos, part 3 [Lee Elias] 11p

4) Sherlock Holmes: The Singular Case Of The Anemic Heir! [Bill DuBay & Kevin Duane/Anton

Caravana] 9p [DuBay’s contribution credited to Will Richardson]
Notes: This cover was originally advertised as the cover for #6. Since it featured ‘The Protectors’, who guest-starred in the Rook’s strip, one could assume that their origin story was to have debuted in #6, but was delayed for some reason until #11, while their guest-starring appearance here was used to prime the pump for their own series. The previous Rook serial had set up some major changes in the Rook’s supporting cast and this issue’s story helped clear up some of the ramifications. Although he’s never actually identified as such, Joe’s dad, DC’s Superman, guest-starred in Joe’s story. ‘Kronos’ was the best story here although the new addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon was interesting.
11. cover: Bob Larkin (Oct. 1981)

1) The Rook [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 16p [story credited to Will Richardson]

2) The Protectors [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 8p [story credited to Will Richardson]

3) Uncle Zorro [Bill DuBay/Jose Ortiz] 12p

4) Kronos, part 4 [Lee Elias] 11p
Notes: The Rook story was untitled. The Protectors’ first story led directly from the Rook story preceding it, leading me to believe that the original story was greatly reworked between the time it was supposed to debut in #6 and its appearance here. ‘Uncle Zorro’ was a good reworking of the Zorro legend but, although clearly intended to be continued, this was its only appearance. ‘Kronos’ ended its impressive run. Jim Stenstrum was listed as co-editor for this issue only.
12. cover: Bob Larkin (Dec. 1981)

1) The Rook: The Goblin [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 19p

2) The Bat [Bill DuBay/Nestor Redondo] 6p

3) The Protectors, part 2 [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 7p

4) Dagger: Marshmallow Don’t Weep! [Don McGregor/Bill Draut] 12p

5) Eagle [Colin Dawkins/John Severin] 6p [story credited to John Severin]


Notes: The Goblin appeared on the cover with the Rook and made his first appearance since Eerie #71 (Jan. 1976), guest-starring in the Rook’s story. The Rook also guest-starred in the Protectors’ strip. ‘Eagle’ was reprinted from Sojourn #1 (1977) and was printed sideways. Don McGregor’s ‘Dagger’ strip mined the same territory and time period as Alex Toth’s earlier ‘Bravo For Adventure’. It was’nt up to the quality of that story but it was interesting, none the less.
13. cover: Jordi Penalva (Feb. 1982)

1) The Rook: The Dane Curse! [Budd Lewis/Luis Bermejo] 10p

2) The Goblin! [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 6p

3) Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet [Jim Stenstrum/Noly Panaligan] 11p from the story by

Arthur Conan Doyle

4) Joe Guy, America’s Foremost Hero!: Air Whale Express [Jim Stenstrum/Abel Laxamana] 12p

5) The Fighting Armenian [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 6p

6) Eagle, part 2 [Colin Dawkins/John Severin] 6p


Notes: The Fighting Armenian shared the cover with the Rook. ‘The Goblin’ strip led directly from the Rook strip of the previous issue. This episode of ‘Eagle’ was reprinted from Sojourn #2 from 1977. The Sherlock Holmes adaptation was quite good. In fact, the only poor story in the entire issue was the inane ‘Fighting Armenian’ episode.
14. cover: Jordi Penalva (Apr. 1982)

1) First The Bad New…Now The Good News! [Timothy Moriarty/Lee Elias] 1p [frontis,

announces The Rook’s cancellation & the debut of The Goblin]

2) The Rook: The Dane Curse, part 2 [Budd Lewis/Luis Bermejo] 12p

3) Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet, part 2 [Jim Stenstrum/Noly Panaligan] 10p

4) The Goblin: Goblin Night! [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 10p

5) The Fighting Armenian: Heroes [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 6p

6) Eagle, part 3 [Colin Dawkins/John Severin] 7p


Notes: Final issue. Edited by Timothy Moriarty. Both the Rook & Sherlock Holmes strips would be concluded in Eerie. The Fighting Armenian also moved there. While not earth-shaking in any way, The Rook maintained its quality throughout its brief run and there’s some surprising good material here for the collector.

The Goblin


1. cover: Rudy Nebres (June 1982)

1) Goblin’s Garrulous Gossip [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Goblin [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 14p

3) Tin Man! [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 10p

4) Phil Photon And The Troll Patrol [Bill DuBay/Michael Golden & Rudy Nebres] 8p [color]

5) The Micro-Buccaneers [Timothy Moriarty/Luis Bermejo] 8p

6) Wizard Wormglow [Timothy Moriarty/Abel Laxamana] 8p
Notes: Publisher: James Warren. Editor: Bill DuBay. $2.25 for 64 pages. Taking the publishing slot of the cancelled Rook magazine was The Goblin, beautifully illustrated by Lee Elias. None of the Goblin issues had a painted cover. Instead, all were pen & ink illos by Nebres. The Goblin strip itself continued directly from The Rook #14. ‘Tin Man!’ had nothing to do with Manners, the Tin Man from The Rook’s supporting cast. ‘Phil Photon And The Troll Patrol’ was a cheap-looking untrimmed color insert. Why DuBay hired Michael Golden, one of the most distinctive pencilers in the business, to do this story and then completely covered any trace of his work by letting Rudy Nebres ink him is puzzling.
2. cover: Rudy Nebres (Aug. 1982)

1) Goblin’s Garrulous Gossip [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Goblin [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias] 26p

3) Philo Photon And The Troll Patrol [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 8p [color]

4) The Micro-Buccaneers [Timothy Moriarty/Luis Bermejo] 9p

5) Wizard Wormglow: Fantastic Void [Timothy Moriarty/Abel Laxamana] 8p


3. cover: Rudy Nebres (Oct. 1982)

1) Goblin’s Garrulous Gossip [Timothy Moriarty] 1p [text article]

2) The Goblin [Bill DuBay/Lee Elias & Alex Nino] 20p

3) Tin Man [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 6p

4) Philo Photon And The Troll Patrol [Bill DuBay/Rudy Nebres] 8p [color]

5) The Micro-Buccaneers [Timothy Moriarty/Luis Bermejo] 8p

6) Wizard Wormglow: Catastro The Convertible [Timothy Moriarty/Abel Laxamana] 9p
Notes: Final issue. Timothy Moriarty became the editor. The Goblin barely appears {just the tip of his helmet} on the cover of his own magazine. A fourth issue was announced in the December dated Warren issues but it never appeared. The Goblin story this issue was quite good with the Goblin and a young friend going on a tour of the universe. Elias drew the Goblin & friend figures in the foregrounds and Nino illustrated the wonderous views of the universe, mostly with bizarre two-page spreads. Somehow, it all works.

Odds & Ends

The Monster World comics


1. The Mummy [Russ Jones/Dan Adkins & Wally Wood] 6p printed in Monster World #1 (Nov. 1964)

2. The Mummy’s Hand [Russ Jones/Joe Orlando] 7p printed in Monster World #2 (Jan. 1965)

3. Curse Of Frankenstein [Russ Jones/Joe Orlando & Angelo Torres] 7p printed in Monster World #3

(Apr. 1965)


Notes: These were adaptations of Universal monster films from the 1930s. The first two actually predated the first appearance of Creepy. Both of these were reprinted in either Creepy or Eerie in 1967. The third story was reprinted in Famous Monsters Of Filmland but never appeared in the main horror titles.

The Odd Comic World Of Richard Corben


1. cover: Richard Corben (1977)

1) Introduction [Will Eisner/Richard Corben] 4p [text article, Corben’s art from interior panels]

2) Horrilor’s Introduction [Richard Corben] 1p reprinted from Grim Wit #2 (1973)

3) The Dweller In The Dark [Herb Arnold/Richard Corben] 11p reprinted from Hot Stuf’ #3

(Winter 1976)

4) Horrilor’s Introduction [Richard Corben] 1p reprinted from Grim Wit #1 (1972?)

5) Razar The Unhero [Starr Armitage/Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from Fantagor #1 (1970)

6) Mangle, Robot Mangler [Richard Corben] 6p reprinted from Slow Death #4 (197?)

7) How Howie Made It In The Real World [Richard Corben] 8p reprinted from Slow Death #2

(1970)


8) For The Love Of A Daemon [Richard Corben] 7p [color] reprinted from Fantagor #4 (1972)

9) Damsel In Dragon Dress [Doug Moench/Richard Corben] 6p [color] reprinted from Grim

Wit #2 (1973)

10) C-Dopey [Richard Corben] 8p [color] reprinted from Up From The Deep #1 (1972)

11) Space Jacked [Richard Corben] 10p [color] reprinted from Fantagor #4 (1972)

12) Going Home [Richard Corben] 8p [color] reprinted from Up From The Deep #1 (1972)


Notes: Publisher: James Warren. Editor: Josep Toutain? The cover and titlepage listed the book as a Warren Adult Fantasy Publication. It was printed in Spain and sold via mail order from the Captain Company pages in the back of the Warren magazines. This trade paperback collected a number of Corben’s underground stories.

The Best Of Blazing Combat


1. cover: Frank Frazetta (1978) reprinted from Blazing Combat #4 (July 1966)

1) Introduction [James Warren] 1p [text article]

2) Give And Take [Archie Goodwin/Russ Heath] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #4 (July

1966)


3) U-Boat [Archie Goodwin/Gene Colan] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #3 (Apr. 1966)

4) Landscape! [Archie Goodwin/Joe Orlando] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #2 (Jan. 1966)

5) Foragers [Archie Goodwin/Reed Crandall] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #3 (Apr. 1966)

6) The Edge! [Archie Goodwin/Alex Toth] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #3 (July 1966)

7) Holding Action [Archie Goodwin/John Severin] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #2 (Jan.

1966)


8) Water Hole! [Archie Goodwin/Gray Morrow] 5p reprinted from Blazing Combat #3 (Apr.

1966)


9) Conflict! [Archie Goodwin/Gene Colan] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #4 (July 1966)

10) Special Forces! [Archie Goodwin/Jerry Grandenetti & Joe Orlando] 7p reprinted from


Blazing Combat #3 (Apr. 1966) [art credited solely to Joe Orlando]

11) Saratoga [Archie Goodwin/Reed Crandall] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #2 (Jan. 1966)

12) The Trench! [Archie Goodwin/John Severin] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #4 (July

1966)


13) Viet Cong [Archie Goodwin/Joe Orlando] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #1 (Oct. 1965)

14) The Battle Of Britain! [Wally Wood/Dan Adkins & Wally Wood] 7p reprinted from Blazing

Combat #3 (Apr. 1966) [art credited solely to Wood]

15) Flying Tigers! [Archie Goodwin/George Evans] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #1 (Oct.

1965)

16) Long View! [Archie Goodwin/Gray Morrow] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #1 (Oct.



1965)

17) MIG Alley [Archie Goodwin/Al McWilliams] 6p reprinted from Blazing Combat #2 (Jan.

1966)

18) Enemy! [Archie Goodwin/John Severin] 7p reprinted from Blazing Combat #1 (Oct. 1965)



19) Cover Gallery [Frank Frazetta] 4p [color]
Notes: Editor: Louise Jones. Not a magazine, but an actual early trade paperback. This book is fairly rare, possibly due to the binding which was the sort that split, cracked and fell apart almost upon opening. Excellent collection, though, if you can find it.

Unpublished magazines

Comix International was originally to be Warren’s entry into underground comixs. Keith Green was to be the editor but as far as I know nothing was produced for it. The title was later used for the color section reprint magazine.


POW!, from 1971, was to be Warren’s initial entry into a more adult-oriented (read—lots of nudity) magazine. Edited by Nicola Cuti, a cover by Frazetta (‘Queen Kong’, printed as the cover to Eerie #81 in 1978) and one story were actually completed. That story, ‘Incident At Laurenhurst’ was published as ‘I Wonder Who’s Squeezing Her Now?’ in 1984 #5 in 1979. Another story, ‘Mother Earth’—two pages of which appear in The Warren Companion—was started but not completed by Archie Goodwin & Jeff Jones.
Yesterday…Today, Tomorrow, from 1976, was developed by Josef Toutain as a magazine that would put as much emphasis on science fiction as horror. Two presentation pieces and two covers were done for the magazine as well as a full slate of stories for the first issue. One of the presentation pieces, by Vicente Segrelles, appeared as the cover to Creepy #124, with the destroyed Effel Tower in the background replaced by a New York city skyline. Three of the stories: ‘Macchu Picchu’, ‘U.F.O.’ and ‘Exorcism’ {as ‘The Terrible Exorcism Of Adriennes Pompereau’} appeared, heavily rewritten, in Vampirella in 1977. Three more stories were listed: ‘The Sprinx’ {credited to S.I. artists}, ‘Too Many…’ {credited to Josep Toutin & Jose Gonzalez} and ‘The Awakening’ {uncredited, but probably a Richard Corben story} that did not appear in a Warren magazine, at least not under those titles. Whether they appeared elsewhere is unknown. The two covers I’ve seen are both science fiction in nature—the first is by Manuel Sanjulian and depicts a rather awkward looking man and a naked woman in a devastated New York, confronting a giant rat coming up the steps of the 8th Avenue subway entrance. The second cover {also possibly by Sanjulian} shows an astronaut on one of Saturn’s moons with giant Easter Island heads around him. With an awkward title and run-of-the-mill stories it’s probably a good thing this magazine never saw the light of day.

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