Razar the Unhero: “Necromancer”
7+1 pgs. Appeared first time [B&W] in Grim Wit #1 (1972) [VERS.1]. Reprinted [B&W] in Richard Corben Complete Works #2 (1986) [VERS.2], and redrawn with additional page [COLOR] in Children of Fire #2 (1988) [VERS.3].
Story/Color(colored by overlays in Children of Fire)/Art: Richard Corben (signed as Richard Corben, 1972, in CoF: Richard Corben, 1972, 1987). Lettered by hand (Corben), except in Children of Fire: printed (Corben).
France [FRA]: as “Fatale méprise” in Razar le lâche (1976).
Germany [GER]: as “Necromancer [GER] [VERS.1]” in U-Comix Sonderband [GER] #3 (1974), as “Nekrohexer” in Schwermetall #71 (1985) and Schwermetall, Neue Sammelband #11.
Italy [ITA]: as “Necromante” in Alter alter 13/83.
The Netherlands [NL]: as “Necromancer [NL] [VERS.1]” in U-Comix Sonderband [NL] #3.
Spain [SPA]: as “El nigromante [VERS.1]” in Totem #11 and Richard Corben obras completas #5 (1985).
Sweden [SWE]: as “Häxmastaren [VERS.1]” in Pox Special #3 (3/85).
Style: Greytonal / Color with black line. Genre: Fantasy / Humour. Time Span: Ancient past. Nudity: Half naked girl.
Keywords: Unhero. Betrayal. Kidnapping. Zombies. Sorcerer.
Original Art Plate: 25,5 x 36,5 cm [Source: Angoulême, 2019].
Synopsis: Razar the Unhero escorts voluptuous girl, M’luba [[VERS.3] also as Mluba several times]. A bandit kidnaps girl and Razar finds them out. A sorcerer kidnaps girl from bandit to his ceremony and Razar misses the act.
Comment: B&W and color artwork lacks of interestingness, again only voluptuous girl collects all merits. Story of his own is too complex for as short story as this one.
Alternative, [VERS.2]: As close to the orignal as possible. On pg 1 lower left frame added text, “© 1972 Richard Corben.”, and from the balloon with text, “Deserted!”, on pg 6 frame 1 tonal background removed.
Alternative, [VERS.3]: During coloring Corben divides one page (page three) as two. Upper part of page three is totally new artwork with never before existing conversation with the girl and bandit. On page four there is most of frames from old page three (one additional frame without text on it). There is minor text changes all the way during story, but first page is totally rewritten, because nude girl has now negligée and jewelry (in the beginning dialogue was originally about girl’s nakedness). Bandit was about to ask ransom from girl’s rich daddy [VERS.1], but here from her future husband.
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Created: August 24, 1997. Last updated: April 12, 2020 at 10:32 am