Razar the Unhero: “To Spear a Fair Maiden”
8 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Fantagor #2 (1971) [VERS.1]. Reprinted [COLOR] in Richard Corben Complete Works #2 (1986) [VERS.2] and [COLOR] in Children of Fire #1 (1987) [VERS.3].
Story: Jan Strand. Color(colored by overlays in Children of Fire)/Art: Richard Corben (signed as Richard Corben). Lettered by hand (Corben), except in [VERS.3]: printed (Corben).
France [FRA]: as “La demoiselle tu planteras” in Razar le lâche (1976) and Sueurs froides (1983).
Germany [GER]: as “Die Jungfrau“, in Schwermetall #70 (1985) and Schwermetall, Neue Sammelband #10.
Italy [ITA]: as “Come violare una timida fanciulla” in Alter alter 2/77.
Spain [SPA]: as “Cómo salvar a una bella doncella” in Totem especial USA #1 and Richard Corben obras completas #5 (1985).
Style: Color with black line. Genre: Fantasy / Humour. Time Span: Ancient past. Nudity: Voluptuous girl.
Keywords: Unhero. Sorcerer. Rape. Kidnapping. Fee.
Synopsis: Rich landlord asks Razar to rape his virgin daughter to spoil sorcerer’s needs for his rite. Girl escapes from Razar into arms of kidnapper (sorcerer) and gives willingly her virginity to him. Deed is done and Razar wants to collect his fee.
Comment: In the series of Razar the Unhero stories (now story by Jan Strnad) Corben’s artwork has lack of interest. Comic’s story goes through some kind of transformation into complete different, but that is it’s only merit.
Humour: There is a red erected finger on second page’s last frame. According to the original story, landlord ought to say, ” I would do it [loosing his daughter from her virginity!] myself, had age not robbed me of my resources – -“. I.e. they put some interesting ideas into story this time, but in [VERS.3] there is no such thing.
Alternatives [VERS.2]: This version is as close to the original as possible, except some of screamed texts has been removed they color: bottom on pg 2, “Screw her ya goddamn fool!!” was green in the original, and “Demon!”, bottom on pg 3 was red. Saying on bottom of pg 3, “Oh whatta fix!” was bolded; saying on top of pg 4 mid frame, “My dear prince!” was missing though the word balloon exists; text, and “Later” on bottom of pg 7 was strangely rewritten (the original text was more clear). On past page first frame the yellow has lost it’s magenta and on last frame yellow is very light compared to right yellow in the original.
Alternatives [VERS.3] (see also above): girl’s seethrough night dress is now more blur. On last frame of sixth page girl is not naked but still in night dress and she does not offer herself so visually to Bido (saying, “- – my fruit is ripe!” has been changed to , “- – I’m ready.”). On frame one on pg 6 she does not hold her breast anymore. There is minor text changes all the way. On second page’s farest left frame says (in original story), “Screw her you goddamn fool!!” has been changed to “Rape! Rape! She has to be raped! Must I draw a diagram, you idiot!”. On last frame of thrid page girl says, “Demon!”, here there is printed “Demon!” and under it a red color letters from original hand lettered word “Demon!”; of course these two different words do not fit together. In this version the “Later” on bottom of pg 7 is the same as in the original version. And the entire comic story has ben recolored, now towards the 3D looking results!
Extras: The Jan Strnad interview (February, March 2001)
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Created: August 23, 1997. Last updated: July 11, 2019 at 20:24 pm