“Vic and Blood”
Pages 1 and 13.
12+19+18[-1]+13 pgs. Appeared first time [B&W] in Vic and Blood #1 (1987) to #2 (1988). Reprinted [COLOR] in Vic and Blood [TB] (1989), [COLOR] in Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003).
Story: Harlan Ellison. Art: Richard Corben (signed as Corb). Color: NBM. Lettering: Diane Valentino. Logo (in the first comic book version): Diane Valentino & Kevin Nowlan. Editor (in the first comic book version): Jan Strnad.
Germany [GER]: as “Vic und Blood [GER]: Die Geschichte eines Jungen und seines Hundes”, as one [COLOR] in Vic und Blood [GER]: Die Geschichte eines Jungen und seines Hundes (1988).
France [FRA]: as “Vic & Blood [FRA]”, a [B&W] 5 part series in USA magazine [II] #37 (1988) to #41/42 (1989), and as one [COLOR] in Vic & Blood [FRA] (1989).
Italy [ITA]: as “Vic & Blood [ITA]”, a [COLOR] 4 part series in L’Eternauta #77 to #80 (1989), and as one [B&W] in La nuova mongolfiera #34: Vic & Blood [ITA] (1991).
Spain [SPA]: as “Vic & Blood [SPA]”, a [B&W] 2 part series in Vic & Blood [SPA] #1 to #2 (1989), and as one [B&W] in Super Vic & Blood [SPA] (1989), and as “Rastrero” / “Un muchacho y su perro” / “Corre pequeño corre”, as one [COLOR] in Cimoc extra color #72: Vic & Blood [SPA] [TB] (1990).
- “Eggsucker”. 12 pgs. Vic and Blood #1 (1987)
- “A Boy and his Dog”, Part 1(2). 19 pgs. Vic and Blood #1 (1987)
- “A Boy and his Dog”, Part 2(2)]. 18[-1] pgs. Vic and Blood #2 (1988)
- “Run, Spot, Run”. 13 pgs. Vic and Blood #2 (1988)
Style: Black line / Full color. Genre: SF. Time Span: Future. Nudity: One scene with nude girl.
Keywords: Holocaust. Companion. Telepathy. Hide-away. Zombies. Girls. Spiders. Ghosts.
Original Art Plate: 30,5 x 40,6 cm [Source: Angoulême, 2019].
Story Origin: The entire comics story adaptation covers all three parts of novel (“Blood’s a Rover”) Harlan Ellison has said he would write about Vic and Blood: “Eggsucker” (first time published in 1977, reprinted also in Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003)), “A Boy and his Dog” (April 1969, reprinted also in Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003)) and “Run, Spot, Run” (Jan. 1981, excerpt reprinted also in Vic and Blood [TB-2nd] (2003)).
Synopsis: After holocaust people try to survive. Dogs’ got an ability to communicate with men by telepahty. Females rare spieces. Some people live underneath. Zombies the most scared beings.
Comics Origin: Richard Corben started drawing the beginning in February 1973. Harlan Ellison was famous for stretching the decisions to go on with the stories. [Read more Infinity #5 (1973), the interview by Jan Strnad].
Comment: Classical Harlan story with a brilliant Corben artwork. Tradeback version colored badly by NBM. Background info (what happened before the beginning of the story) in the first B&W and Tradeback versions says, “World War III lasted from 25 June 1950 — to January 1993” and “World War IV broke out on American Independence Day, 4 July 1995”. But the 2nd Tradeback version’s got three different segments for WWIII; the first one was as mentioned above, WWIII.2 “began either in 1987 — or December of 1994” and WWIII.3 “began on 11 September 2001 — lasted till two weeks after Ramadan in the year 2021”, and WWIV “broke out on the 215th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe – 19 January 2024”. In all versions WWIV lasted for 5 days.
Alternatives: The first page of comic book version #2 tells shortly what happened in prev. part. This page does not exist in the full lenght versions (extra art on it!).
Special: The front cover of the first Tradeback a collage of separate bits and pieces from the original story! Partly redrawn. The collage and coloring made by Mark Wheatley.
Movie: See also a movie version of the same story, A Boy and his Dog (1975). Incl. link to the net movie.
Scanned from Spanish print. Apparently similar with the original English print.
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Created: August 13, 2006. Last updated: February 7, 2021 at 19:28 pm