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National Poetry Month Selection – Robert E. Howard

For the past couple of years the King Features blog Ask a Cartoonist had us pick a favorite poem. Last year I picked a classic, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman.

This year I’m going to my favorite pulp writer, Robert E. Howard.
For anyone unfamiliar with Robert E. Howard, his most popular creation was Conan the barbarian – a classic pulp fiction character if ever there was one.

Conan by Frank Frazetta
Conan by Frank Frazetta

This poem I chose is Solomon Kane’s Homecoming.
The recording which follows came with the hardcover collection
“The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane” (1998).

Solomon

It was illustrated by Gary Gianni, who drew King Features’ own Prince Valiant for a number of years – and beautifully so. Here’s a link: Gary Gianni – Prince Valiant.


And now, without further ado, Solomon Kane’s Homecoming – Read by Paul Blake.

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Gary Gianni – Prince Valiant

Time for some Gary Gianni Prince Valiant art!

Quick back story: Gianni assisted John Cullen Murphy for a couple dozen pages between 2001-04 before taking over the art chores on March 28, 2004. His last page was March 25, 2012. The artwork is currently being done by Tom Yeates and written by Mark Schultz.

Now for some art!

Here are some large panels he did where the artwork is really given a chance to shine. The first panel (6/6/2004) was written by John Cullen Murphy’s son, Cullen Murphy. The rest were written by Mark Schultz.


I didn’t have a lot of files for 2011 on hand – so these last panels are near the end of his run in 2012.

January 8, 2012
January 8, 2012 – Recognize Val’s comrade-in-arms…?
February 12, 2012
February 12, 2012 – 75th Anniversary strip.
Final Strip - March 25, 2012
Final Strip – March 25, 2012

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For more of Gary Gianni’s art, check out his website at garygianni.com and get a preview of his latest work on the 2014 George R. R. Martin calendar.

Martin Calendar

And for more of his work on Prince Valiant, check out Flesk Publications.

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And lest I forget…
Many thanks to Emile Schwarz, from the Yahoo Classic Adventure Newspaper Comic Strips group for help in providing me with some of these files!

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Gary Gianni – The Prince Valiant Page

For those who haven’t already heard, Tom Yeates has replaced Gary Gianni on the Prince Valiant strip.

To commemorate Gianni’s run, I STRONGLY suggest Flesk Publications’ The Prince Valiant Page. I finally picked it up myself recently when I was at C2E2 this year. Gary Gianni had sold all the copies he had brought to Saturday’s show, so he promised to bring more on Sunday. I was so busy running around Sunday that I almost missed him – he had packed up when I finally got to his table. The picture below was taken just as he was about to leave (with my copy in hand).

Gary Gianni

Flesk Publications did a fantastic job on the reproductions in this book. Gianni chronicles the transition between John Cullen Murphy and himself with a generous amount of artwork and reference. There’s also foldout pages so you can see the Sunday pages at their best.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

-Jim Keefe.