Lost Planet (1987) on Eclipse is the first part of a six-issue mini-series written and drawn by Bo Hampton. There's a
back up story adaptation of a Brothers Grimm
story, Godfather Death
adapted and drawn by Scott Hampton (Bo's brother). Both brothers are
adept at drawing. The stories are both hand lettered by Tracy Hampton,
which added a nice touch. I mention this as this is back in the day
before computer lettering, but also there's a short biography of both Bo
and Scott along with their families and the artistic backgrounds from
where they came.
The first part of Lost Planet: Thin Air opens with a bit of foreshadowing when a primitive
man seeks shelter from a rain storm and enters a cave and disappears.
story shifts to South America in 1937 as a tribe of natives have
captured two fortune hunters tied to a tree and readied for
slaughter--one has an arrow in his neck already. It's a scene somewhat
reminiscent of the pulps and the Indiana Jones films.
the protagonist, Tyler Flynn is killed, however, someone comes to save
him. Later he explains to his young ally that he is searching for a
mountain called Ojo Del Diablo. The young native knows where it is and
takes him to the location, but disappears before Flynn can thank him.
finds a cave opening into the mountain, we learn he is in search of a
cache of emeralds. He goes through a portal and disappears. This
begins the tale, which is much like John Carter of Mars, and other pulps
heroes. Tyler finds himself a stranger in a
strange land and is captured by a dark tyrant known as Zorrin. Zorrin
tells one of his henchmen to take him to an island until he figures out
what to do with him.
Tyler gets to the island he rest from his ordeal. But once he wakes up
he goes to a tavern and meets a woman and her pet baboon. We find out
the woman is an archer whose name is Romney, and she tells him that she
knows a magician, Ambrose, who can help him get him back to his own
this same time, Zorrin's troops have shown up to take Tyler back with
them. Tyler and Romney flee capture, and this begins Tyler's quest to
get back home. I like the tale as it influenced by the pulps and also
filled with dinosaurs and action.
the Lost Planet and the back up story are drawn really well. Bo
Hampton's art reminds me a bit of a mixture of Al Williamson or Gray
Morrow, where his brother, Scott's art, reminds me a bit of
Charles Vess. The back up story is nicely done in a gray wash, but
some panels are too small and it's hard at times to make out the action
within the panel. Both though are nice SF fantasy stories and
worthwhile for the adventure fan.
If you enjoy alternative, independent, or underground comics, and would like to hear some interviews with their creators, check out the site, Inkstuds hosted by Robin McConnell.
I think I bookmarked this site long ago, but somehow forgot about it, but a friend mentioned it (hey, Mob
) on his blog site, and rekindled my interest. I just got through downloading a three-part interview with Gary Panter. He's one of the creators of Peewee's Playhouse back in the day. He's also from a small town in East Texas, and I enjoy his insights about art and pop culture. This is the perfect thing I like to listen to while walking and getting some exercise. I also downloaded the podcast by Seth, David Lloyd, Dylan Horrocks, Joe Matt, Peter Kruper, and there's a bunch more I want to grab. Check it out, ah blissville.