First Look: Elric – The Eternal Champion, coming in January

Elric - The Eternal Champion

Two powerhouses of astounding fantasy illustration – Philippe Druillet (Salammbo, The Night, Lone Sloane) and James Cawthorn (Hawkmoon, The Chronicles of Corum, Conan the Barbarian) team up to bring to life two rarely-seen early adventures featuring iconic anti-hero Elric of Melniboné in the upcoming Elric – The Eternal Champion collection, out in January 2021 under Titan Comics Statix Press imprint.

Michael Moorcock weaves a stunning blend of magic, heroism, and wonder as his legendary Eternal Champion Elric features in two rarely seen adventures, in this, the latest volume of classic fantasy from the Michael Moorcock Library.

It’s available to pre-order now from your local book or comic shop, or here from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link).

James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art

James Cawthorn is well known to both Elric and Tarzan fans for his early work on the British fanzine Burroughsiana, edited by Michael Moorcock from 1956-1958, and for Erbania, edited by Pete Ogden during the same period. He also illustrated for Tarzan Adventures, a series of Tarzan comics interspersed with other stories and articles, also edited by Michael Moorcock.

James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art was originally intended to be a modest memorial by Maureen Cawthorn Bell for her artist brother following his death in 2008, but as noted in this review by John Coulthart, the book grew into a heavyweight volume of 448 pages containing over 800 individual pieces of art: book covers, illustrations for magazines and fanzines, private pieces for friends and relatives, and many sketches or preliminary works, most of which have never seen print before.

THE MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY: ELRIC THE ETERNAL CHAMPION COLLECTION
Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artists: Philippe Druillet, James Cawthorn
Publisher: Titan Comics
Imprint: Statix Press
Hardcover, 56pp, $19.99, £17.99
On sale January 2021
ISBN: 9781785869556

• Steve Holland reviews James Cawthorn: The Man and his Art her on Bear Alley

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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