Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Hound From Hell!

Ken Barr
How it is I have traveled this far and this long in the comic book collecting world and never gotten hold of these two Sherlock Holmes comic magazines from Mighty Marvel is beyond me. Nowadays they are hard to find and expensive to buy, but it was not always so. How it is with all the attention Sherlock Holmes has gotten in recent years that Marvel has not seen fit to reprint these two awesome issues of Marvel Preview in some format or other is beyond me. They seem downright eager to press as much of their Bronze Age material into trades as humanly possible. These black and white gems would find an audience, of that I'm certain.


If you'd like to read the first part of the adaptation by Doug Moench featuring artwork by Wally Wood graduates Val Mayerik and Dan Adkins check it out here.

Kenn Barr
Ken Barr really outdid himself on the two covers he produced. The first is one of the best images of the Hound I've ever seen, palpable but eerie and ghostly nonetheless. The cover above is less antic, but still plenty atmospheric.


Tony DeZuniga had to step in to finish off the Val Mayerik artwork in the second half of the famous saga. To read the finale of this almost-Doyle classic go here.

Someday I will own these books, or the reprint of same. They are just too good to let slide any longer. Marvel hear my pleas. Reprint this story for the good of all humanity.

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4 comments:

  1. Both Marvel and DC did Sherlock Holmes projects in 1975.
    DC's was a standard comic-format book with a fantastic, moody, Walt Simonson cover and adapted Doyle's "Final Problem" and "Adventure of the Empty House" by Denny O'Neil and E R Cruz (who were the current team on The Shadow)!
    Neither project went any further or has bever been reprinted, perhaps due to a cease-and-desist from the Doyle Estate...

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    1. I have the DC Sherlock scheduled for later.

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  2. Marvel originally intended (judging by ads and subscription forms) for Sherlock Holmes to carry his own b&w mag, but decided against it for some reason. These two stories are all we got from Marvel. Thanks for the links/plug, amigo!

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    1. Thank you for the awesome posts to link to. Apparently there was a rights problem for Sherlock back then, hard to believe in these days of endless Sherlock pastiches.

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