Saturday, February 24, 2007
Department of Lost Barbarians 2
I promised last time that in the second installment of the Department of Lost Barbarians I'd talk about the most popular barbarian who never was. That's him over there in the picture. Jim Steranko's Talon. Talon has appeared in a portfolio, a poster, and a couple of oil paintings, but never in a book, comic book, or even a short story. His career remains a small collection of pretty pictures.
In an article in Savage Tales issue #3, Steranko, probably best known for his work on Marvel Comics Nick Fury:Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D series, says that he created the character in 1969. This would have been shortly before Conan appeared in comics. Steranko says that he was reading the Conan paperbacks and he thought that a Conan style character would be a natural for comic books. Other projects got in the way over the next couple of years, but in the 1973 Savage Tales article, Steranko promised that readers would be seeing Talon's adventures "someday soon."
34 years later and still no Talon. I'm beginning to doubt Jim's word...