Sunday, December 09, 2012
Savage Spotlight: Rudy Nebres
Anyway, it made me want to write a bit more about Savage Sword, so I'm inaugurating a new occasional feature here at Singular Points, The Savage Showcase. I'll talk about anything that comes to mind dealing with SSoC. This week I was looking through the latest volume of SSoC reprints from Dark Horse Comics, #12, and I was reminded of one of my favorite artists from the 70s-80s, who only occasionally graced the pages of Savage Sword, Rudy Nebres.
Nebres migrated from the Philippines to the US in 1975, when the big two comic book companies, Marvel and DC, were bringing in a bunch of Filipino artists, including Alex Nino, Ernie Chan, and Alfredo Alcala, all of who did work on Conan the Barbarian. I'll talk about each of these guys at some point, but the spotlight is on Rudy today.
My first exposure to Rudy Nebres was actually on another Marvel black and white mag, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Nebres was drawing the Iron Fist feature in Deadly Hands and I loved it. Chris Claremont, who was writing the title at the time, steered clear of the usual superheroics of the color Iron Fist comic and wrote a more fantasy oriented storyline which was well suited by Nebres' lush illustrative style. Really Nebres would have been a natural for sword & sorcery from the get go, but at that time the great John Buscema was turning out some of his best work on Conan so the Cimmerian wasn't available. (Nebres did ink a couple of Big John's stories and they look spectacular.)
A little further down the line though, Buscema had moved on and Nebres got to come in and show what he could do with everyone's favorite barbarian. I'm giving you two examples, a pin-up and a page of continuity. The comic pages is from SSoC #121, which is reprinted in the aforementioned Dark Horse volume #12. The pin-up appeared in issue #123.
Over the years Nebres would work for most of the comics companies, including DC, Marvel, Red Circle, Warren and Continuity. He's still drawing today and is available for commissions.