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#1228657 - Wed Apr 17 2019 09:20 PM Memorable work from Howard Chaykin
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Well, I was bashing some stuff by Chaykin in another topic, but I do really love a lot of stuff Howard Chaykin has done.

The first story I saw by him was his Batman story in DETECTIVE 441, March 1974. Which wasn't Chaykin's first work, he'd been working as a comics pro for a year already at that point. But it was the first I saw, and I was impressed, I liked his style, which was just starting to form at that point.

I think Chaykin's first series was Ironwulf in WEIRD WORLDS 8-10. And then another of his own characters, THE SCORPION, a short-lived series for Seaboard-Atlas in 1975. Plus other stories for the Warren magazines, HEAVY METAL and National Lampoon.

As I've touched on in other topics, Chaykin did a lot of anthology work and pulp adventure type stories. It was across such a wide range of genres and styles that it almost didn't occur to me these were all by the same guy. Across SWORD OF SORCERY for DC, Cody Starbuck and other features for STAR REACH, Red Sonja and Solomon Kane stories in CONAN AND THE BARBARIANS, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN and MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL. And later Dominic Fortune in MARVEL PREVIEW, BIZARRE ADVENTURES, and later as a backup in THE HULK magazine 21-25. And other stories, Solomon Kane again in 2 issues of MARVEL PREMIERE, and another later issue of the same anthology with a one-shot of Monark Moonstalker.

Plus a number of other stories for DC's war and mystery series throughout the 70's.

I think my favorite stuff by Chaykin remains his painted art in the 1978-1981 period. I think the first of this stuff I saw was his Dominic Fortune stories in HULK magazine, and his stories and covers for EPIC ILLUSTRATED, MARVEL PREVIEW magazine, and MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL.




Not to mention THE SWORDS OF HEAVEN THE FLOWERS OF HELL graphic novel, or his adaptation of Alfred Bester's THE STARS MY DESTINATION for Byron Preiss, and EMPIRE graphic novel, also for Preiss.

Most acclaim goes to Chaykin for his later 1983-1990 work on AMERICAN FLAGG, TIME SQUARED, THE SHADOW miniseries, BLACKHAWK miniseries, and BLACK KISS. Which I like too, but I prefer the painted stuff that preceded it.

Starting with American Flagg, I felt his art locked into one particular style, and while nice, it didn't evolve and change like his work that preceded it.

I met Chaykin at a 2012 convention, and he's very likeable and approachable, very funny, a bit off-the-wall and a smartass, and fun to be around. There wasn't much competition for his company, so I hung out and talked to him for about 45 minutes, and I only left his table when others finally came along, so they could enjoy some time with him too. Otherwise I would have gladly chatted with him for another hour.

Beyond the pleasant conversation, Chaykin has also provided me with many hours of great reading. Some of these pages I can look at for hours.


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#1228658 - Wed Apr 17 2019 09:25 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Here's the first of Chaykin's Dominic Fortune stories in the HULK magazine 21, in 1980.
http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2012/03/makin-chaykin-all-in-color-for-crime-by.html

The first of 5 stories. I partly included it for the photos shown of collaborators O'Neil and Chaykin. The second photo includes editor Lynn Graeme and Jim Shooter.

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#1228659 - Wed Apr 17 2019 11:28 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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A chronological (but slightly incomplete) list of Howard Chaykin's work:

http://www.mikesamazingworld.com/mikes/features/creator.php?creatorid=87

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#1228660 - Thu Apr 18 2019 06:33 AM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Someone was good enough to post the complete Chaykin story from EPIC ILLUSTRATED 2, Summer 1980,
"Seven Moon's Light Casts Complex Shadows", a brief 8-page story, but I was knocked out by the art. Chaykin, along with Starlin, Conrad, Suydam and later Bolton and Macklin, were some of the few mainstream comics artists whose work I felt was worthy of the EPIC ILLUSTRATED high-quality format.

There are links above the story to a lot of other Chaykin stories, linked in another blog, that unfortunately are expired links. Too bad, because they're pretty much all the ones I would have picked myself and very much worth seeing, and it would have been easier to have them all linked in one place.




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#1228802 - Tue May 14 2019 11:29 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL 18 cover by Chaykin, for the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie adaptation.

I was quite surprised when I discussed it with Chaykin, he seemed to be embarassed by it and feel like it was sub-par work. I told him that I actually like it better than the movie poster.




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#1229243 - Mon Jul 22 2019 02:36 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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THE STARS MY DESTINATION adaptation by Chaykin in 1979 was to have been published in two volumes, but only one was published, presumably for financial reasons by publisher Byron Preiss.

The series was not printed in its entirety until 1992, by Epic Comics.

And recently reprinted again in 2012 in a lavish hardcover.




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#1229244 - Mon Jul 22 2019 02:48 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Chaykin's brief "Iron Wulf" series, as it appeared in WEIRD WORLDS 8, 9 and 10 in 1973-1974.

WEIRD WORLDS issue 8, Dec 1973, complete issue

WEIRD WORLDS 9, Feb 1974 , complete story

and

WEIRD WORLDS 10, Nov 1974, complete story.

A series that filled the void, after DC abandoned the Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations in the first 7 issues. "Iron Wulf" was Chaykin's first series with his own characters.

With a little help from friends like Simonson, Milgrom, Starlin, O'Neil and Alcazar.






Simultaneous with that in 1973, Chaykin was also doing SWORD OF SORCERY for 5 issues, scripted by O'Neil. A couple issues were inked by "Crusty Bunkers", which was more Neal Adams and less his assistants at that stage.

SWORD OF SORCERY 1, March 1973, complete story

SWORD OF SORCERY 2, May 1973

SWORD OF SORCERY 3, July 1973

SWORD OF SORCERY 4, Sept 1973

SWORD OF SORCERY 5, Dec 1973



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#1229245 - Mon Jul 22 2019 02:58 PM Re: Memorable work from Howard Chaykin [Re: Wonder Boy]
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The second writer/artist creation of Chaykin, THE SCORPION for Seaboard Atlas, during its very brief 10 months of publishing.

During that time, Chaykin created 2 issues, the first all-Chaykin, the second he apparently had difficulty making deadlines, so it's a very interesting mix of art assist by Chaykin, Simonson, Kaluta, and Wrightson.
Because of payment issues and the clear instability of Seaboard-Atlas, Chaykin abandoned the series after that, and issue 3 was published with art by Jim Craig, and (like virtually all Seaboard titles in those last months) a complete shift in direction.


SCORPION 1, Feb 1975, is a story I couldn't find available online.

SCORPION 2, May 1975, complete issue.

SCORPION 3, July 1975, complete issue.


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