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#1231917 - Fri May 22 2020 12:30 AM Rafael Kayanan art
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I mentioned Rafael Kayanan elsewhere as not only a great artist, but because of his work in conceptualization and marial arts choreography in movies, possibly the richest artist ever to emerge from the comics field. One updated net worth estimate of his fortune is currently $169 million!


But I love his work on SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN (a sequel to Red Nails) and CONAN THE ADVENTURER 1-14, among other projects. Nice as his HAWKMOON work is, he was still developing as an artist when those were published as four limited series.

Kayanan also had runs in the early/mid 1980's on FIRESTORM and CATMAIN ATOM for DC, his early breakout work.

I stumbled on this list of his work available to read online:

list of work by Rafael Kayanan


Enjoy.


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#1231923 - Fri May 22 2020 07:38 PM Re: Rafael Kayanan art [Re: Wonder Boy]
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From the "Island of Misfit comic images" topic:

 Originally Posted By: Wonder Boy






A more representative sample of Kayanan's style, on the first 2 issues of CONAN THE ADVENTURER.
These first two issues were exceptional, after that I think the series declined over its 14 issues.
Kayanan did art on 1-5 and 9-14 (covers only on 6-8).


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#1231924 - Fri May 22 2020 07:40 PM Re: Rafael Kayanan art [Re: Wonder Boy]
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And:


 Originally Posted By: Wonder Boy




Another Rafael Kayanan page, from CONAN THE ADVENTURER 1 that I mentioned above.

Some of the best writing and art on the series since Thomas/Smith's work on "Hawks From the Sea" in CONAN THE BARBARIAN 19 and 20.

Kayanan was perfect to do a sequel with Thomas to "Red Nails" in SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN.


Alongside some other images I was going to post was a link of Kayanan's net worth.
https://networthroll.com/blog1/rafael-kayanan-net-worth-2/

At over $122 million, he might be the richest creator to ever come out of comics. Although he does Hollywood movie concept drawings and set designs, and also choreography for martial arts scenes.


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#1231925 - Fri May 22 2020 07:44 PM Re: Rafael Kayanan art [Re: Wonder Boy]
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And:

 Originally Posted By: Wonder Boy





A Rafael Kayanan convention sketch of Salome. It looks to me more like Byrne than Kayanan, but nice.

I like Kayanan best for his work on SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, a sequel to Thomas/Smith's "Red Nails" in SSOC 211-213, 215, 217 (1993-1994).
And CONAN THE ADVENTURER series(1994-1995) 1-14.
And in SSOC's successor magazine, CONAN THE SAVAGE 7 (Feb 1996).

Kayanan also had long runs in the early/mid 1980's on FIRESTORM issues 20-44 (1984-1986).
And four adaptations (16 issues total) of Michael Moorcock's HAWKMOON (1986-1988).

And CAPTAIN ATOM 29-40, 42-44, 47-48 and 50 (1989-1991).




I should have created a separate topic for Kayanan from the beginning, his work certainly deserves it.



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#1231935 - Mon May 25 2020 11:56 PM Re: Rafael Kayanan art [Re: Wonder Boy]
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From CONAN THE SAVAGE magazine issue 7, Feb 1996:
https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Conan-the-Savage/Issue-7?id=148839#28

A 22-page story, all full-page illustrations, among the nicest art jobs Kayanan did. If you notice, all the pages form one continuous image. I've been tempted for years to take it to a print shop and make an 11" X 17" copy of each page, so I can look at the complete story and see all the combined images at once.



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