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Solomon Kane

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Solomon Kane
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:29:54 PM »

Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A late 16th–early 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.

Howard described him as a tall, sombre and gloomy man of pale skin, gaunt face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry usually consists of a rapier, a dirk, and a brace of flintlock pistols (source of information from top: Wikipedia).

Solomon Kane stories are comic book stylized pulp magazine entertainment not unlike Commando War Comics (with colorful stories about wandering World War 'warriors' such as Russian Cossacks).

Solomon Kane thematics/storyboarding was adapted into a gripping 2009 French-British-Czech dark fantasy action-adventure film written and directed by Michael J. Bassett.

This is a truly timeless character, perhaps comparable to The Phantom (Lee Falk), Vampire Hunter D (Hideyuki Kikuchi), and Deadpool (Rob Liefeld/Fabian Nicieza), which is why I liken the 2009 adapted film to the 'terrain-gusto' presented in the exploration-adventure Malick film The New World.

I think Solomon Kane represents 'new age consciousness.'


SOLOMON KANE: I seek retribution against evil.
SEER: Evil is everywhere in this new world.
SOLOMON KANE: I am not afraid of discovery.
SEER: You will be alarmed by the scale of terror.
SOLOMON KANE: I'm not a typical hero.
SEER: You'll have to be some kind of prophet.
SOLOMON KANE: This world needs leadership.
SEER: This world needs fortune-tellers...
SOLOMON KANE: I am not thirsty for war.
SEER: War does not wait for the hesitant.
SOLOMON KANE: Evil is patient.
SEER: You must be as patient.
SOLOMON KANE: This is the age of metal and mentalism.
SEER: We may go the way of the dinosaurs...
SOLOMON KANE: My sword will offer intelligence!
SEER: This world will see a schism between brains and brawn.


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Re: Solomon Kane
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 12:44:56 PM »

The character has been done in comics. By Marvel - I think back in the 80's - when they were doing a lot of Robert E Howard Stuff including King Kull. Also some stories of Solomon Kane were done by Dark Horse and they reprinted some Marvel Material.
Full Lists here.

Artists included Ralph Reese, Al Williamson, Neal Adams, Pablo Marcos, Howard Chaykin. Stories mostly by Roy Thomas.
Dark Horse versions were penciled by Mario Guevara and covers by John Cassaday.

As you can appreciate the character attracts top class creators.

The collections would be worth buying.   

Dark Horse Covers here.       
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