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The Complete Green Lama, Volume 2: Featuring the Art of Mac Raboy (Dark Horse Archives) Hardcover – December 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821546
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artwise, the Mac Raboy work is amazing.
Tim Lasiuta
While I'd read the Lama stories available by scans, Dark Horse brings vibrant life to these pages.
KNO2skull
All of those qualities are worth treasuring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on February 11, 2009
The Green Lama archives finishes up with Volume 2 in this stunning edition that includes every story from the Green Lama #5 to 8.
Historically speaking, the Dark Horse mission to reprint the Green Lama, Magicman, Tarzan and the earlier Roy Rogers editions is admirable.

Artwise, the Mac Raboy work is amazing. Modern readers who have not seen golden age art of this quality will be amazed not only by the `standard' art but also the water colour Christmas story in issue #7. George Roussos, Joseph Lawrence, Jerry Robinson, and Mort Meskin contribute solid stories that reflect a different time. In talking with Mr Robinson in New York, he commented that Mort Meskin was the most creative artist he ever associated with.

When you read the stories, you quickly realize that this was a different time. For instance, the first Green Lama tale has the Lama teaching a soldier a lesson in tolerance and democracy (the Four Freedoms). Rick Masters travels back in time only to realize that he is being taken for a ride. The Boy Champions are delightful, and a fun read. Angus MacErc is a stylish set of stories that has an Elf out of water theme. The top borders of the pages make these tales a designers dream.

Overall, there is no topping this book. The art is well cleaned, and the colors are bright, and for us `young' fans who appreciate golden age books, this is a treasure.

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Tim Lasiuta
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
It's fitting that Dark Horse puts Featuring the Art of Mac Raboy as part of the title of the Green Lama Archives. The artist, who died in 1967, earned a key place in comics history and deserves accolades still, all these decades later.

You've probably seen Raboy's art in many classic series, from Capt. Marvel Jr. to Flash Gordon to this: A progressive World War II-era series that starred a Buddhist superhero who fought Nazis and intolerance at the same time. Perhaps that's the reason most people have never heard of Green Lama--he tried to help everyone get along at a time when fear and anger toward other cultures was a pretty regular part of life.

In the series, Jethro Dumont (would you be surprised to discover that he is a wealthy playboy?) travels to Tibet to study the ways of the Buddha. He also tinkers somewhat with radioactive salts (well, he had to get his powers somehow). And although the science behind that particular aspect of the comic may be a little suspect, the Buddhist element is surprisingly reverent and fairly accurate.

Green Lama has been reinvented over the years by a couple different writers, but this second volume of Green Lama Archives collects the stories in issues #5 through 8 of Green Lama (published in 1945 and 1946). In its nearly 200 pages, Green Lama Archives, Volume Two combines some of the most charming and engrossing elements of the era's superhero offerings. Since the art already reminds the reader of Raboy's Capt. Marvel Jr. work, it's no stretch that it also has glimpses of Batman and Superman comics of the mixed in. All of those qualities are worth treasuring. If you haven't read these original stories from six (nearly seven) decades ago, you'll find them pleasantly surprising with a wholesome, innocent quality.

-- John Hogan
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I purchased both volumes of this and found myself entirely pleased! While I'd read the Lama stories available by scans, Dark Horse brings vibrant life to these pages. The price may sound hefty to some, yet when it's considered to purchase just ONE of the original books in any type of condition would cost a person many times more than both of these amazing volumes, complete with backup stories, it's a steal!
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Mac Raboy is perhaps best-known for his work on Flash Gordon and Captain Marvel, Jr., but this collection of comic-book stories featuring the Buddhist super-hero will thrill any fan of top-flight sequential art. Originally a pulp hero, the Green Lama was one of the best comic book characters of the Golden Age. How well thought of he was is reflected by the fact that he was revived by Dynamite Entertainment as part of Alex Ross' "Project Super Powers" series. My only gripe -- and it's a big one -- is that you get four great comic stories in each of the two volumes in tis series and sixteen filler stories. Well, "The Boy Champions" is generally fun to read, but it is all-too-similar to Joe Simon & Jack Kirby's "The Boy Commandos," "The Newsboy Legion" and "The Boy Explorers." That said, it gets better from volume one, story three onward when the art is taken over by Jerry Robinson, celebrated for his work in the early Batman comic books, plus latter-day issues of The Black Terror and The Fighting Yank, among many others. However, there's not much to recommend Lieutenant Hercules, Rick Masters or Angus McErc. Still, truly great art is not something one generally associates with comics of the 1940s and "The Green Lama" has it and then some. I'm not sorry in the least that I bought it on Amazon -- and I'm going to purchase volume one, as well.
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