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Blackmark Mass Market Paperback – 1971
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Early graphic novel, intended to be the first in a series featuring Blackmark in the primitive world of the future.
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First time I read Blackmark, was back in the 70 's. I've always been a big fan of Sword and sorcery action hero characters.
<An aside: check out some of the later pages. Kane had some deadline and continuity crises, and other artists, friends of his, took their shot at a panel or two, particularly Neal Adams. Adams also helped cwith the inks. See if you can figure out where.>
It is unfortunate that Kane's BLACKMARK experiment failed to attract the commercial attention it deserved. Poor sales due to slipshod distribution and the inability of retailers to comprehend what was being attempted, brought Kane's BLACKMARK up a bit short. Still, it was a pioneering effort, well ahead of its time, and it opened many doors to the future...
A true graphic "novel."
Gil Kane is one of the greatest story-tellers to ever put pencil to bristol board, truly a must have for anyone who appreciates the medium.