“HIS NAME IS SAVAGE!” RETURNS FROM OBSCURITY

“His Name is Savage!” is a 1968 graphic novel not remembered by many but it is indeed memorable and coming back to life in a new incarnation. Pioneering comic book legend Gil Kane put his body & soul into the project but it never really went beyond the first issue. Why is this even being mentioned in this blog?

The cover of Gil Kane’s “His Name is…SAVAGE!”

Title page explains it all.

The answer to that can be seen in the cover of the first and only issue painted by artist Robert Foster. I didn’t mention the project in Lee Marvin Point Blank simply because other than the likeness, there’s really no connection to Lee Marvin in the story at all. There is however many other references to Marvin’s plethora of cultural references in the book. Just saying.
Anyway, the return of “His Name is Savage!” is the subject of a recent online article I read in which a new media company has decided to resurrect the story (minus the Lee Marvin likeness) and attempt to possibly bring to the screen as well. The article tells the whole story here.

I wish them luck in their endeavors but it would have been nice had it been attempted when Gil Kane was still alive. Might have been nice to bring it back when Marvin was alive, too. It would have helped to dispel a long held rumor that the actor was the the reason the series stopped after one issue since he sued Kane for using his likeness. According to Kane in a 1996 interview, “We never had any trouble from Lee Marvin — obviously he never saw the goddamn thing. We never had any trouble from anybody”.

Gil Kane (1926-2000), legendary comic book artist responsible for “His Name Is…Savage!”

I grew up as a comic book fan and Gil Kane was always one of my favorites, especially his revamping of Green Lantern in the 1960s. Artist Neal Adams would later use that revamp to create an even greater series of stories! I was kind of disappointed to find out how much Kane had wanted the “His Name Is Savage!” project to succeed only to never see that happen. Naturally, I’m glad these young upstarts are remembering the project and are reviving and revamping it. Maybe even a movie in these days of comic book crazy cinema. Of course, if you want to make a movie inspired by the likeness of Lee Marvin, might I suggest another source? Seriously. I can be contacted right here.
– Dwayne Epstein

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ARTIST NEAL ADAMS INTERVIEW, PART 2 OF 3

In my Outre Neal Adams Interview-Part 2, with the legendary comic book artist Neal Adams, we get to some of my own favorite subjects worth talking about, such as the controversial Green Lantern/Green Arrow drug issue. As an aside, the images from those issues are from my own collection, which is one of the few times my obession with Neal Adams’ work was actually put to good use. Also dealt with is the provocative debate over people of color in comix, salvaging artists’ artwork, creating free agency for artists, saving the scheduled-to-be cancelled X-Men from oblivion, and, best of all, what he did for Superman creators Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel. One other aside: Upon hearing Adams’ tell the tale of his efforts to get the Superman creators their long overdue recogintion, I felt no small sense of pride in knowing a childhood hero turned out to be a pretty righteous guy. How many people can you actually say that about nowadays? None that I can think of!
This is great stuff from The Man. Besides, I obviously have a few other interests besides Lee Marvin. And so, without further ado, Part II….

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OUTRE cover for Part II of my Neal Adams interview.

 

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Adams interview, page 1.

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Adams interview, page 2.

 

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Adams interview, page 3.

 

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Adams interview, page 4.

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Adams interview, page 5.

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Adams interview, page 6.

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Adams interview, page 7.



 

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Adams interview, page 8.

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