“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 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”.
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