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Old 19th June 2006, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Graphic Novel Title- Help Needed

I'm trying to remember the name of a graphic novel I had when I was a kid in the mid- 80s. It was a sci-fi outer space adventure that was fairly dark, but not quite on par with Heavy Metal. From the research I have been doing simular titles are Star Slammers and Star Raiders but the drawings in these do not match what I remember. I would have bought this graphic novel in 1982-84 in Canada. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Graphic Novel Title- Help Needed

Might it have been the "Cody Starbuck" by Howard V. Chaykin, done into book form? These were originally serialized in Star*Reach and, I think, later collected together into a graphic novel. The mention of Heavy Metal also calls to mind Druillet's adaptation of Salammbo to a science-fictional format; and both would have been around this time. Howard Chaykin's work is almost minimalist, whilst Druillet's is extremely detailed (some feel too much so); so if it's one of these, knowing whether the art was simple or almost cluttered with (as Moorcock says) "exotic buttons and bows" might help you to decide which one.
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Thanks very much for the help. The second image down on the right on this website is very much what I remember. I guess I'll buy the whole Lone Sloane series and hopefully one of them will be the graphic novel I used to have.

coolfrenchcomics.com/lonesloane

(this site won't let me post complete urls)

The artwork was very detailed and in color.

There was one scene I remember quite vividly in which the hero rode on the back of a very large dragonfly in amongst many other large dragonflies also being flown by pilots. They were performing an aerial bombardment of a castle like city on some bizarre planet. There were dirigibles that carried the commanders of the attacking force and the bombs they were dropping looked like a pink crystal balls.

In another perhaps unrelated scene the hero infiltrated the city by swimming up the cities sewers.

Thanks again for your help.
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