Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "Comes the End Time, Chapter 4" by "Richardson" and Alcala

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Has it really been nearly three years since our last look at Alfredo Alcala's Voltar? oops. Well, for your long-suffering Voltar fans, here's "Comes the End Time" part 4 (script adapted by Bill Dubay under his nom de plume "Mike Richardson") from The Rook #5 (August 1980)!


  1. Alcala never fails to amaze me, I wish more people remembered his work from this time.

  2. Stupendous.
    Worth waiting for, Mr Groove. Thanks for posting.


  3. Superb detail and excellent brushwork!

  4. I love the work Alcala did in Conan back in the 70's. As kid then I even noticed the detail in the tall weeds, hair and rocks. He's an artists that seems to be overlooked.

  5. How come you don't scan at higher resolutions as in the past? With Alcala's work, lines are everything. I know the line work in the later vols was rough, but hope you rescan. Long time Alcala fan.

  6. I found an issue of Voltar in a used paperback/comic book store. It was one of those obscure titles that I didn't know existed until my eyes were taking in its beauty. On display was Mr. Alcala's usual craftmanship. I believe he was at his best, however, when he acted as embellisher rather than solo artist. His work on Savage Sword of Conan over John Buscema's layouts created a unique feel for the Cimmerian that fully utilized Mr Alcala's mastery of the black and white medium. Too bad his 4 pack a day cigarette habit robbed us of him at age 74 in 2000.

  7. Groovy One; You sure Dube actually wrote the story, or just re-scripted the original? I have a feeble recollection that that was something done during the Tube years at Warren.

    1. No, I'm not sure, just going by the credits--and they're a pseudonym, so... ;D You're scenario sounds like it's most likely true. I'd hazard to guess that The Dube re-wrote them to suit his own tastes, though.



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