Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Warlord Wednesday: Back-Up from Atlantis

Here's another look at one of Warlord's backup features--the one running in the issues I've been reviewing in recent weeks:


First Appearance: Warlord #55 (1982)
Featured as Back-up: Warlord #55-62
Next Seen: Arion, Lord of Atlantis #1 (November 1982)
His Story: Arion is the Grand Mage to the King of Atlantis and Atlantis' defender against the encroaching ice age and the forces of Chaos--including his brother, Garn Daanuth. Arion was the creation of writer Paul Kupperberg and artist Jan Duursema.  It's a more "high fantasy" series than the most of comic's fantasy offerings that tend to be in a Sword & Sorcery mode.  The series lasted 35 issues and Arion made contemporaneous appearances in Crisis on Infinite Earths.  After 1985, Arion didn't appear again until 1991's Books of Magic vol. 1 #1, which was followed by a six issue limited series Arion the Immortal.
How He's Like the Warlord: He's got ties to Atlantis and a swordswoman consort.  He's also resembles Jennifer Morgan, the Warlord's daughter, with his magical prowess and flowing locks.


Jim Shelley said...

Glad to see this feature back after it's hiatus! Arion is one of those comics I passed on back in the day (along with Amethyst) that I've always been curious about revisiting.

The Angry Lurker said...

Good looking man?

Trey said...

@Jim - Well, not so much a hiatus as just a limited number of Warlord backups. ;)

@Angry Lurker - Ha! He obviously used Atlantean magics to keep his hair in high Bon Jovi style.


What are this powers exactly? Just a mage?

Trey said...

Yeah, he's got sort of "comic book mage" powers like Dr. Strange or Dr. Fate. A lot of mystic energy blasts.

Needles said...

He's one of my favorites along with Ark Son of Thunder.
He's the Sorcerer Supreme of Atlantis but there was an Elric quality to the character that was missing to Doc Strange though.