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Karl the Viking Volume One: The Sword of Eingar

By (artist) Don Lawrence
Published by Rebellion
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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Don Lawrence's first masterpiece, from the artist of The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire comes the epic historical fantasy of Karl the Viking!

"Lawrence [is] celebrated for his richly coloured, highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds." - The New York Times

Originally serialised in Lion, Karl the Viking is a sweeping historical fantasy story of an orphaned Saxon boy, adopted and raised by the viking Eingar after his raid on Britain. Upon coming of age Karl succeeds Eingar and leads his tribe into battle in Britain against wild tribes of Picts, and re-connects with his old Saxon family, gaining an ally in his cousin Godwulf, and making an enemy of the Earl of Eastumbria.

These fast-paced stories were drawn by Don Lawrence shortly before he revolutionised painted comic art with The Trigan Empire, when he was already a master of pen and ink, and his Karl the Viking series was the pinnacle of black and white comic art.

About The Author

Before entering the comic industry Ted Cowan worked as a lab assistant at Shell-Mex then enlisted into the RAF as WWII broke out. Forced to re-enlist with the army after a crash, he became a dispatch rider, but another accident saw an end to his career in the services. After picking up a comic and being unimpressed by the writing inside, Cowan wrote to Stan Boddington, then editor of Champion. Boddington gave him a chance and Cowan started on Ginger Nutt – a successful strip about a young Australian boy, which ran for almost seven years. Cowan’s next strip - The Jungle Robot – appeared in the first issue of Lion. Many adventures featuring Robot Archie were to follow. While working for Lion, Cowan scripted many popular strips including Paddy Payne, Adam Eterno and of course The Spider which he co-created and wrote the first two complete stories for.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Rebellion (February 22, 2022)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781786184627

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Raves and Reviews

Reviews for Don Lawrence's The Rise and Fall of theTrigan Empire

"Vastly influential. Stunning. Dominated the genre of Science-Fiction epics." * The Independent *

"Don [Lawrence] painted a comic I loved. It was called the Trigan Empire - two comic pages a week, in the children's magazine "Look and Learn", which even schools who banned comics allowed" -- Neil Gaiman

"I love Trigan Empire! It's absolutely epic." -- Duncan Jones (director Source Code, Moon)

"Lawrence [is] celebrated for his richly coloured, highly detailed visions of fantastic worlds." * The New York Times *

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