Yep, another Wednesday, another sword & sorcery comic cover from the Seventies. Crom help me, I love this stuff. This time around it's the cover to DC Comics' Claw The Unconquered
#2, their attempt to cash-in onrival publisher Marvel's runaway hit Conan
series. The art is by the great Ernie Chua (a/k/a Ernie Chan)
, a terrific Filipino artist who passed away just last week
I first noticed the artist's work on Batman
and Detective Comics
, where he drew a damned fine Dark Knight. He was also DC's go-to cover artist for a couple of years there in the mid-Seventies. Later, he was praised for his work on Marvel's barbarian, where he often inked John Buscema
on both the color Conan
comic and the Savage Sword of Conan
B&W magazine. I'll always associate him with the short-lived Claw
, though. His Conan work was more polished, and his Batman stuff more widely-seen and appreciated, but Claw
book. He was the first artist on it, and defined the character's fantasy world.
I always loved his lush inkline, and thought he was a great storyteller. He'll be missed.