Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Atom and Elfquest



I wasn't near any shops that sold Elfquest when it began, but I remember really appreciating the art from the series that I saw in The Comics Buyer's Guide and other publications.  Wendy and Richard Pini created a whole fantasy world that was epic in scope and lavishly illustrated.  I had read for years about the desire to translate Elfquest to animation or live action, but nothing ever seemed to materialize with that.  That surprises me, it seems like a natural property to adapt.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

waveriders and aquaman or fathom or namor also noid and capt klutz or mazing man or koolaid man and thing or batman

AirDave said...

Cool team-up! Elfquest looked a lot like Warlord to me. I love Mike Grell's artwork. The look of Elfquest was pretty cool. I just could never get into the sword and sorcery, fantasy aspect. I didn't care much for the Sword of the Atom either. I guess it's people like me that play it safe and don't take risks that keep something like Elfquest from reaching mass appeal.

Bob Greenwade said...

Shouldn't that be "Beastriders"? That's not a wolf that Ray's riding, after all. :)

My only real exposure to ElfQuest was through the RPG adaptation done by Flying Buffalo. I was somewhat intrigued, but never enough to actually read it. I'm ambivalent on whether I regret that or not.

Good cover, though. It's always fun to see less-familiar figures in these pages!

Anonymous said...

Elfquest was a very appealing comic that would work best as a an animated series of features. At the time I remember thinking it would be great to see Ralph Bakshi do it as it seems suited to his style of animation. And hooray for Sword of the Atom, it remains one of my favorite outings for the mighty mite.

Bob Buethe said...

I never read ElfQuest, though I used to date a girl who was really into it. Never cared for Sword of the Atom much, either, except for the gorgeous Gil Kane art. I usually refer to it as Sort of the Atom.

pblfsda said...

I went to an Elfquest convention about 30 years ago (before Marvel/Epic published the colorized version) with a friend who followed it. I was surprised to see whole families attending, both kids and parents in costumes. I had been to much larger conventions (with television actors and golden age dealers, etc.) but was really impressed by the casual friendly vibe. When the series was franchised out in the 90's I lost touch with it, but I would still recommend anything Wendy is involved with.

Anonymous said...

I'm _not_ surprised it hasn't been adapted, yet. Look at how long it took Hollywood to develop Iron Man into a movie! Which, in hindsight, is probably a good thing. Because, I personally cannot see Bruce Campbell having gotten the title role.

Character actor Anthony Starke, maybe. ;-)

A Mindful Webworker said...

Followed Elfquest through its many early incarnations. Daughter was at the right age to get into the series. Like pblfsda (how does one pronounce pblfsda?) said, we lost touch with it.

There is a 5-minute fan tribute video; nicely-cast cosplayful realization of many Elfettes. Might not be that interesting if you aren't familiar with the comics. Or if you aren't into cute cosplaying elfettes.
http://youtu.be/0UwOhE5srDc

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