July 25, 2020

The collected Larsen/Burlingame Interviews

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If you are a fan of Savage Dragon you might have come across the monthly interview Russ Burlingame does with Erik Larsen and — for the longest time — editor Gavin Higginbotham. These monthly interviews are posted on comicbook.com. At this point, he has interviewed Erik on over 100 issues and now he has made those interviews available as a collection with a foreword by longtime Finhead Raven Perez.

The PDF might only be available for a couple of days so make sure you download your copy ASAP.

Get the collected Interviews HERE

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.

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Savage Dragon #250 gets a second printing

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Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #250 Second Printing

The entire first print run of the milestone issue #250 has sold out and gets a second printing. Erik posted the above cover which uses a different color scheme for the logo and the classic Marvel cover design on Facebook. Make sure to preorder this as the increased interest in this key issue might make it another hard to find issue down the road!

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July 24, 2020

Savage Dragon #250 on sale — aaaaannd SOLD OUT!

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Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #250

Wednesday of last week, the big 100-pages-anniversary-issue of Savage Dragon #250 went on sale. It comes with 8 different covers — seven of which were officially announced beforehand. Here’s a complete list

  • Cover A – Erik Larsen
  • Cover B – Frank Cho
  • Cover C – Rob Liefeld
  • Cover D – Walter Simonson
  • Cover E – Skottie Young
  • Cover F – White sketch cover
  • Cover G – Erik Larsen pencils / Ryan Ottley inks
  • Cover H – Green Scorpion Comics exclusive sketch cover

The 7th variant is a Scorpion Comics exclusive green sketch cover that’s limited to a (fitting) 250 copies. It retailed for 50$ and sold out faster than you can say “that’s green but mean”.

Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #250

Anyways, apparently — as of yesterday — the entire first print run has sold out and there are already talks about a second printing. Erik is considering different ideas for that as he said on Facebook…

The thing with this is I always weigh the options–doing a new cover would take time and it’d be yet another cover that longtime readers would feel obligated to buy and both of those are huge factors. While it’s nice to sell a few more copies–I don’t feel it’s fair to force readers to chip in another $10. If I just run the A cover again, with a different colored logo–there’d be less reason to feel obliged to pick up another copy.

We will keep you up to date on the reprint. Until then make sure you get your copy. Some stores might still have some copies left…

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November 14, 2019

Savage Dragon #250 cover

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Cover Savage Dragon #250

Erik posted various cover version for the big #250 anniversary issue on Facebook! It’s gonna be another 100-pages extravaganza and Erik is still trying to figure out what trade dress to apply. Most likely we’ll see some variants for this issue, as Erik already mentioned online. We are definitely looking at a new blank cover. The last one was on issue #200 and fans have been asking for a blank/sketch cover with the classic logo dress. Hard to believe we’re nearly at #250!

Here are two more versions Erik has been kicking around. The first cover has that classic Marvel vibe, the second cover uses an old DC cover dress and the third is the classic Image style. Which one do you like best?

Cover Savage Dragon #250
Cover Savage Dragon #250

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April 5, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #236

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Savage Dragon #236 came out in July 2018.

This issue focuses on Dragon’s kids and if the coverfont isn’t a giveaway this issue pays homage to one of the greatest cartoons ever: Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes. The book features 5 spreads in the style of classic Sunday funny pages.

It is not a sideways issue though. The spreads are doublepages which made the layouts a bit more complicated…

Added complications included having to avoid the center of pages with text (because of possible alignment issues) and making sure all spreads were clearly spreads, which meant at least one panel had to clearly cross over from one page to the next–in this case panel four.

Erik roughly based the panel configuration of the above spread on an actual Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip. In addition to the familiar panel layouts, it is Ferran Delgado’s great handling of the fonts and lettering that make these pages work so well. Ferran also suggested to run a little caption at the start of the issue to point out the connection to Calvin & Hobbes but in the end it wasn’t used and I don’t think it’s really necessary.

Ferran had suggested running THIS caption on the splash. I explained that I thought it would be weird to credit Bill given that I didn’t exactly nail his style or tell actual funny jokes. I do a very mild Watterson imitation. Just similar panel arrangements (most aren’t the same as actual Sunday pages) and lettering. There are no Calvin or Hobbes type characters in the mix. I figure that readers will either get what I’m doing or not.

One more interesting tidbit Erik mentioned on facebook is the possibility that Watterson might just have been influenced by Savage Dragon at one point…

I always wondered if this Calvin and Hobbes Sunday page had been inspired by Savage Dragon. It came out shortly after Dragon had a hole blasted through him.

Reviews of Savage Dragon #236

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February 19, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #235

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Cover Savage Dragon Vol.2 #235Savage Dragon #235 came out in July 2018.
Back cover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #235
As you can see on the cover the book introduces a great looking new villain — I’ve seen fans talk about Malcolm’s relatively small rougues’ gallery ever since he left Chicago so this is a welcome addition to the roster. I also love the title of the book “Nothing beats Buffalo Stu”. I have a hunch Erik heard someone talk about buffalo stew and got inspired…

Find out more about Buffalo Stu in the pages of this epic issue.

This issue also features a “Big Bang Comics” backup with two short stories. Here’s the great back cover by Frank Fosco. I think it look awesome and the vintage treatment by colorist Adam Pruett makes it even better.

Reviews of Savage Dragon #235

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February 11, 2019

In review: Savage Dragon #234

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Cover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #234

Backcover of Savage Dragon Vol.2 #234 Savage Dragon #234 came out way back in May 2018.

I’m still trying to play catch up with my little reviews so I’ll make this quick and just leave this here with the usual collection of links and the beautiful backcover of this issue: Chris Giarusso recreation the classic cover for Savage Dragon #30.

And there’s more: Inside the book you can find Chris’ rendition of the three iconic covers of the original Savage Dragon miniseries and three pages of G-Man!

Oh and before I forget it — 4 issues into the book letterer Ferran Delgado is doing an outstanding job. I wonder though who’s idea it was to use that particular sound effect on page 15… I love it!

Reviews of Savage Dragon #234


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