I was at my Local Comic Shop this past weekend for ‘Batman Day’ and they were having a 50-cent comics sale. One of the things that caught my eye was a box full of Heavy Metal magazine from the 1980s and 1990s. Heck, for 50 cents a pop I was game. I bought 35 issues. These are super cool and are loaded with work by creators like Richard Corben, Howard Chaykin, Enki Bilal, John Workman, and many more.
I don’t have many issues of Heavy Metal and I’m not really sure why. I was buying the hell out of Indie comics in the 1980s, and also anything I could find from these creators whenever I saw them, so it must have been that the comic shops and newsstands that I was frequenting just didn’t carry it.
I also loved Sci-Fi & James Bond movies, so I went to and loved the movie Outland in 1981, where Sean Connery portrayed the Marshal on Jupiter’s Moon Io… a movie commonly referred to at the time as “High Noon in Space”.
I never knew there was a comic book adaption of the movie, let alone one done by Jim Steranko! But what was staring me in the face when I cracked open my 50 cent copy of Heavy Metal from July 1981? Among other great stories, the 1st part of Steranko’s Outland adaption. Mind Blown!
A bit of internet searching and I discovered the story was serialized in Heavy Metal magazine in English, but never collected in English, though there was a collection of the 48 page story published in both France (in French) & Spain (in Spanish). The ‘Bronze Age of Blogs‘ covered it with images of the 1st 24 pages back in 2015, and Steranko has a few pages of it up on his own website as well.
The issues of Heavy Metal with the adaption are as follows:
- #51 (June, 1981) – Introduction; about the story
- #52 (July, 1981)
- #53 (August, 1981)
- #54 (September, 1981)
- #55 (October, 1981)
- #58 (January, 1982)
There’s a lot of other cool stuff in these issues, but the real eye-opener to me was Steranko’s Outland, enough so that I was compelled to come and write this blog entry to share my “discovery” 36 years after the fact.
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