Thursday, May 2, 2013

Marvel's Black Knight

The character didn't interest me much, but the costume was kind of spiffy for its time, a mixture of medieval with modern. There isn't a lot of black on the Knight's outfit at all, just the boots, gloves, and surcoat. The blue cape doesn't match, but a cape is always good for a swashbuckling hero. Or a swashbuckling villain, as some of the versions of this character are evil. The one portrayed here is the good guy, who rode a winged horse and even was a member of the mighty Avengers for a while. His magical black sword is a tame version of Michael Moorcock's "Stormbringer," the soul-eating black demon-blade that later makes an appearance in the epic "Conan the Barbarian Meets Elric" series of the early 1970s. Elric, the albino king/adventurer created by British author Michael Moorcock, was the ultimate Black Knight. I am planning to re-visit Elric at some point. But not at the point of the Black Sword.

"Black Knight" is acrylic on illustration board, 3" x 7", fall 1985.

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