ARAK (SON OF THUNDER) (DC) (1981) #1 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Arak #1
Premiere Issue! "The Sword and the Serpent!" is written by Roy Thomas, with art by Ernie Colon and Tony DeZuniga. After finishing his run on Conan for Marvel, Thomas longed to tell swashbuckling fantasy stories in a milieu much closer to home than Robert E. Howard's Hyborea. He chose as his world the European Dark Ages of the 8th century and as his hero, a land-lost Native American who would come to be known as Arak, Son of Thunder.

Far adrift from familiar waters, a longship of Vikings comes across a red-skinned youth floating alone in a birchbark canoe. Taking him aboard, the marauders marvel at the strange hue of his complexion. A Frank named Hermold takes him as a slave and teaches him the Viking language and art of war. Later, as a young man, Arak takes part in a raid on a monastery where he first encounters Christianity and its pacifist view. But on a return visit, he finds the monks driven to violence by twin sorcerers from the mysterious East who command a massive sea serpent! The Vikings are crushed before its fury, leaving Arak to end this abomination's reign of terror.

GCD Data

Title: The Sword and the Serpent!

Featuring: Arak

Credits: Roy Thomas (Script), Ernie Colon (Pencils), Tony DeZuniga (Inks), Carl Gafford (Colors), Ben Oda (Letters).

Comic Creator Database

Publisher: DC ComicsTitle: ARAK (SON OF THUNDER) (DC) (1981)
IssueFairGoodVery GoodFineVery FineNear Mint
1 (2.00) (3.75) 6.00 9.00 15.50 23.00

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