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Re: Wizard's Crown for C64

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:19 am
by intric8
One more bit on this, which I just discovered this morning after talking to my brother about the Blue Android piece, "The Embrace". Seeing that image yesterday really slapped my face as I KNEW I'd seen it multiple times but could not for the life of me remember where.

I thought maybe OMNI magazine, or Heavy Metal. Anyway, I just kept looking.

When I was a teenager, I collected ... strange comics. I wasn't into super heroes by and large. But I loved horror comics; the really old ones from the 1950s and 60s up to present times (1980s). And back in the 80s, there was a series by Bruce Jones that was exceptional called Twisted Tales, published by Eclipse in 1986 - the exact same timeframe as the games above. Imagine a Twilight Zone comic book with several short stories, each drawn by masters of the macabre including my heroes Bernie Wrightson and Richard Corben. I still have that entire set, and to this day I've never seen anything ever come close. At the time I was too young to buy them (they had age restrictions and were put in special locations in some stores) but my brother would help get them for me.

Jones also released a trippy sci-fi series called Alien Worlds covering the same general idea, and with some of the same artists. Issue number one? Guess who painted it? Yep - Joe Chiodo.
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See "CHIODO" there in the bottom right corner?

Looking through that set even further, I found the Blue Android picture I linked to up above that's been driving me crazy. I've had this comic in my possession for most of my life (albeit in plastic, in a box, carefully stored). I only look at these about once every 5 years or so maybe even a bit more, so I don't feel too bad it didn't come to me straight away.
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He even did more covers from that series. To think after all these years I've now had conversations with this artist kind of puts me on cloud 9! I've since pinged him about "The Embrace" as well. =)

Re: Wizard's Crown for C64

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:59 am
by Zippy Zapp
Awesome artwork and research there intric8, love it!

As to the game I know I played it back in the day as I had bought it. Back then we didn't care too much about imperfections, be it game play or graphics. "Ultima like" games were popular and popping up all the time. EA had several as did many other software publishers. Most of them were for sure worth playing. If it was Ultima, or "Ultima like" I played it, usually.

Today we have access to so much software and hindsight so it is easy to cherry pick. However, since you bought it, I think it is for sure worth a play IMHO.

Re: Wizard's Crown for C64

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:02 am
by rpiguy9907
Amazing detective work on the artist!

There were so many evocative game covers I wonder how many he did.