Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dragon Magazine Collection: June 2012


Still busy filling holes in my Dragon Magazine collection. I came across another six missing Dragon Magazines, and also decided I might as well expand my collection past issue 145.

I've been looking for Dragon Magazine issue 140 for a while now.  It features one of the few Larry Elmore illustrations that I consider to be Dungeons and Dragons art.  In this case, a female cleric healing a stricken warrior.  It's an imperfect illustration, from an old-school perspective, since the depicted scene is almost entirely devoid of menace.  The female cleric seems unconcerned by the proximity of the giant, and the giant's glance towards the cleric seems half-hearted.

You can't help but be impressed, though, with Elmore's skill and attention to detail.  Consider the treatment given to helmets, weapons, chainmail and how the snow interfaces with the two human subjects.




7 comments:

Spawn of Endra said...

I believe the backstory to the image involves an altercation between Stevie Nicks (the cleric) and Mic Fleetwood (the giant) where Elmore stepped in the middle and ended up the worse for it. Wikipedia corroborates this story.

Aaron E. Steele said...

I don't know. It looks like Elmore is doing just fine with Nick's ministrations!

Roger the GS said...

The situation is not that mysterious. The giant has just knocked the fighter for a double, and is taking a peek at how the outfielder is handling the situation before deciding whether to go for third base.

Timothy Brannan said...

If you are looking to fill more holes in your collection then I highly recommend Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL. http://www.games-plus.com/.

They do mail order, so call them up and let them know what you are missing. It is very likely they will have it.

victor-von-dave said...

True, there might not be an immediate threat there, but depicting the aftermath of a battle has pretty strong old school roots as well (you don't need to look any farther than the classic PHB cover).
At least there's *something* happening in this painting. So many of Elmore's later Dragon covers are just women posing in front of incredibly well painted backgrounds. Beautful, but pretty boring.

Michael J Brisbois said...

Sentry Box had a load of Dragon Magazine. You might want to ask about the backstock...

Aaron E. Steele said...

Most of the ones they have are my duplicates...

But I appreciate the heads-up and check with them this weekend.

Thanks!