Books: Atlantis

Illustrator: Boris Vallejo
Size: 11 x 8.375 ins
Pages: 100 (excl. covers)
Publisher: Apache Communications
Published: 1983
  Atlantis - front coverCover: Captain Newfoundland   Atlantis - back coverRear Cover: Mademoiselle

Although it only contains three Boris paintings this book is included because it is the only source for two of them. Having said that, obtaining a copy of this rare publication is another matter!

This graphic novel is the result of eccentric (according to Wikipedia) businessman/media-magnate Geoff Stirling's attempt to create the first Canadian comic superhero. This character, Captain Newfoundland, debuted in 1979 in the Stirling owned Newfoundland Herald. Stirling was unsuccessful insofar as there were already existing Canadian superheroes but his new character was nevertheless a success in Newfoundland (the character's, and Stirling's, home province.) The basis of the stories is that Newfoundland is all that remains of Atlantis and that Captain Newfoundland, who also goes by the name of Captain Atlantis, is a surviving Atlantian.

An amalgam of the original comic strips was published in an earlier graphic novel in 1981. This later volume repeats one of those stories but also contains some newer material. Stirling was a great believer in eastern mysticism and this features strongly in the storylines. A side effect of this is that the story chapters are called Chakras. The paintings have been titled Chakra II to Chakra IV - the last of these is derived from the Boris II trading card set but I'm at a loss as to how the other names were obtained since the images are untitled in the book.

It was intended that this be a two-part issue but so far as I can establish the second volume was never released. Whether it would have contained more Boris artwork is also unknown.

Captain Newfoundland, Boris Vallejo50 Captain Newfoundland Mademoiselle, Boris Vallejo51 Mademoiselle Chakra II, Boris VallejoInside back cover Chakra II

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