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Rahan is a French comics series about an intelligent prehistoric man, that appeared first as part of Pif gadget starting in March 1969, then published in albums of 2 to 4 complete stories. It was initially written by Roger Lecureux, and after his death in 1999, by his son).
It was later adapted into a 2008 Italian-French animated television series, titled Rahan: Son of the Dark Age.
After the destruction of his tribe in a volcano eruption, Rahan moves from land to land and tribe to tribe while spreading goodwill among those-who-walk-on-two-feet, and a powerful ethic of cooperation. With his open altruism often at odds with his powerful will to survive, Rahan's ethic is encompassed by the qualities represented by the bear-claw necklace he received from his dying adoptive father, Crao: courage, loyalty, generosity, resilience, wisdom. Also, after he gets married, he receives a sixth claw, the claw of curiosity. That is well deserved, since in every one of the more than 100 stories spread over 30 years and 3300 pages of illustration (as of June 2005), Rahan uses the scientific method to pick up some bit of knowledge from nature and spin it to some useful purpose - for himself, for some human tribe or even to help some animals in distress. He comes up with the catapult, the net, the fishing pole, the lens, diverts water for use in drinking and agriculture, flies on wings of leather, uses concave mirrors to concentrate the rays of the sun to heat caves and fight rampaging animals,.... Every adventure combines the positive social attitude of a true leader with the inventiveness of a true scientist.
Rahan, the main character of this series is sometimes compared with Tarzan or Conan the Barbarian, though beyond the prehistoric, wild setting there are almost no similarities. But he has a battle cry just like Tarzan.
In 1986, Rahan was adapted into an animated series and there was another animated series made in 2008.
The black edition of Rahan which is still available for sale at several online stores was edited by Soleil Prod in 1998 and it's considered the most complete and beautifully crafted edition.
In 1986, Rahan was adapted for Television by RMC Audiovisual and lasted 26 episodes then in 2008, Xilam Animation, France 3, Rai Fiction and Castelrosso Films produced a television series titled Rahan: Son of the Dark Age. It is based on Rahan, but with many differences :
|magic is repeatedly shown to be the result of ignorant (mis)interpretations of physical phenomena||the main villain, the Shadow Queen, is an actual magic user|
|Rahan travels alone with his ivory knife and bear claw necklace||he's accompanied by a sidekick creature|
|there were rarely two stories following each other sharing the same characters||follows only one story arc|
- (in French) Jean-Francois Lixon, Rahan, le fils des âges farouches a 45 ans at France TV info. 18/11/2013.
- (in French) Rahan, fils des âges farouches on planete-jeunesse.com, 06/08/2011.
- France-Italy Animation 'Rahan: Son of the Dark Age' at MIP Jr, October 10th, 2008, by Aaron H. Bynum on archive.is.