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Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. He was featured in several comics published by Marvel Comics in the 1970s and 1980s. Dark Horse Comics began publishing a new series of Kane stories in 2008, and also published collections of the 1970s Marvel stories in 2009.

Solomon Kane
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Cover of The Saga of Solomon Kane  (2009), trade paperback collected edition
Character information
First appearanceMonsters Unleashed #1 (August 1973)
Created byRobert E. Howard
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Dark Horse Comics
FormatsOriginal material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) Savage Sword of Conan and a set of limited series.
Genre
Publication dateThe Sword of Solomon Kane
September 1985–July 1986
Solomon Kane
September 2008–February 2009
Number of issuesThe Sword of Solomon Kane
6
Solomon Kane
5
Main character(s)Solomon Kane
Creative team
Writer(s)Roy Thomas
Creator(s)Robert E. Howard
Reprints
Collected editions
The Saga of Solomon KaneISBN 1-59582-317-4
The Chronicles Of Solomon KaneISBN 1595824103
The Castle Of The DevilISBN 1595822828

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Marvel ComicsEdit

Marvel Comics published several comic books featuring Solomon Kane. He was the lead character in the six-issue limited series Sword of Solomon Kane, published 1985-6. He also appeared numerous times in the company's black and white, non-Code approved magazine format comics, most frequently in Savage Sword of Conan, starring Howard's most popular pulp character. The complete list of Marvel's Solomon Kane story appearances are:

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

It was announced at the 2006 Comic Con that Paradox Entertainment has completed a publishing deal with Dark Horse Comics for a Solomon Kane comic series, to be written by Scott Allie.[5][6] The first two arcs featured completed versions of two Howard fragments — "The Castle of the Devil" and "Death's Black Riders." The first issue picks Kane up traveling through the Black Forest after ending his military career.[5] It was a five-issue mini-series, based on "Castle of the Devil", and featured art by Mario Guevara (pencils), Dave Stewart (colors) and John Cassaday (covers). An eight-page sample was posted on the Dark Horse Presents MySpace page in June 2008 [7] and the first issue was published in September 2008.[8]

The second arc, "Death's Black Riders", was a four-issue mini-series published from January 2010 to June 2010. The third arc, "Red Shadows," had its first issue published in April 2011. "Red Shadows", based on a Robert E. Howard story and previously interpreted by Marvel in Marvel Premiere #33–34 (1976), follows Solomon Kane as he tracks le Loup, an expert French swordsman and womanizer with a habit of killing his conquests, through Europe, across the Mediterranean, and down the West Coast of Africa.

Collected editionsEdit

The Castle of the Devil, a trade paperback collection of the Dark Horse five-issue mini-series, was published in July 2009 (ISBN 1595822828).

In February 2009, Dark Horse announced a new collection entitled The Saga of Solomon Kane (ISBN 1595823174) which collected the 1970s Marvel stories.[9] This 400+ page collection includes various stories from Savage Sword of Conan, Conan Saga, Kull and the Barbarians, Marvel Preview, Monsters Unleashed and Dracula Lives.

They followed this with The Chronicles of Solomon Kane in December 2009 (ISBN 1595824103), which collected all the color stories, including the Sword of Solomon Kane limited series.

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