With The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, Don Lawrence reached the pinnacle of painted artwork – but now you can see what the master could do with just pen and ink in the first volume of Karl The Viking.
Since the Treasury of British Comics began putting out its collections of The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, more and more comic fans have had their chance to see just what the master of painted art was capable of.
But that’s not all that Don Lawrence produced in his long career in comics and now the Treasury of British Comics is bringing back one of Lawrence’s most popular series – Karl the Viking – in the first of a multi-volume reprint series that begins in February 2022.
Originally serialised in the pages of Lion in the 1960s, this is the story of Karl – born a Saxon but orphaned when his father dies fighting Viking raiders. Impressed by his fallen foe’s bravery, the Viking leader Eingar adopts Karl as his own and raises him to be a mighty and noble warrior.
When he comes of age, Karl succeeds Eingar and leads his tribe on wild adventures across the world, from the continent that what would one day be called America, to Egypt and even Atlantis! And when he returns to Britain, battling against wild tribes of Picts, Karl discovers with his old Saxon family, gaining an ally in his cousin Godwulf, and making an enemy of the Earl of Eastumbria.
Originally created by Lawrence and writer Ken Bulmer, Karl the Viking appeared in Lion Comic from October 1960 under the title Sword of Eingar, which followed chieftain Karl and his rival Skurl both having pledged to recover a weapon stolen by a Saxon lord, Earl Gyrth of Eastumbria.
However, once the initial quest ended, the popularity of Sword of Eingar was such that it continued, now under the name Karl the Viking, for four years until September 1964.
Since then it’s been reprinted many times across Europe and in Britain, but this is the first time that the entire saga will be collected in one series, all with the impressive restoration work we’ve seen on all of the Treasury collections.
A sweeping historical fantasy. Stunning art from one of British comics’ undisputed masters. The collection of Don Lawrence’s stunning Karl the Viking will be available from 19 February 2022.
Karl The Viking Volume 1 – The Sword of Eingar – Written by Ted Cowan, art by Don Lawrence
The Sword of Eingar contains the stories The Sword of Eingar, The Long Voyage to Oxaca, The False God, The Powers of Helvud, and El Sarid the Merciless.
Originally serialised in LIon from 29th October 1960 to 1st December 1960
Published by Rebellion/ The Treasury of British Comics on 19th February 2022.
And now, as a fine treat, all that gorgeous Don Lawrence artwork from the first few pages of Karl The Viking…