Tales Of Telguuth
A Zarjaz legacy
Release Date: 12 March 194 pages | Paperback Publisher: Rebellion Writer: Steve Moore Artists: Various
Making his debut with Dan Dare adventure “Hollow World” way back in 1977’ s prog 12, the late Steve Moore, who passed away in March last year, was a significant contributor to 2000 AD, and as old friend Alan Moore notes in his introduction to this collection, the co- creator of Tharg’s perennial Future Shock fill- ins. Out of all his work for the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic he was most fond of this series of similarly structured one- off adventures.
First published in 2000 AD’s prog 1191, they take place on the fantastical world of Telguuth, “a planet of perverse wonders”. As with George RR Martin and Lisa Tuttle’s novel Windhaven, these stories are actually fantasy in all but name. Bringing to mind both Michael Moorcock’s Multiverse and Robert E Howard’s Hyborian Age, they feature a variety of wizards, monarchs, thieves and sinister creatures pitting their wits and mystical abilities against each other before at least one of them meets a violent end.
Read in quick succession, the repetitiveness of the five to six- page format soon starts to wear thin, so it’s a welcome development when some of the later tales adopt a greater length. Different artists bring a refreshing diversity of styles that ranges from lush fully painted work to more gritty cartooning. It adds up to a fine tribute to a much- missed talent that also highlights an intriguing gem from 2000 AD’s vaults. Stephen Jewell Moore also wrote several Tales Of Telguuth prose stories, which are being released by Strange Attractor Press.
Just a mess.