“(Starslayer) was a counterpart, a direct opposite of my first comic-book creation, the Warlord. The Warlord deals with a modern-day character in a primitive society. Starslayer features a Celtic barbarian in the far-flung future.”Creator Mike Grell, on the genesis of Starslayer
(From “Procreation,” the intro essay in Starslayer #1, February 1982)
Synopsis: Celtic warrior Torin Mac Quillon leaps into battle against invading Romans – and lands in the distant future!
Writer: Mike Grell
Rising to comics stardom with DC’s Warlord, auteur creator Mike Grell flips his winning concept for new publisher PC. As with Warlord, the success of Starslayer lies not in the material itself but in Grell’s passion for that material; his love of Edgar-Rice-Burroughs-inspired pulp fiction is contagious. This debut, set mostly in the past, is fairly routine, but the Arthurian connection and sci-fi-themed cliffhanger offer nice twists. Grell’s art is a bit rough in places, and the package is brought down by subpar lettering. But it’s still a lot of fun, and gets a “plus” for its early, indie cool.
Cool factor: Early PC books all have a bit of a cool factor.
Notable: First appearance Torin Mac Quillon. … According to Grell, this series was originally planned at DC, but fell prey to the DC Implosion. … Includes an ad for the debut of The Rocketeer in Starslayer #2. … A “Director’s Cut” version of this series was released in 1995.
“Perhaps I have a destiny as well … .”Torin Mac Quillon, future Starslayer and master of understatement
Published and © by PC, February 1982
Cover by Mike Grell