Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Another Arthur Conan Doyle character more obscure than Sherlock Holmes, is Professor Challenger, the hero of The Lost World novel, followed by two more novels, The Poison Belt & The Land of Mist, along with two short stories.

The Lost World was made into an Irwin (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) Allen motion picture. Not only was the adaptation in the comic book written by legendary Paul S. Newman, but also illustrated by equally legendary Gil (His Name Is...Savage!, Blackmark) Kane!

The novel, originally published as a serial, tells the tale of an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America, where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs & other extinct creatures) still survive. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger is an aggressive, dominating figure.

Dell Four Color #1145 The Lost World  Fantastic adventures of an expedition to a lost land of prehistoric animals and fierce headhunters!
"Movie Classic" on photo cover. 

"The Lost World"
Preview of the story, inside front cover, black & white.
Five photos from the movie and a partial cast list.
"The Lost World"
Written by the prolific Paul S. Newman
Art by Gil Kane (doing some great dinosaurs!) & Mike (Spartacus, G-8) Peppe.
Determined to prove his discovery of a lost world in the Amazon jungle, Professor Challenger leads an expedition by helicopter to a plateau filled with prehistoric beasts.
"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle"
Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Inside back cover, black & white.
"The Galapagos Islands"
Description of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Back cover, with art by Gil Kane & Mike Peppe.

Gil Kane also went on to do the Topps Comics Jurassic Park comic book adaptation, with Walt (Manhunter, Thor) Simonson & George (White Tiger, Avengers) Perez. Love his work on dinosaurs.  

Millennium Comics came out with a 2 issue series of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Haven't seen it. Nice covers, but I don't anticipate a faithful adaptation of the book or the movie. Too bad, Classics Illustrated didn't adapt The Lost World.

DVD cover, contains two movie versions of The Lost World!
It's always fun to find works I'd not come across before. Especially with this talent involved-I mean-Gil Kane! Cool!
Adaptation of Irwin Allen's Lost in Space! Joe Jusko cover!

My favorite Irwin Allen TV series and a great comic book series!
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!
Rare, unpublished Steve Englehart & Gil Kane The Prisoner comic book.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome, would love to read this.

    Also never knew there were other Professor Challenger stories.