The Lord of the Rings Comic Book Adaptation, 1979 – 1981

LOTR Iceland 1979

LOTR Iceland 1980

LOTR Iceland 1981

LOTR Spanish 1979-2

LOTR Spanish 1979-3

LOTR Spanish 1979-4

LOTR Spanish 1979-5

There was no American or English comic book adaptation of The Lord of the Rings following Ralph Bakshi’s animated movie of 1978—the closest we got was the Warren Special Edition magazine—but there was a beautiful three volume adaptation that appeared throughout Europe, licensed by Tolkien Enterprises in California. The lack of an English adaptation is attributed to “copyright issues,” which probably means that it was prohibitively expensive.

The artist is Luis Bermejo Rojo, a Spanish illustrator best known to American audiences for his work on Warren’s Creepy from 1974 to 1983. The covers above, all by Bermejo, are the Icelandic editions, and the pages are from the Spanish editions. The series was released between 1979 and 1981. Bermejo passed away in 2015.

(Images via Tumba Abierta and Tolkien Library)

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