Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Return of Sir Richard Grenville

The Return of Sir Richard Grenville
Script by Roy Thomas, Art by David Wenzel
from The Savage Sword of Conan No. 41 (June 1979) / Marvel / Curtis magazines

Based on a poem by Robert E. Howard, this Solomon Kane backup feature offers some good artwork from David Wenzel, who ably illustrated a number of Kane stories for the Marvel black and white comic magazines.....

Richard Grenville (1542 - 1591) was a British sea captain who, once when dining with a group of Spanish naval captains, displayed his machismo by chewing and swallowing his beverage glasses, pretending to ignore the blood running out of his lacerated mouth - ! 

During the Battle of Flores (August 31 - September 1, 1591) which took place near the Azores, his ship the Revenge attacked a numerically superior Spanish fleet; after much combat, which at one point saw the Revenge simultaneously attacked by five Spanish ships, Grenville was severely wounded. His crew (Robert E. Howard's poem places Solomon Kane among them) surrendered after Grenville was struck down. He died of his wounds two days later, aboard the Spanish flagship.

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