Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer

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A Graphic novel published by D C Comics in 2007. It collected the 4 issues of the comicbook published between 2005 and 2006. Drawn by Walter Simonson, coloured by Steve Oliff. Script was collected in Elric: In the Dream Realms.

The novel consists of collection of four stories

  • The First Dream: Bargains in Blades
  • The Second Dream: The Sea King's Sister
  • The Third Dream: The South Wind's Soul
  • The Fourth Dream: Dragon Lord's Destiny

Publishing History

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Connections

The events of this graphic novel take place immediately before the novel Elric of Melniboné.

Mike Says

  • It looks pretty good in general, even if DC got the trademark and copyright assignations wrong in the book! Ho hum. And I think the story is a legitimate prequel to Elric of Melnibone, trying to explain how Elric came by his powers and developing his relationship with the black sword and with Arioch.[1]
  • I think I might have messed up on the dates I gave. You're right about the story progressing from earliest Melnibonean history and the slow 'corruption' of Melnibone from benign trading power to ruthless empire. But I should have watched those dates. I was concentrating on how long the dreams lasted, I suppose. And the analogies between the USUK Empire and Melnibone are intentional, of course. And, yes, there is a link with Dragon in the Sword. I decided not to make a link to R'lin K'ren A'a.[2]
  • Yes, I prefer the idea of the Melniboneans settling in the world as from Dragon in the Sword because it makes better connections. For me, though the JME story had some good resonances, it didn't let me do as much with the idea. So Sadric's version wins! In the graphic novel I also enjoyed making links between Melnibone and America, using Amerindian-based imagery. All this, of course, was also developed in White Wolf's Son. I did this partly because I was also trying to escape the quasi-mediaeval imagery of most heroic fantasy and create a further distancing from both Conan and Lord of the Rings. The reason for this is because I don't want the undercurrents of the stories to be, as it were, muddied by association with those series. [3]

Comicbooks

Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer #1

The First Dream: Bargains in Blades

  • story: Michael Moorcock
  • art: Walter Simonson
  • letters: John Workman
  • colors: Steve Oliff
  • cover: Walter Simonson
  • editor: Joey Cavalieri
  • DC Comics, 2004

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Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer #2

The Second Dream: The Sea King's Sister

  • story: Michael Moorcock
  • art: Walter Simonson
  • letters: John Workman
  • colors: Steve Oliff
  • cover: Walter Simonson
  • editor: Joey Cavalieri
  • DC Comics, 2004

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Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer #3

The Third Dream: The South Wind's Soul

  • story: Michael Moorcock
  • art: Walter Simonson
  • letters: John Workman
  • colors: Steve Oliff
  • cover: Walter Simonson
  • editor: Joey Cavalieri
  • DC Comics, 2006

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Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer #4

The Fourth Dream: Dragon Lord's Destiny

  • story: Michael Moorcock
  • art: Walter Simonson
  • letters: John Workman
  • colors: Steve Oliff
  • cover: Walter Simonson
  • editor: Joey Cavalieri
  • DC Comics, 2006

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