==Claw the Unconquered== Edit
|publisher = DC Comics
|debut = Claw the Unconquered #1 (May-June 1975)
|creators = David Michelinie (writer)Ernie Chan (artist)
|alter_ego = Valcan Scaramax
|full_name =Valcan Imaconanrip off Scaramax.
|species = Human
|homeworld = Pytharia
|alliances = Legion of Poor Conan Knockoff,who can't make it
|partners = Beawulf,Stalker,Ironjaw,Wulf the Barbarian,
|supports = Wears suspenders under fur loinclothe
|powers =I guess to most comic fan boys-Superior strenth,brains and endurence isn't a power.
Claw is a fictional character a sword and sorcery hero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Claw The Unconquered #1 (June 1975), and was created by David Michelinie and Ernie Chan.
Similar in many ways to Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian,as what Scott Evil would a rip off (and, more particuliarly, Marvel Comics' depiction of him) Claw is a wanderer and a barbarian in an apparently prehistoric age who battles various wizards, thieves, monsters and warriors who cross his path. Unlike Conan however, Claw has a deformed, claw-like right hand, the result of a curse which has been placed on his family.Olso unlike his stories basically stunk and the character was a poor imatation of Michael Moorcocks Prince Corum.Basically,this guy,like Atlas Comics was a badly designed Conan Rif-Off,that never really got off the ground and still isn't in my opinion .DC Comic is stuck with they either have let or publish something to keep those rights active.
Claw was the most obvious attempt to emulate Conan. Aside from the red metal gauntlet that hid his beastlike namesake, Claw was pretty much a Conan clone from his long black mane to his somewhat shaggy loincloth. The initial issues even featured art by Ernie Chan, one of the most frequent inkers on the color Conan title. Claw ran for twelve issues and good ridence to a lousy Conan knock off.I don't mind a Conan imatation,but sorry to many of them,certainly the comic business sucks.Must either be writting or fear of law suites that make publishers try bad ideas.Or maybe alot of them,just it's all about the look and not the substance..
==Publication history== Edit
Claw the Unconquered #1 debuted in mid-1975, a period when DC Comics launched a record number of new titles on to the comic book market (16 new titles debuted in 1975 alone). Claw was one of several of these new series which were set in the "fantasy" or "sword and sorcery" genre, (others titles include Warlord, Stalker, Starfire, Nightmaster, Tor and Beowulf, Dragon Slayer). At the time DC's main rival Marvel Comics had found success in the genre with their Conan The Barbarian'' comics, and of all of DC's new fantasy characters Claw most closely resembles Conan in both his character and appearance (save the fact that Claw has a deformed hand).
One of my favorite experimental books DC produced in the mid seventies was the sword and sorcery title, . A quarter page black and white spot appeared in those fun add pages (which are few and far between today) in a one hundred page issue a few months before it was released. At the end of a fantastic Viking Prince story, there was this half page add of a barbarian, sword in hand, and a blurb that the character would begin in late February. No title of the book was given, so how was a boy to remember what to look for? As a kid though, it peaked my interest, since I always loved the fantasy material, especially from National
This book was launched with seven other titles that were featured in a full page color advertisement a short time later...First DC gave you the world's greatest Super-Herores, Then DC introduced top quality Mystery Tales...Now DC Comics presents Fantasy at its best in our all new Adventure comics Justice, Inc, Tor, Kong, Claw, Stalker, Warlord, Beowulf, now on sale in there own action packed magazines! The promo had images of the DC stable of heroes, their monsters, and the new characters they were promoting, so I thought they had to be good from the argument presented by my favorite publisher. And most of these books did have an audience, even though a small one, but that could not prevent their quick demise. Only survived long enough for Claw to appear in two backup stories with some early art by Tom Yeates. The character was even resurrected to feature in later issues of the 1995 team book, . But somebody other than myself must have liked the character with its recent Wildstorm mini-series and cross-over issues with Dynamite Comics of late.
Claw The Unconquered was published bimonthly up until #9 (October, 1976), restarting again at #10 (May 1978). The entire series was written by Michelinie (though the never properly published #14 was credited to Tom DeFalco) and Chan remained on the title up to #7, with Keith Giffen taking over pencilling duties with #8. With the addition of Giffen, the series began to incorporate some sci-fi elements, moving away from its pure sword and sorcery beginnings.The whole story,if remember read like mud and made little with Cryptic this and that crap. The relaunch of the series lasted just three issues, as it was suddenly cancelled with #12 (September 1978) as part of the "DC Implosion" when DC's comics line was drastically cut. The cancellation was so sudden that two further issues of the series had been fully written and drawn. These stories were published in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #1 in 1978, (however only 35 copies of that comic were ever officially published). The character was revived in 1981 for a two part back up feature in Warlord #48-49 (August-September 1981) written by Jack C. Harris with art from Tom Yeates. This series tried to wrap up the story of Claw,before Conan shows up his Hyborean Lawyers and sues his ass..
When the first issue appeared in June 1975, the tag line claimed THE WORLD TREMBLES BEFORE THE BLADE OF CLAW. I was excited about this new barbarian feature that looked a lot like Marvel's , but this warrior had a new gimmick, hidden underneath his crimson gauntlet was a horrible dragon's hand. Writer David Micheline provided the mystical scripts for the twelve issue run and the underrated Filipino artist Ernesto Chan provided the pencils for the first seven issues. Keith Giffin, Ricardo Villagran, Bob Layton, Joe Kubert, John Celardo, and Pat Boyette werethe artist/inkers for the remaining fantasy tales.
The basic story was our hero searching for his origin and the secret behind this evil hand that often acted on its own accord, since it had a will of its own. In Castle Darkmon, King Occulas had heard of an outlander that would destroy his realm. So with the help of his aged wizard, they sent a legion of creatures to stop the barbarian named Valcan, who was also known as Claw. With a price on his head, Claw had to defend himself against bounty hunters and discover three missing amulets that would lead him to the enchanted silver sword Moonthorn, which was to reveal his unknown past. Along the way Claw is assisted by a devil horned rogue, Ghikyn, the prince of the thousand hills, who saves the barbarian from death on many occasions. The fighting duo eventually discovers and matches together all the talismans pieces that transport them into the Seventh Realm. Here Claw finally confronts King Occulas to find his forgotten past he so desperately seeks.Are they kidding Occulas-another one eyed bad guy named Occulas.I'm glad he wasn't missing a foot or he'd called Footulas.
I have always enjoyed the talented Filipino artists that were working for National in the seventies and eighties, as the artwork on these few pages speak for themselves. Ernie Chan, who also used the last name Chua for a time, once explained that when he arrived from the Philippines a "helpful" immigration officer said that there were too many Chan's in the USA, so the official wrote in Chua on the paperwork. The name was later changed back, but fans often still confuse the "two" artists due to their similar style. Chan after working on and many other Marvel and DC titles put an incredible amount of detail on these pages. He seems to really pull out all the stops when compared to his horror, western, or super-hero work of the same time period. Every panel is action packed, filled with beautiful women, exotic landscapes, fierce creatures, and other features that made him a fan favorite for sword and sorcery tales. The writer and artist weave some nice touches into the story line often using classic mythical figures like the Cyclops and Centaur, as well as developing some unique monsters for Claw to overcome. And often when the fighting really gets going, some villain usually pulls off the scarlet gauntlet only to be shocked at his possessed devil's paw.
==Fictional character biography==
Claw's (real name Valcan),also not known as Mister Spock, adventures took place "in the realm of Pytharia" in a vaguely defined setting which resembled Earth's prehistory. His first adventure pitted him against "Occulas of the Yellow Eye" an Evil sorcerer and king who it is revealed, murdered Claw's father (who also had a deformed hand like his son). Occulas received a prophecy which predicted that a claw handed man would defeat him, and this is his reason for persecuting Valcan and his father.
Claw's origin was revealed in #9, where Valcan learns that his family is cursed to have demon hands throughout their bloodline as result of a deal his father made with demons.
In later stories it was revealed that Claw existed on the same world (Pytharia) as the original Starfire, which is apparently not Earth. And both Starfire and Claw were revealed as two of the "eternal champions of the Sornaii". The implications of this revelation were never explored as the series ended in a cliffhanger.
Claw The ConquerorEditFresh from his co-starring role in Dynamite's Red Sonja/Claw the Unconquered: Devil's Hands, Valcan Scaramax, better known as Claw, returns to comic store shelves in his own monthly series from DC's Wildstorm imprint. After two issues, Claw has begun a quest to rid himself of the reptilian appendage that gives him his name. Instigating the quest is the mysterious and beautiful witch, Satarina Kal Quillion, who quite obviously has more on her mind than helping Claw. To facilitate the quest, Satarina has provided Claw with three Berserker companions, one of whom is the archer woman, Vivardi. Not only are the Berserkers cousins, they're also shape-shifters. Where their true allegiance lies at this point is anyone's guess.
Claw #1-2, the first issues of The Conqueror arc, are mainly set-up. Author Chuck Dixon is introducing the main characters and slowly moving them into place. For those who remember the hay day of comics when Lee and Kirby or Claremont or Simonson or Perez could whip out a star-spanning epic that was complete in two or three issues, had a cast of hundreds, and contained two to three subplots per issue, this new Claw is skimpy reading. Three pages featuring the gathering of Navarra's rather small force seems over-indulgent, even with Dixon's appropriately pulpish and dramatic captions setting the stage for an epic battle. Dixon has captured the voice of his characters, though. Claw is impatient, but not stupid. Vivardi is an enthusiastic warrior with a sly sense of humor, and Navarra is a man on a holy crusade. Claw The Unconquered #2 - cover Andy Smith's art works well for the most part.
His battle scenes are up close and personal. The characters have a good range of body types and expression. The appraising look Claw gives Satarina upon first encountering the very well built, very underdressed witch says more about his character than a ream of paper could. Likewise Vivardi, as she licks her enemy's blood from her fingers. There's an unholy glee in her look that bodes poorly for her enemies. The only time Smith truly fails in his rendition is when he tries to show Claw without his customary accessories. In a scene in issue two where Claw and Vivardi have just shared the bedroll, as they say, Claw is grossly misproportioned. His head looks to have been pasted on his shoulders, as his neck seems to have been lost somewhere. And let's not even discuss his legs. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rench and Royer of WSFX have chosen a highly effective and moody palate that complements the story without overpowering it. Their shadowed scenes are mysterious without being muddy, and their reds stand out brilliantly.
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Claw's first in continuity appearance in over twenty years occurs in Wonder Woman #21 (August 2008), where Wonder Woman and Stalker recruit Claw and Beowulf for a mission to slay the Demon Lord Dgrth.
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Red Sonja /Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands # 4. Art by Jim Lee.
===John Chan=== Edit
Another version of Claw is a superhero character created by Steven Seagle and Ken Hooper. He first appeared in Primal Force #1 (October, 1994). An Asian youth from Hong Kong, this Claw has no direct ties to the original Claw, although he bears an identical misshapen hand. Claw's real name was John Chan (possibly in homage to Ernie Chan). Chan became the Claw after buying an ancient suit of armour and sword. The Claw of Pytharia, which had been dormant in one of the gauntlets, cut off his hand with the sword and grafted itself in place. The demonic spirit of the claw increased his fighting skills, but made it difficult for him to control his anger. John Chan was a member of Primal Force throughout that series' 15 issue run.
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