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ElfQuest #1
October 10th, 2017 by Rusty

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ElfQuest #1 cover

ElfQuest #1

Date: April 1978
Publisher: WaRP Graphics
Cover Price: $1.00
2017 Price Range: $4 – $50
Stats: 31 color pages plus forward, pin-up art and Elf-olution
Writers: Wendy and Richard Pini
Artist: Wendy Pini
Notable Notes: A spruced-up reprint of ElfQuest’s first appearance!

Convoluted Publishing History

Some comic book series just really fly through the publishing companies. Astro City is one that comes to mind. ElfQuest is another one. Beginning in the late 1970s the Elf saga started off in Fantasy Quarterly #1 by an independent publisher, then it switched to the Pini’s homegrown company WaRP Graphics. Years later both Marvel and DC would pick up licenses to it, and so would Boing Boing and Dark Horse! Sheesh! Oh well, at least it is a good series, and one that deserves to be published – regardless of who is doing that publishing!


After a brief telling of how Elves were transported to this world (much to the disappointment of the native humans), we see the Elvish leader, Cutter, lead a mission to rescue one of his tribesmen from a human sacrifice ritual. In revenge the humans set the entire forest on fire, and Cutter’s tribe, the Wolfriders, must flee in search of a new home. They first go underground to seek help from the trolls, but when they aren’t welcomed there the trolls offer to lead them to a new, better forest. It turns out that the trolls were lying (who’d have thunk it!) and they trap the Elves in a desert. Whatever will they do now?! Gah – stupid trolls!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – I really liked the story, but it did have a lot of cliched fantasy tropes. I wonder if it felt like that in 1978 when it first came out? Probably not.
  • Art: 5 stars – I thought the art was fantastic! The elves, humans, trolls and wolves were all beautifully rendered and colored. The subtle, baked-in humorous scenes only added to my appreciation of the great pictures.
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – I have read a few ElfQuest comics over the years, but this was the first time I’d read the first, original story. I loved seeing how it all started, and it was just an overall fun read too!

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