Early Images and Unused Covers of Frank Fosco’s Ethrian

Frank Fosco, penciler of many Savage Dragon back up stories (O’ Deadly Darklord, Rock vs Zeek, the origin of Powerhouse, the Rock House Diner, Ethrian, and the current Vanguard serial) has shared some old images and more recent unused covers related to his Ethrian character (pronounced E-3-N).

Most longtime Savage Dragon readers will remember Ethrian from his Image Comics debut in the year 2000 with the one-shot, “Vanguard: Ethereal Warriors” written by Gary Carlson and illustrated by Frank Fosco. The sequel, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”  recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon issues 145 through 152 and 154 through 159.

Long before Ethrian was featured in Image Comics, Frank Fosco had his character first published in 1977 in a music magazine called Triad. Gary Carlson discovered Frank’s work in the pages of Triad and asked him to bring Ethian over to his Megaton comic anthology. Carlson’s Megaton anthology would go on to publish other up and coming talent such as Erik Larsen, Angel Medina, Jackson Guice, and Rob Liefield. Vanguard, Dragon, Mighty Man, Ethrian, and Youngblood all graced the pages of Megaton publications before debuting at Image Comics.

Frank has provided Dragonfan.net with an early image of Ethrian as well as images of his debut in Triad Magazine:

Frank wrote:
This was from 1973, not ’76 or ’77 as I said on the Fincast (the Savage Fincast Podcast Episode 3). The goofy thing about this is that I’m holding the pen with my right hand…I’m left handed.

From Traid Magazine:

Last, but certainly not least, Frank provided us with some of the unused covers for the Ethrian story, “The Watchers of Pyrite Gorge”, which recently ran as a back-up story in Savage Dragon but was originally planned as a mini-series:

Thanks for sharing, Frank!