September 3, 2012

S&S Comic Masters: Enrique Alcatena


If you’re looking for some of the most unrelievedly  grim and bad-ass representations of Conan the Cimmerian, check out the art of Enrique Alcatena


This Argentian artist worked on Conan the Savage in the early 90s, in  addition to doing work for the British F&SF magazine Starblazer and many other projects for DC, Marvel, and European publishers.




Alcatena’s work often dips into surrealist inspirations, and the guy is a masterful chameleon when it comes to  adding real cultural/historical details, be it African, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Arabian or Tibetan.  In sheer delirious detail, Alcatena’s art reminds me of Philippe Druillet’s.

tenebra 46


africa 37

Y 35

jinetes 02

jinetes 09

In one Conan the Savage story, he outfits Conan with a Villanovan-style helmet, a design I very rarely see in fantasy illustration but looks extremely cool. 


His rendition of a Japanese setting and characters could be mistaken for the work of a manga artist like Kentaro Miura!

schimpp 08

japón 38

Hindu-Buddhist mythology seems to have exercised a strong attraction for Alcatena, as evinced in his Shankar series loosely based on a Buddhist reincarnation story.

india 85

Recently he and Ashok Banker collaborated to adapt Banker’s Prince of Ayodhya series, a retelling of the Ramayana, into a graphic novel.

Prince of Ayodhya 07

Prince of Ayodhya 08

Alcatena maintains a blog in Spanish, here’s a link to the Google translation (English).

All images used here save miniature photo © Enrique Alcatena.


  1. Wow! Thank you for the pics and the link! This is really great stuff! :D

  2. Glad you liked them. I'm hoping Alcatena will someday do a graphic novel based on Tanith Lee's Tale of the Flat Earth!


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