Welcome to the Hexagon Universe
Underwater heroes and amphibian characters from Jules Verne’s famous rogue submariner, Captain Nemo and his myriad imitators, to Marvel’s Sub-Mariner and DC’s Aquaman (1941), have always proved popular with comic book aficionados. Hexagon Comics introduced their own “Lords of the Depths” in six series, which we have sampled here in three issues. This is the first:
The Sea King (1969), drawn by the incomparable Mario Cubbino, starring. Daniel Cluny, an ex-captain of the French Navy, who was the subject of an experiment that gave him the ability to live and breathe underwater.
Bathy-09 (1978), a unit of the International Oceanic Force, created to police the undersea world, comprised of American skipper Tony Yale, French pilot Jean Pujo, and Italian navigator Bruno Valeri, cruising the seas aboard their submarine, the Shark-09.
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For the first quarter of the 1900s, the United States was the world’s leading producer of comics. European cartoonists were nation‑confined and did not achieve international recognition until the middle of the 20th century. By then, the universal popularity of comic books had opened unlimited opportunities. No longer was the newspaper the only platform for cartoonists. Comic books were being originated in every country and their publishers began to find international markets. Despite the emergence of great European talents, American talent, benefiting from America's "head‑start", managed to retain a position of preeminence. So creators like Jack Kirby, Lou Fine, Jack Cole, Harvey Kurtzman, and Stan Lee became standards against which all comics world wide were measured. In Europe there arose strong innovators who gained international acclaim and those artists who remained loyal to the conventions upon which the earlier comics depended. HEXAGON COMICS brings to America the work of creators from French and Italian studios that were published by Editions Lug, and who labored for decades to create popular series in the mold of their American counterparts...
The HEXAGON UNIVERSE of characters is a library of approximately 3000 comic books consisting of over 250 characters created and published over the past 70 years that have sold over 400 million units, in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey and, through Image Comics and Black Coat Press, in the United States. There is no comparable library of comic book properties of this size and depth available in the world today.These characters encompass all genres and have been successfully established in Europe for well over five decades. Like the Marvel Comics and the DC Comics characters, the Hexagon characters exist in the same, integrated universe. That universe encompasses heroes from ancient times, such as the sword-wielding barbarian Kabur (portrayed above), pirates and corsairs such as Dragut, knights and soldiers who fought under Napoleon or in the British Raj, cow-boys and gunslingers, World War II heroes, superheroes of all kinds, and even a number of futuristic, space opera characters...