0) "Neverwhere [the Movie]"

Appeared first time as an animation film Neverwhere [the Movie] (1968).

1) "Den [the Short Story]"

15 pgs. The original short story version (as a loose sequel for the animation film) appeared as 15 pgs story in Grim Wit #2 (1973) .

2) "Neverwhere" aka "Den [I]"

96+8 pgs. The extented full feature comic adventure version was printed first time in French magazine, a 4 part serial, Metal Hurlant #3 (1975) to #6 (1976) . The Grim Wit short story was transformed to 32 pgs beginning of the story (pay attention, page 11 is already spread on two pages to have full 8 pg chapters, though that way a spread frame in the lower half of pgs 8-9 is split in half in different issues). It says "À suivre" (i.e "To be continued") in the end, but was never completed [Alternatives].
Reprinted (the 16 pgs beginning) in Richard Corben's Funny Book (1976) . Story goes on more 11 pgs. - In Funny Book there is only these first 27 pgs. The first part has even "tbc", though Part two follows immediately after First.
Full feature version was reprinted (first time in English) in Heavy Metal #1 to #2 (1977) , where the same Grim Wit story appears again 16 first pgs of, this time, the beginning of full feature length evergrowing Den Adventure. "Den [I]" serial goes on monthly ten more episodes till Heavy Metal #12 (1978). It was reprinted as a full length album called Neverwhere (1978) . After conclusion in Heavy Metal Corben added Farewell Episode in Heavy Metal #13 (1978) , which was not in Neverwhere version. All later reprints have Farewell Episode: in Den [I]: Neverwhere [Catalan] (1984) and in Den 1: Neverwhere [Fantagor] (1991) . The Farewell Episode, "Den's Farewell", was reprinted sepatately in Heavy Metal Specials: The Best of Heavy Metal [#1] (1982), and 15 Years of Heavy Metal (1992).
Den appears also as one (color) episode of adult fantasy movie Heavy Metal (1981); story in the movie follows Den [I] storytelling, though it is only an excerpt of it. The movie poster of Heavy Metal the Movie is Den.
Story/Color/Art: Richard Corben (no signature in Grim Wit -part, but later as Richard Corben, © 1975, © 1976, © 1977). Lettered by hand (Corben) in old versions, and since Heavy Metal: printed.

Vers.1: 15 pgs short story, only existing version in Grim Wit #2.
Vers.2: 96 pgs (original pg 11 spreaded as two [Alternatives]) full feature, without "Den's Farewell".
Vers.3: 16 pgs + 11 pgs, only existing version in Funny Book.
Vers.4: 104 pgs (original pg 11 spreaded as two [Alternatives]) full feature, within 8 pgs "Den's Farewell".
Vers.5: Equals with Vers.2, except the latter half ! Only in Italy, Alter alter.

DK DK: as "Den [DK] [I]", as one in Den [DK] [I] (1978).
FRA FRA: as "Den [FRA] [I]: Voyage fantastique à Nullepart", as a 4 part serial in Metal Hurlant #3 (1975) to #6 (1976), and as one in Den: Première époque (1978).
GER GER: as "Den [GER] [I]", as one in Den [GER] [I] (1989), and as "Die Reise nach Nirgendwo", as one in Die phantastische Welt des Richard Corben #1 (1991).
ITA ITA: as "Den [ITA] [I]: Viaggio nel paese di Giammai", as a 12 part serial in Alter linus #7/76 to #10/76, Alter alter #11/77, and in #12/77 to #5/78 , and as "Den [ITA] 1", as one in Den [ITA] 1 (1979) .
NL NL: as "Den [NL] [1]", as a 12 part serial Color in Gummi #1 (1977) to #12 (1978) Vers2and as one in Den [NL] [1] (1982), and as "Nooitland", as one in Den [NL] 1.
SPA SPA: as "Den [SPA] [I]", as a 13 part serial in 1984 [SPA] #22 to #34, and as one in Den [SPA] [1] (1978).
SWE SWE: as "Den [SWE] [I]", as a 12 part serial in Tungmetall #1/86 to #12/86, and as one in Tungmetall presenterar #4 (1991).
YUG YUG: as "Den [YSL] [I]", as a 33 part serial COL in Stripoteka #880 (1986) to #912 (1989) Vers.2.

Style: Colored with overlay technique. Genre: SF/Fantasy. Time Span: Ancient fantasy. Nudity: Full frontal nudity, both males and females.
Keywords: Transformation. Dream world. Love. Fight for life. Magic. Betrayal. Stones.
Synopsis: A miserable boy transports himself into Barsoomish (Edgar Rice Burroughs!) dream world of voluptuous girls and well hunged guys. In Neverwhere, where he ends up, there is also enemies and monsters, magic and sorcerers as a part of everyday life. Because of the help of his Uncle Dan's writings and formulas he becames Den, muscular well hunged adonis. He meets all Den Adveture's main characters: Indian girl with bells and lizard the ride, beastie men and sorcerers, Kath the love (she came from Earth too, but from year 1892 - good for nothing girl becomes a voluptuous beauty, indeed) and the Queen, the bad Kath (doppelgänger). There is also Loc-nar, the magic power stones (see J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillions of his Middle Earth stories) the Queen is after. In Farewell Episode Den meets finally his good friend Zeg, who appears in Corbens other stories time after time. Zeg used to have a simple servant, but he lost it before he met Den.
Comment: Den in it's the most brilliant period. Corben in his best. His own story of the first adventure of Den is very good. The name of the powerful scepter, "Locnar", was used before as the name of Bloodstar's rival in "Bloodstar", though there it was spelled "Loknar".
Alternatives: Page 11 of the original story (only in Gril Wit ) has been divided on two pages later in all reprints . That is to get full 8 pg chapters, though that way a spread frame in the lower half of pgs 8-9 is split in half in different chapters. The original 4x4 frame page is now enlarged as two 3x3 frame pages. The last frame of page 11 is totally new (an exremely close up of Indian girl); on a new page 12 there is only eight frames to make 3x3 frame page (a lower left corner is empty).
Special: In Neverwhere (1978) version, the title "Den" is replaced with the title "Neverwhere".
Humour: On page 7 you can see a visible hard on on Den, while he is watching the Indian girl with bells...
Extras: Den's Legacy, a full length run through of entire Den's adventures (beware a major spoilers!).

Copyright © 1997 Heart-Attack-Series, Ink!,
Created: September 4, 1997. Modified: September 28, 2012.