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Exhibition Geppi Gems

Sabre: A Comic Novel, August 1978. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (011.01.00) © Eclipse Comics


Capitalizing on the popularity of science fiction and fantasy themes in the 1970s, this early graphic (or comic) novel by writer Don McGregor and artist Paul Gulacy told the story of Sabre, a swashbuckling rebel fighting for freedom in a dystopian society and his interracial relationship with Melissa Siren. Notable not only for portraying this interracial relationship, Sabre was one of the earliest graphic novels published for the direct market (sales via comic book stores). It helped establish Eclipse Comics, an independent comics publisher known for publishing Miracleman by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Scott McCloud’s Zot!, and works by other artists such as Chris Ware, Eddie Campbell, and Trina Robbins.