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An Introduction to the Devil's Catalogue

Introduction - Welcome to the Devil's Catalog, glad you could stop by. What we do here is TRY to simply catalog everything that is related to Matt Wagner's wonderful comic character Grendel. For those of you who don't know who Grendel is, here's a quick introduction.

The classical Grendel is, of course, the villain in Beowulf. Obviously the comic Grendel isn't this character. Instead, the original comic Grendel was Hunter Rose, a genius novelist who had a penchant for crime. Yes, the comic Grendel was a villain, albeit a stylish one. He started off as a hired assassin, and made his way up through the mafia ranks quite quickly, to become the head of organized crime on the East Coast. His actions drew the attention of Argent, a wolf-like creature attached to the police department. Argent and Grendel would clash several times, using Hunter's adopted ward Stacey Palumbo as a pawn (or was it the other way around?) Argent and Hunter had a final roof-top confrontation that left one dead and the other crippled. That's a quick re-telling of "Grendel-Devil by the Deed" which appeared in the pages of Comico's Mage comic book circa 1984. The backups were republished in a graphic novel format, and proved to be VERY popular (the introduction by comic god Alan Moore may have had something to do with it. Grendel couldn't die, and thus in 1986 Comico asked Matt to do a monthly series titled Grendel. The problem was, Hunter Rose was dead.

Matt went with a sequel storyline, called "The Devil's Legacy" which focused on Stacey Palumbo's daughter, Christine Spar. Christine would become the next Grendel, and for 12 issues we thrilled to her adventure. The Devil's Legacy, it seemed was tragic though, as at the end, Christine succumbs to Grendel, who would live on. The spirit of Grendel would survive as a concept for many years, inhabiting many, many individuals over the course of time. The storyline was expanded to a science-fiction soap-opera, and endured for several years.

The complete list of ORIGINAL Grendel comics is available in the Comics section. I kind of fell off listing the Dark Horse Reprints after the reprinting of Devil's Legacy, but eventually I'll add everything up to day. A listing of MOST of the merchandise is available in the merchandise section, again I haven't added the few items that have come out in the last couple of years, but eventually I will.

I would like to point out, that I'm not selling this stuff at this time. While the merchandise section is quite extensive, I'm not a store, and I'm not selling ANYTHING. The few extra things I do have usually get sold on eBay to support my numerous habits. In the meantime, if there's anything I've forgotten, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Apparently this site is getting fairly well known, as over at Movie Poop Shoot Scott Tipton, the fine author of Comics 101 has recommended this site! yeay! And keep up the good work Scott, even though I do disagree with your assessment of JMS work on ASM, you do a fine and informative job.

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Informative Links:

I wanted to publish these on the site, because I thought you all might like to see the info, and didn't know it was available.
Matt Wagner's official site: Brand spankin' new, complete with pictures and all sorts of cool stuff.

Matt's Forum at Comic World News. Join the conversation about all things related to Matt. You can find me there as "WildWill"
Interview with Matt Wagner from December 1999 about the genesis of Devil's Legacy and Hunter. Good interview.
Interview with Matt Wagner from September 1998 about Black, White & Red.
Interview with MW from April, 1996 about Batman/Grendel II
Search the Dark Horse website for Grendel Comics to buy

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