Thursday, 7 July 2011

Vanguard Is Out!

Cover by Liam Byrne

Last night, I watched The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. This film includes a brilliantly realised Griffin, and upon seeing it I was compelled to speak out to my fellow viewers on my admiration for Ray Harryhausen. For the Griffin is a treacherous beast. It looks so majestic, so regal, so in control of all it surveys. The king of the animals and the lord of the birds, fused together into one single being.

Yet look closer, and you will see the animal is not all it seems. That look of supreme poise can only be maintained as long as the thing stays perfectly still, its front legs locked straight. The moment it moves, you realise...

A Griffin has four knees!

Oh what a cumbersome creature it becomes. This four kneed fool falls suddenly from regent to jester, cantering about in such a way as to leave the whole animal kingdom jeering at its folly. The courtly mountains are replaced by a wicker cage, and this king for a day pays the ultimate price of the cycle of life as it is left screaming out that the crops will not grow and the harvests will fail, and next it shall be we who are left burning in that pagan idol!

Er, by which I mean... Harryhausen solved this problem by giving his Griffin  the front legs of the lion rather than the eagle. Brilliant! I chose the other option. I broke the Griffin. My Griffin has four elbows instead, and I feel dirty just thinking about this crime against anatomy.

What Griffin am I talking about? Why, the Griffins that feature in the rather wonderful comic Vanguard! You can follow that link for more information, though the most important bits are here:

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  1. Are you sure eagle legs have knees? I mean, if I were making a griffin I'd probably leave the feline shoulder arrangement and have the legs look superficially eagle-like from the elbow on down, with the feet elongated a bit so the joint (ankle joint, in a real bird?) could fulfill the function of a cat's wrist joint. Have to reduce the size of the rear-facing toe a bit (need to learn more proper anatomy words) because eagles' feet ain't made for walking.
    I suppose that might count as giving it the front legs of a lion, but tbh if they're yellow and scaly and have big grasping talons on the end, all it takes is a few feathers over the elbow joint and most people are going to call them eagle legs.

  2. Yeah, I did what many Griffin drawers have done through the years and let the eagle's ankles become elbows while letting the knees disappear beneath a mound of indistinguishable feathers.

    The toe you are thinking of is the Hallux, the backwards toe in Anisodactyly feet, and the big toe in us normal people. See, I did proper research for this comic and everything. Check out Hallux in Wikipedia, there is totally a picture of Andy's foot!