This is the first time I ever saw a rendition of Elric. The Jack Kirby cover of Giant-Size Conan #5 back in 1975. I still remember when I saw it and where I bought it. I actually shop at the same grocery store, though I lived in another town at the time.
It confused the daylights out of me when I got the first Eternal Champion HC from White Wolf and couldn't find The Silver Warriors!...not realizing the original name was Phoenix in Obsidian. Whoever came up with the idea to change the name and get a Frazetta cover...good idea!
This also brings up the question: So which is the direct sequel to Silver Warriors: Swords of Heaven, Flowers of Hell or Dragon in the Sword? Knowing Moorcock, the answer is likely "...yes."
James Cawthorn was a good friend of Moorcock. He also was an accomplished artist, admired by Burne Hogarth and others. He functioned as the "Sime" to Moorcock's "Dunsany". Cawthorn's art set the template for later depictions of Elric and other Moorcockian creations. He died in 2008.
Elric's entry in the original Deities and Demigods. I've personally always thought that Jeff Dee was one of the best of the early artists at TSR. His rendition of Elric (and, very importantly, Stormbringer) is certainly closer to what Moorcock described than several I've seen.
Foreword by Michael Moorcock. Stories by Matthew Baugh, Pierre Bordage, Richard Canal, Fabrice Colin, John Davey, Paul DiFilippo, Johan Heliot, Travis Hiltz, J.-M. & Randy Lofficier, Xavier Mauméjean, Michael Moorcock, Christian Vilà, Daniel Walther, Ehrich Weiss and Tony White. Translations by Michael Shreve. Introductions by J.-M. Lofficier.
Elric of Melinoboné... Duke Dorian Hawkmoon of Köln... Prince Corum Jhaelen Irsei of the Scarlet Robe... The unflappable English Assassin Jerry Cornelius... Time-lost Oswald Bastable... Count Renark von Bek of the Sundered Worlds... Over the years, Michael Moorcock has captivated readers with his unending versions of the Eternal Champion, the timeless warrior who serves the Cosmic Balance in the ongoing battle that rages between Law and Chaos through the many planes and levels of the multiverse.
This volume features all of the characters mentioned above and more, collecting two stories written by Michael Moorcock for the Tales of the Shadowmen series, sixteen more stories by some of America, England and France's best-loved sf and fantasy writers , plus a foreword penned by Moorcock for an earlier French companion anthology, translated by Michael Shreve and introduced by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
Contents: Introduction by J.-M. Lofficier Michael Moorcock: Foreword to The Gate of Worlds Michael Moorcock: The Affair of the Bassin des Hivers Matthew Baugh: The Garden of Everything Pierre Bordage: The Archivist Richard Canal: The Child of the Future Fabrice Colin: Eulogy for The Abyss Fish John Davey: An Organ of Bones John Davey: Death of a Dark Ship Paul DiFilippo: The Stealer of Marketshare Johan Heliot: The Music of Souls Travis Hiltz: War on the Moon Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier: J.C. in Alphaville Xavier Mauméjean: Qayin Christian Vilà: Brother of the Hyenas Daniel Walther: Heart of Ice Tony White: Stormbringer Tony White: The Jet Set Girls Ehrich Weiss: Renark's Dream Michael Moorcock: The Icon Crackdown