Sláine: The Horned God Portfolio was published in 1995 by SQP and featured six full colour paintings of the popular fantasy character by Simon Bisley.
Sláine first appeared in Prog 330 (cover dated 20th August 1983) of 2000AD, the weekly UK sci-fi anthology comic. The story, a mish-mash of Celtic and Norse mythology, was created by Pat Mills and the first instalment was drawn by his wife, Angela Mills (nee Kincaid). Over the next few years a succession of artists contributed to the adventures of the celtic barbarian — Massimo Belardinelli, Mike McMahon and Glenn Fabry to name a few — and the stories enjoyed some success with readers. But it wasn’t until 1989 that the strip really took off when Prog 626 (13th May 1989) introduced both the first instalment of the epic The Horned God storyline and a new artist for the character, Simon Bisley.
Bisley’s beautifully painted artwork, clearly influenced by fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, elevated the strip beyond the scope of a mass produced weekly comic and into true graphic novel status. The artist quickly became a fan favourite and the The Horned God has rightfully taken its place as one of the finest stories to emerge from the weekly title.
Sláine: The Horned God Portfolio contained six 11 x 14 inch colour plates inspired by the strip and printed on glossy card stock. The portfolio shipped with a cover sheet in a clear plastic bag and the set sold for $25. Print quality is high and the varnished paper stock brings out the colours of each plate nicely. This was the only portfolio set to feature Bisely’s take on Sláine and it’s a solid representation of his ground-breaking work on the title.
Here are all six plates — please note, one plate features female nudity.