Friday, February 14, 2014

Video Game Huk !

Remember the video game Golden Axe released in 1989 for Sega? It was a great game full of sword and sorcery barbarian carnage, and the box artwork is below.


If we look closely at the character riding the dinosaur we see a very familiar image (see detail below).


This guy looks like the viking-styled Galaxy Warrior Huk. The helmet is the same as Huk's helmet, and although Huk was made with an orange beard, the prototype for Huk, seen on the back of the Beast from Ferror box, has a yellow beard (shown below).


This is an amazing coincidence, and it is very possible that the inspiration for the Golden Axe barbarian did not come from Huk, but instead came from the same Frank Frazetta painting, Snow Giants, that Huk's design comes from. A detail from that painting is below.


To learn more about the Galaxy Warriors' connection to the art of Frank Frazetta please see The Frazetta Connection. 

2 comments:

  1. It's crazy how much of the Barbarian mythos was influenced by Frazetta.

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