The Defiant Lost History of David Lapham’s Mongrel

David Lapham is known for stray bullets but whatever happened to his DEFIANT Mongrel? And what did George Romero have to do with it?

In the mid-’90s Jim Shooter, once the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and later a founder of  VALIANT comics created DEFIANT comics. Among those that went with him was David Lapham, an artist/writer who would go on to win Eisners for his independent work on his own Stray Bullets. Lapham would be the artist on the debut comic from DEFIANT, Warriors of Plasm, but before he did that, before anyone did anything at DEFIANT we could put in our hands and read, we got Mongrel.

mongrel lithograph defiant david lapham

We never saw him again. It’s no secret that the medium of comic books, at least in the United States direct market is mostly dominated by characters that have been around for decades and come with not only a personal history but in many cases multiple histories. They’re great and are the foundation of the industry and fandom but I also love me some characters who pop up in the midst of these grander chapters; mere footnotes in the continuity of larger footprints stomped into many a secondary world.

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