Pan's-Eye View - "Disappearing Act"
By Marcus Pan
This here, "Pan's-Eye View," is my newest addition to
Legends. In this department I will discuss anything I feel like writing about,
whether it be about Legends or not.
"Disappearing Act" is the name of this column. What
disappearing act? Well, that one practiced by Jaken Steele, once the assistant
editor of Legends and author of one of the most well-received series touted in
Legends, "The Last Warrior."
How someone can take part in something as Legends and then
drop into the shadows is beyond me. I met Jaken Steele a little over a year ago
and since he has taken a great interest in Legends. In June of 1992, Legends'
17th issue, his "The Last Warrior" series proved to be nearly, if not just as,
popular as my very own Albinor Chronicles. Strong enough to open a new world in
this magazine, the series was used to formerly kick off both issues 17 and 18.
But there was no clash between Albinor, my world, and his portrayed in the saga
of Janick and the bickering Mylos and Tyran. The stories unfolded chapter by
chapter as the months rolled on, and they did so together.
By issue 22, Steele displayed avid talent not only in
fantasy, but in art, as his illustrations debuted in this issue and followed
thereafter on the cover of 23. His involvement in Legends became nearly as
profound as my own, and in December 1992's issue 23, he rose as assistant
editor. I wrote then, in issue 22's afterword, "
he has shown the high
levels of expertise, congeniality, interest and enthusiasm
" So I went out
on a ledge and welcomed Steele into the world of Legends; not just as a
visitor, but a resident.
Steele and I became close friends, tempered with travels and
trials not many friendships would last through. Legends and DnD became our
focal point and experiences shared together gave us a few bumps and bruises but
left us with stories and thoughts we could share. Late night DnD games and the
travels of the "Real Silent Collectors" kept us on the edge (not to mention
The times I have spent with my fellowman, compatriot and
brother, Jaken Steele, I will never forget. Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters"
will forever ring in my head as our song. But, with the recent disappearance of
Steele, it looks as if our adventure ended. With sorrow I bid farewell to my
brother, Jaken Steele. Legends will miss your own brand of strangeness that
melded so well with my own. Peace Steele..I love you, bro'
Where the hell are you, anyway?