Found in the Collection: Wendy Pini!

Below, an original page by the incredible Wendy Pini for Elfquest from 1980!
Wendy Pini (born Wendy Fletcher) was the first woman in America to co-create, write, and illustrate a continuing fantasy comics series, beginning in 1978. Furthermore, the series was self-published by Wendy and her husband Richard Pini through their Warp Graphics (the company name being an acronym of “Wendy And Richard Pini”), making it one of the very earliest small-press fantasy series as well.

Original Wendy Pini art from “Elfquest”. From the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (click to enlarge)

The first self-published issue, Elfquest No. 1 from 1978:

Issue No. 1 of Wendy and Richard Pini’s “Elfquest”, 1978. From The San Francisco Academy of Comic Art collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.



  1. How big is that page? I don’t know that I’ve seen Wendy’s art before. How big did she work?

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