By Kevin Curtin
Who remembers this fun series in The Dragon Magazine? The Giants in the Earth series took “Classic Heroes from Fiction & Literature” and gave them AD&D 1E stats. The first article included Jack Vance’s Cugel the Clever, the immortal Kane by Karl Edward Wagner and Talbot Mundy’s Tros of Samothrace.
The series of articles started in 1979 with issue #26 and continued through 1982 with issue #61. The authors were TSR staff and included Lawrence Schick, Tom Moldvay, & Dave Cook. Others contributed as the series went on.
The authors broke many of the AD&D rules to create these characters. Most are multiclassed which was impossible for a human in AD&D First Edition. Humans could dual class but even that was very limited. I recall reading somewhere (probably Dragon Magazine) that Gary Gygax thought the levels were way too high for most of the characters and I definitely agree. The characters detailed could easily challenge most of the gods in Deities & Demigods! Take a gander at their stats below.
I always enjoyed seeing these articles and even used one or two of these Giants over the decades. Heck, I even had Sir Kal El, Paladin of Krypton, show up once too. Never know who’s roaming around Greyhawk when Zagyg and I are behind the screen.
Did you use any of these Giants in your game?
Or did you also have Sir Kal El show up?