Wormy ran in the back of TSR’s Dragon magazine (then called The Dragon) from September 1977 to April 1988. I loved it at the time, and I still consider it one of the best gaming-related comics I’ve ever encountered. Stylistically, it combined the rich colors, clean lines, and lush backgrounds reminiscent of Miyazaki with the sort of comically exaggerated characters found in Bakshi’s cartoons. His characterization and dialogue were equally vivid. (For a more adept technical explanation of Trampier’s strengths as a cartoonist, click here.)
|Those dwarves have some nerve!|
The story’s meandering plot threads centered around the eponymous Wormy—a billiards-playing, cigar-puffing dragon wearing a cap down over his eyes—and the numerous monsters living in and around his wilderness lair. These included dimwitted ogres, mischievous trolls, a wisecracking imp, cantankerous (and short-lived) dwarves, and the puissant human sorcerer Gremorly and his winged feline ally Solomoriah.