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->''In the savage world of Skartaris, life is a constant struggle for survival. Here, beneath an unblinking orb of eternal sunlight, one simple law prevails: If you let down your guard for an instant you will soon be very dead.''

''The Warlord'' is a sword and sorcery comic book published by DCComics. The series and titular character debuted in ''1st Issue Special'' #8 (November 1975), and was created by Mike Grell. ''The Warlord'' was first published in 1976 and ran until 1989 for a total of 133 issues and six annuals. There was also a 6-issue miniseries in 1992 written by Grell.

[[TheVietnamWar Vietnam veteran]] SR-71 pilot Travis Morgan passed through a hole in the earth's crust while flying over the north pole and landed in the underground world of Skartaris, a place strongly reminiscent of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/{{Pellucidar}}''. There Travis, wielding his .44 AutoMag pistol and joined by scantily-dressed female barbarian Tara, became the Warlord and fought villains such as the evil sorcerer Deimos as well as various kings. He gained various sidekicks such as Machiste, Shakira, a Russian scientist named Mariah and his magic-wielding daughter Jennifer Morgan. In one story arc Morgan even becomes the U.S. President in the far future (Issue 84).

A new Warlord series was launched in 2006, produced by writer Bruce Jones and artist Bart Sears. This series restarted the concept and started with Travis Morgan arriving in Skartaris and was canceled after 10 issues. The series left a number of story points unanswered as issue nine finished on a cliff-hanger, while issue #10 had a standalone story set sometime in the future. This relaunch has been largely [[CanonDiscontinuity ignored throughout the DC continuity.]]

In March 2008, Grell stated that he was working on a proposal to DC for a new Warlord series. It was announced in July 2008 that Warlord would be returning as an ongoing series written by Mike Grell in time for the 35th anniversary. The series started in April 2009, drawn by Joe Prado.

This was also the setting for an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', "Chaos At The Center Of The Earth!"

Not to be confused with the 1965 Charlton Heston film ''Film/TheWarLord''.
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!!The series contains examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Jennifer Morgan
* ActionGirl: Tara, Mariah, Shakira
* ActionMom: Tara
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Mariah
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
* BackFromTheDead: Deimos, although each time in worse shape than before.
* BarbarianHero
* BlackBestFriend: Machiste
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Travis Morgan
* CanonDiscontinuity: The 2006 series. Not to mention the '92 miniseries dismissal of Tara's death in the post-Grell issues.
* CloningBlues: Deimos creates a clone of Morgan's son Joshua, ages it to adulthood, and sends it to attack Morgan, leading Morgan to believe he has killed his own son.
* DealWithTheDevil: Deimos makes a deal with the Evil One to get his body back.
* DirtyCommies: When Mariah ends up back in the USSR, she is branded a traitor and sent to a gulag.
* DisguisedHostageGambit: In ''The Warlord'' #125, the Scavenger dresses Tara in in his cloak and throws her at Morgan, making it look like she is attacking him and causing Morgan to stab his own wife.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Happens accidentally to Shakira in one issue. She happens to be a dead ringer for a kidnapped princess, leading the villains to assume the princess has escaped.
* EndlessDaytime: Skartaris is based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar and has a similar 'eternal noon', save at the poles at the very edge of the world.
* EvilOverlord: Deimos, amongst many others.
* EvilSorcerer: Deimos
* EvilWeapon: The cursed axe that possessed Machiste.
* FakeKing: Morgan was once imprisoned while an IdenticalStranger took his place as warlord of Skartaris.
* FieryRedhead: Mariah
* FurBikini: Tara, Shakira
* GladiatorGames
* GladiatorRevolt
* TheGrimReaper: Travis Morgan was once visited by a gorgeous Death, as {{Stripperific}} as any other woman in the series, who invited, "Come to me, my love!" and then took him through a vision of his past. He refused to go with her and recovered from his illness at the end of the issue.
* TheGulag: Mariah is imprisoned in one after she returns to the USSR.
* HandCannon: Morgan's .44 [=AutoMag=]
* HollowWorld: Skartaris, later {{Retcon}}ed to be an alternate dimension instead of underground.
* HotWitch: Jennifer Morgan
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Stryker subjects Morgan to one of these in the story "Target" in ''TheWarlord'' #13.
* IdenticalStranger: Both Morgan and Shakira have exact doubles in Skartaris. Morgan's is used in a plot to take over Shamballah. Shakira's leads to an EmergencyImpersonation scenario.
** It's also been established that Travis looks enough like ''GreenArrow'' that they can easily be mistaken for one another. Fortunately, the two guys don't have many acquaintances in common to get confused.
* InHarmsWay: Travis Morgan
* IneptMage: Mongo Iron-Hand
* LikeAFishTakesToWater: Both Morgan and Mariah adjust to life in Shartaris remarkably easily.
* LostWorld
* LowCultureHighTech
* MagicFromTechnology: Some of Deimos' 'magic' was actually sufficently advanced Atlantean technology.
* ManInTheIronMask: Happens to Morgan when he is imprisoned while an IdenticalStranger takes his place.
* MistakenForSpies: Happens to Mariah when she returns to the USSR after years in Skartaris.
* MysteriousAntarctica: There is an entrance to Skartaris in Antarctica near the South Pole.
* NubileSavage: Shakira
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Mikola Rostov was a Russian fencing instructor cursed to become a werewolf every full moon. Rostov followed his lover Mariah to the other-dimensional realm of Skartaris, hoping the perpetual sunlight would free him of his curse. He eventually went back in time to the age when the land was called Wizard World. There Jennifer Morgan cast a spell that cured him from his werewolf curse. However he can still use his "wolf spirit" in battle.
* {{Pirate}}: Captain Hawk, a.k.a. the Sea Snake.
* PirateGirl: Captain Bloodhawke
* PlanetaryRomance
* RareGuns: Morgan's .44 [=AutoMag=]
* RedHeadedHero: Mariah
* SeaMonster: The oceans of Skartaris are brimming with fantastic beasts.
* SerialProstheses: Deimos
* {{Sideboob}}: Mariah.
* SkyPirate: Captain Bloodhawke and her crew.
* SlaveCollar: Shakira wears a spiked collar in both human and cat forms. One storyline implied that she was the product of sorcerous experimentation as all of the sorcerer's other subjects wore identical collars. After defeating the sorcerer, Morgan took the collar off and threw it away. Shakira retrieved it and put it back on.
* SplashPanel: Usually of the the two-page variety when Mike Grell drew it.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Neither females nor males wear very much clothing in Skartaris. (However, [[spoiler: the new Warlord seems to have adopted an outfit that covers a lot more than his father's did]].)
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Out of date by decades, Travis Morgan experiences this whenever he returns to Earth.
* SwordAndGun: Morgan
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks
* ThudAndBlunder
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Shakira can transform into a black cat at will.
** Or she may be a black cat who can transform into a gorgeous fur-bikini clad amazon at will. It never HAS been explained and it is unlikely it ever will be.
* WalkingTheEarth: Travis Morgan.
* WartsAndAll: This was the main theme of the 1992 miniseries, which largely consisted of the Warlord's friends and family telling the viewpoint character "Well, yes, he's a hero, but..." There's a fair amount of it in the current series, as well.
* WhamEpisode: The entirety of issue #12 in the new series. [[spoiler: Tinder is revealed to be Travis' long-lost thought-dead son - but not before father and son are unknowingly set against each other. Travis is killed, and Tinder apparently becomes the new Warlord.]]
* WolfMan: Mikola Rostov
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