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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune, Vol. 1: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips, 1933-1935 (Captain Easy #1)
Roy Crane is one of America s greatest cartoonists and Fantagraphicsis embarking upon an ambitious reprinting of his best work, beginningwith his gorgeous adventure strip Captain Easy.Crane created the first American adventure strip before Hal Foster s Tarzan and Prince Valiant, before Milton Caniff s Terry and thePirates, before Alex Raymond s Flash Gordon and quickly est ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Fantagraphics
(first published June 30th 2009)
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This is a collection of Roy Crane's full-page Sunday comic strips from 1933-35. I can't say I'd ever heard of it until stumbling across a reference to it in an article on Hal Foster (Prince Valiant, Tarzan). I kept it next to the bed and read a few pages every night for a few weeks. The characters are cliche and corny, very much of the era in which they were created. Interesting to see places like China, India, and the East Indies as topical locales for adventure. Also interesting to see how Cra ...more
The opening couple of years of the strip (1933-35) are nicely reproduced here and comprise amusing, beautifully-designed adventure stories about the usual lost cities, pirates, damsels in distress, and so on, in a rather looser and less realistic style than one tends to associate with adventure strips, but it's still fun stuff.
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