Monday, 24 July 2017

Howard The Duck Newspaper Strip: Entropy

Here's some more wonderfulness from Steve Gerber & Gene Colan, with Entropy from the Howard The Duck newspaper strip. This one sees the return of eternal dreamer Arthur Winslow, who became The Space Turnip in HTD#2, and like all Howard, is exactly what you need when life dumps on you.
Because when therapy, alcohol or the support of loved ones isn't enough to get you through the day, all you really need is an angry, ranting duck from Cleveland to make you feel better about things.
Things like, for example, The Kidney Lady...

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Kirby & Simon's Black Magic: The Last Second Of Life

As well as backing up the Fourth World books with all those great Jack Kirby / Joe Simon classics like Boy Commandoes, Newsboy Legion and Manhunter, DC also did a brief reprint run of the team's '50's mystery book Black Magic.
From it, here's a corker, a tale of creeping terror you can absolutely see being a segment in an old b/w movie, like say, Dead Of Night. Business as usual for Jack & Joe. Sheer brilliance for everyone else.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Haxtur was a great little series that ran in a couple of issues of 1984, then inexplicably transferred over to Eerie for the rest of it's run.
It's about ( as you'll see ) a South American mercenary who finds himself in a strange new world, where everyone seems out to kill him. It belongs to a genre probably best described as existential sword & sorcery, something there's nowhere near enough of for my taste.
As Haxtur wanders through this dangerous new land, getting involved in various quests with various different characters and not always seeing them through, we're as puzzled and eternally questioning as he is.
The strip feels also lightly satirical, particularly regarding the various false gods and religions Haxtur comes up against, as well as the way he constantly asks the questions no one ever asks in these situations, but that you or I would, such as: What gives you the right to chain me to this wall? or Why ARE you trying to kill me? Though this may be down to my own warped sense of humour.
The final revelation as to where he actually is, and what he's actually meant to be doing, probably doesn't come as that much of a surprise, but as Haxtur himself finds out, the destination isn't always as important as the journey.