Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'd rather be reading...

But, no. I'm shelving. If I were reading, though, I might sit down with a copy a very odd book called I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks.

Much like Guybrarian, I thought perhaps this collection of Fletcher Hanks work was a clever satire of old comics. I think the source of my trepidation was this: the Stardust the Super Wizard comics, for example, begin—as one would expect—with villains coming up with some horrible plot to gain wealth or power. (One criminal gang discovers a way to turn gravity off—the Anti-Solar Ray—sending the world's population into the atmosphere, leaving their valuables and planet for them.) Stardust foils these plots with little to no action, though. He does so in mere panels. The bulk of each story is the elaborate—and horrible—punishment Stardust tailors for each criminal.

Also, Stardust has a giant neck:

The collection, by the way, was gathered by Paul Karasik.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words about my book, "I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks".

    Readers unfamiliar with Hanks’ work may want to slide over to the BONUS page of my website for a slideshow of a full length Fantomah story that does NOT appear in the book:

    (and check out the cool t-shirts!)


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