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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips 1933-1935 (Vol. 1) (Roy Crane's Captain Easy) Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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“Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full newspaper page… His distinctive drawing style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. …[T]his volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip’s formidable visual impact.” (Booklist)
“...Crane chose the elements of his strip carefully... Simple character design, bright colours, fictional locations and action with a sense of humour. After finishing the volume I applaud his choices.” (Scott VanderPloeg - Comic Book Daily)
“At every turn, and every turn of the page, in Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 1 from Fantagraphics, the reaction is the same: Good Lord, but Roy Crane could draw. ...There are countless pleasures in this first volume of the Captain Easy Sunday pages.” (Steve Duin - The Oregonian)
“Crane’s work is sheer energy. It’s somewhere between Crane and E.C. Segar that (Carl Barks’ beloved) Donald Duck got forged; the kind of ruddy-cheeked adventurousness that underlies the content is certainly the same work that moves Donald and his nephews through their stories.” (Art Spiegelman, author of Maus)
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One interesting observation I had after reading this. Because adventure strips are set in foreign lands with exotic peoples, they often poke fun at the natives. Well, Roy Crane poked fun in an equal opportunity way. Whether the locale was the South Sea Islands or middle Europe, he found something both amusing and glamorous about the peoples Easy deals with.
Anyway, I waited for months and months (really) for Vol. I to come out. Amazon kept sending me notices asking "Do you still want this?" and I kept saying "Yes!!!" I'm glad I stuck to my guns. I've seen that Vol. II is now being advertised and I'm placing my order. You should too.
A million thanks to Fantagraphics for reprinting this most classic series. About time! I absolutely love everything about Crane's work; his minimalistic art, the clever blending of drama and comedy, the way he draws those beautiful and very feminine women, and even his stories still hold up to this day even if it is in a naive and innocent way. Crane certainly knew how to plot a story and his art just suits them so perfectly. I'm still kicking myself for not having given this series a better chance when I first ran into it, but then you learn from experience.
Concerning this version by Fantagraphics, they consist of scans from the original Sunday pages printed in newspapers. What's odd is that though the yellowing of the paper (due to age) have been whited out, no further restoration has been done. That is, as with their recent reprints of Prince Valiant, Fantagraphics didn't think worthwhile to do any further restoration, so we get some blemishes, creases and smudges that could have easily been done away with by some retouching in Photoshop. Also, the color isn't very consistent, as it varies depending on the quality of the printing from the newspapers it was culled from.Read more ›
Captain Easy is Indiana Jones, Doc Savage,Hopalong Cassidy and Popeye all rolled into one.
Treat yourself and repay Fantagraphics for putting this book out.
Keep em coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The covers are soft grey cardboard and are easily damaged, so be careful.
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Another great collection by Fantagraphics. Beautifully designed, authentic looking, with interesting extras.
Oh my god, I much write twenty words.
Great historic comic read. Still full of fun and adventure today 70 + years later. If you like older comic stories as I do then you'll love this series.Published on November 17, 2013 by Jed Palmer
I've been waiting my long life to see Roy Cranes' Captain Easy. It was worth the wait. It's an excellent volume, large and printed from the comic pages. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Thomas Sullivan ll