Debuting in 1924, Wash Tubbs was arguably the first adventure strip to hit the newspaper pages, several years before more renowned features like Tarzan and Buck Rogers. But it didn’t really take off until the diminutive titular hero got a macho sidekick, the soldier-of-fortune Captain Easy. The handsome Easy, with his rugged charm and southern drawl, proved so popular that in 1933 he was spun off into his own Sunday-only feature, in which he traveled the globe seeking adventure and romance. Freed from the tiny confines of the black-and-white daily strip, Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full newspaper page, wildly varying the sizes, shapes, and arrangement of the panels. His distinctive drawing style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. While not quite as large as the original newspaper broadsheets, this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip’s formidable visual impact. --Gordon Flagg
Crane’s art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane’s dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-. (The Onion A.V. Club)
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)
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 21 months ago 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