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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips 1933-1935 (Vol. 1) (Roy Crane's Captain Easy) Hardcover


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  • Series: Roy Crane's Captain Easy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606991612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606991619
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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)

“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 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’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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Crane's characters are superbly wrought.
Ken Greenwald
To today's sensibilities, the name Captain Easy seems -- well -- kind of silly.
Leighton Ku
I recommend it to any lover of Comic history and adventure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leighton Ku on May 16, 2010
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To today's sensibilities, the name Captain Easy seems -- well -- kind of silly. But Captain Easy (and the Wash Tubbs strip from whence he came) was a revolutionary adventure strip which paved the way for Terry & the Pirates and then in turn for Indiana Jones. Roy Crane invested this strip with exotic locales, spirited beauties and, best of all, megatons of fun and adventure! I've been a fan of Captain Easy for decades, but am extraordinarily grateful to Fantagraphics and Rick Norwood for bring out these rare and beautiful Sunday full-color strips. I was glued to the book and reading the strip in these oversized pages brings back the fun of being a kid reading the Sunday funnies.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diego Cordoba on May 20, 2010
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I must confess that as a kid, I was never a big fan of Roy Crane, even if my uncle's favorite strip was Buz Sawyer. I don't know why, but I found Crane's art a little too "simple" compared to the art found in Tarzan and Flash Gordon, my favorite strips. Anyway, I've got to thank Alex Toth, who was a personal favorite artist of mine, for having me rediscover Roy Crane. Now I've become a huge fan, but for years I couldn't find a decent reprint of his work--until now!

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By useless on May 14, 2010
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Just buy this book. The design, the color, the attention given to one of the acknowledged masters of the comic art form is flawless. Worth it at triple the price. Thank you Rick Norwood for making the genius of these pages available again.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By Jed Palmer on November 17, 2013
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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.
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