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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips 1938-1940 (Vol. 3) (Roy Crane's Captain Easy) Hardcover – September 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Roy Crane's Captain Easy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995297
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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 ...this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip’s formidable visual impact.” (Booklist)

“Crane’s work is sheer energy. It’s somewhere between Crane and E.C. Segarthat (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)

“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)

About the Author

Royston Campbell Crane (1901-1977), who signed his work Roy Crane, created the comic-strip characters Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy, and Buz Sawyer. His work continues to inspire cartoonists today.

Rick Norwood (b. 1942) is a comics historian, writer, mathematician, and professor. He wrote underground comics, founded the newspaper strip reprint publisher Manuscript Press in the 1970s, and is the editor of the magazine Comics Revue. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brigadier Victor on November 14, 2012
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As a youngster I gradually grew aware of Capt. Easy as a funny roughneck adventurer. His sidekick and former boss, Wash Tubbs, was always played for laughs in an adventure strip. Easy appealed to me as a youth. He was tough, smart, and perfectly capable of getting into scrapes both serious and comical. If you liked Roy Cranes work such as found in Buzz Sawyer you'll like Captain Easy. It's nostalgia for me as a grew up with the Captain.I recommend it.
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I have most of these in clipped sundays but the books enabled me to fill in the missing parts. In an era of "dark" comics - it is refreshing to go back to the roots of the adventure comic . Wash Tubbs and Easy is where it begins- scratch a Golden Age artist and you find a reference to Roy Crane. The Tone is light.It is the Depression and we are going on an adventure! Cranes layout and design (like many euro artists) is deceptively simple and his writing is strong. Want to really get away from it all? Go back to the thirties and spend a little time with Wash Tubbs, Capt Easy and Roy Crane.
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