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Sandman Mystery Theatre, Vol. 8: The Blackhawk and the Return of the Scarlet Ghost Paperback – April 27, 2010

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In these two story arcs of the 1990s comic book, the trenchcoat-garbed 1930s crimefighter has a run-in with a young Polish pilot and freedom fighter who will later become the WWII comics star Blackhawk, and his girlfriend, Dian Belmont, launches a writing career that leads her—and the Sandman—into the sleazy world of pulp publishing. Only tangentially related to Neil Gaiman’s phenomenally popular Sandman character, this grittier spin-off developed a far smaller but equally enthusiastic following, thanks to the intricate plotting and nuanced characterization provided by writers Wagner and Seagle and Guy Davis’ pen-and-ink drawings, which effectively evoke the pulp illustrations of the era. --Gordon Flagg


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225834
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven T. Seagle is an American writer who works in the graphic novel/comic book, television, film, live theater and animation industries.

He is best known for his acclaimed graphic novel memoir IT'S A BIRD... and, as part of MAN OF ACTION Studios (along with Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey and Joe Kelly) as co-creator of the animated Cartoon Network series BEN 10 as well as GENERATOR REX. MAN OF ACTION writes and produces ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE for Marvel/Disney XD. Seagle and Rouleau also created the Marvel Comics super-hero team BIG HERO 6 slated to be a Disney animated feature film in 2014. Seagle's long awaited follow-up to IT'S A BIRD..., GENIUS, was recently published by First:Second.

MAN OF ACTION publishes its own original graphic novels through Image Comics. Seagle's works for the imprint include: Eisner-nominated spy thriller KAFKA; experimental historical graphic novel The Red Diary/The RE[a]D Diary; black comedy SOUL KISS; urban crime thriller THE CRUSADES; and children's books FRANKIE STEIN and BATULA.

Seagle also worked extensively for DC Comics/Vertigo creating the original series HOUSE OF SECRETS and AMERICAN VIRGIN. In mainstream comics, Seagle wrote both SUPERMAN and UNCANNY X-MEN as well as many other franchise characters.

Seagle's comics work has received numerous Eisner Award nominations, including twice for best writer - in 1995 for his work on SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE(DC/Vertigo) and in 1999 for the same title and his story "Drive By" in ONI DOUBLE FEATURE #10 (Oni Press). Seagle's work on AMERICAN VIRGIN was nominated twice for the GLAAD Media Award for Best Comic Book. Seagle's run on UNCANNY X-MEN was awarded the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Ongoing Series. His original graphic novel SOLSTICE was called the best graphic novel of the year by Comic Book Resources.

Seagle has sold original concepts as feature films to Warner Brothers, television pilots to FOX and animation series to Mainframe. He is also a founding member of Speak Theater Arts, creators of innovative live stage productions. His writing/directing credits include the comedies N*W*C ( ARMENIAMANIA! ( Seagle co-directed the Los Angeles national premiere staging of THE LARAMIE PROJECT: AN EPILOGUE with a celebrity cast and Gay Mens Chorus Los Angeles. He designed the set and logo for the national tour of the stage version of IT GETS BETTER.

Seagle is a former college instructor and taught at Ball State University, Pasadena City College and Mt. San Antonio College where he also served as a coach for the Forensics team during many of their national championship seasons.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ribera on May 26, 2010
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I am so sad to be caught up with the TPB releases and not have an idea of when or if the next will be available.

This one, though not as gory as the others, is much more character driven. Once again, The artist and writer have an impeccable ability to make characters that are consistent, believable, and seemingly real. We get to see a softer side of our angry, crass detective. We get to see him begrudgingly work with the Sandman.

More importantly, we see Diane finally stop being wishy washy and actually go through with a project. I find it adorable how she tries to fill her time. Either way, the relationship between Diane and Wesley is strengthened during he course of this TPB
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