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Red Range: A Wild Western Adventure Hardcover – June 20, 2017
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"Joe R. Lansdale's certainly a modern legend himself, having been around for some time now. But comics artist Saam Glanzman's got an even more legendary historical grounding, having been professionally drawing for six decades or so. These two worthies have collaborated on Lansdale's graphic novel series, Red Range. The 1937 N.C. Wyeth cover painting strikes a chord of tranquil calm - the last time that mood appears in the book.
The first page of Red Range itself begins full tilt with graphic ultraviolence as Lansdale and Glanzman plunge us into a 19th century Klan lynching of a black Texas family. Abruptly in the midst of the atrocity, the Kluxers are interrupted by a mysterious rider who's a deadly shot with both his pistols and long-range Sharps buffalo rifle. It's the feared and hated (by the KKK, at least) Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed..... Writer Lansdale's unerring ear for exotic period and regional dialog remains constant. His penchant for grim humor appears throughout. His hardcore, hard-nosed sense of social conscience remains intact. -- Ed Bryant, Locus, May, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.
Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.
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Art is fantastic, story and dialogue start out as a revenge story then goes a little strange at the end, but in a good way!
Let's start by saying that I'm a big fan of both Lansdale (prose and comics) and of Sam Glanzman. This is overall great work and if you like either creator then chances are you're going to be a happy camper.
This is a no-hold's barred look at racism in the old west. If you're going to be offended by hard language or violence then you need to move along. Because neither Landsdale nor Glanzman are holding back in any way on this book. And the afterword and the supporting material by Steve Bissette are freakin' incredible.
My complaint is that the story takes a left turn at the 2/3 point that I didn't see coming and that I really didn't think was necessary. I guess since it was planned this would continue and since "weird westerns" were a big thing in '99 that it may have made sense in that context. Me...I would have liked it to remain grounded in Old West reality.
That aside, this is a good read and I'm really glad that I supported it and that Drew Ford is bringing lost comic treasures to light.
The art is fantastic and it is well written. For this edition the coloring is new (I don’t know if the original was even colored) and these pages never looked this good. It starts as a straight cowboy era frontier story and goes into a sci-fi story that I wish could have been continued. The articles in the back put this story into perspective with other tales in popular culture.
I supported the Kickstarter. The cover is different and lower production numbers to fulfill the Kickstarter orders. Wasn’t impressed with the quality of the cover, but the actual book you buy here may be better.
I wasn’t expecting a book with such a racist script since in my lifetime and experience that hasn’t been a thing, but as a historical piece I can understand yet find it a contributing factor for not being wildly commercially successful.
The text from the original editor seemed to be politically grounded in the Presidential election of the time it was written for this edition. I found it mostly unnecessary and didn’t feel it added anything to the book. If you agree with his views you will eat it up.
It is a well told tale with very good art that is worth reading. None of the negative elements described above would prevent me from making this purchase, but I’m noting them because they are things I didn’t know going in and thought it would be more fair to give my full impression of the book instead of just saying “buy it now.”
The book is a good read and hats off to Drew Ford for bringing Sam Glanzman's work to light.