Sunday, October 3, 2010

"I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!"

"Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the Inkwell.  Fletcher Hanks worked for only a few years in the earliest days of the comic book industry (1939-1941).  Because he worked in a gutter medium for second-rate publishers on third-rate characters, his work has been largely forgotten. But among aficionados he is legendary.  At the time, comic books were in their infancy.  The rules governing their form and content had not been established.  In this Anything Goes era, Hanks work stands out for its thrilling experimentation.  At once both crude and visionary, cold and hot as hell, Hanks work is hard to pigeon hole.  One thing is for certain: the stuff is bent.  Hanks drew in a variety of genres depicting science-fiction saviors, white women of the jungle, and he-man loggers.  Whether he signed these various stories Henry Fletcher or Hank Christy or Barclay Flagg there is no mistaking the unique outsider style of Fletcher Hanks."  Read the collection and see and true Golden Age comic pioneer in action!
Amazing stuff,

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