I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!

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by Fletcher Hanks
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. Hanks drew in a variety of genres depicting science-fiction saviors, white women of the jungle, and he-man loggers. Cartoonist Paul Karasik (co-adapter of Paul Auster's City of Glass and co-author of The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family) has spent years tracking down these obscure and hard to find stories buried in the back of long-forgotten comic book titles. Karasik has also uncovered a dark secret: why Hanks disappeared from the comics scene. This book collects 15 of his best stories in one volume followed by an Afterword which solves the mystery of "Whatever Happened to Fletcher Hanks," the mysterious cartoonist who created a hailstorm of tales of brutal retribution... and then mysteriously vanished.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2007.
ISBN: 9781560978398
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/HANKS
PN6727.H36 I14 2007
Characteristics: 122 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Karasik, Paul
Alternative Title: Comics of Fletcher Hanks


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May 10, 2011

If you are a hardcore comics fan, especially of the oddities churned out in the Golden Age when the established rules of the medium were not yet concieved, then this collection is quite entertaining. It's also fun to see Hanks' budding style, how he plays with oddly shaped panels, precursor to Eisner's work. If you're not a comics fan, these strips will probably seem at best a load of gibberish.


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