Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips

By Roy Crane

This second of four volumes reprints in full color the rare Captain Easy Sundaypages from the 1930s. Roy Crane’s Soldier of Fortune, Captain Easy, fights forgold in the frozen north, is mistaken for a bandit, protects a formula for artificial diamonds, is stranded on a desert island, visits the tiny Balkan country ofKleptomania, and faces a firing squad. Captain Easy hobnobs with millionairesand bums and beautiful girls (of course), and winds up in the middle of a fullscale war. In short, it’s another rousing series of adventure and humor encapsulatingthe gallantry, derring-do, and rough-and-tumble innocence of a bygoneera and a bygone genre, written and drawn with panache, and practically paintedin a vibrant spectrum of colors that you have to see to believe.Long before the first superhero, Roy Crane’s courageous, indomitable, andcliff-ganging rough guy served as the template for characters that later definedcomic books, and set the aesthetic standards for the newspaper strip. Crane’smastery is why Peanuts creator Charles Schulz said of him (circa 1989): “Atreasure. There is still no one around who draws any better.”

Published date: July 5, 2011
Type: Books
Genre: Fiction

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