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TURN LOOSE OUR DEATH RAYS AND KILL THEM ALL The Complete Works Of Fletcher Hanks

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TURN LOOSE OUR DEATH RAYS AND KILL THEM ALL The Complete Works Of Fletcher Hanks

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Recommended. By Fletcher Hanks. Edited by Paul Karasik. Fletcher Hanks wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all of his own stories. He completed approximately 50 stories between 1939-1941, all unified by a unique artistic vision. Whether it’s the superhero Stardust doling out ice cold slabs of poetic justice, or the jungle protectress Fantomah tearing evildoers limb from ragged limb, contemporary readers--and fans today--are stunned by the surrealism and outright violent mayhem of Hanks’ work. Originally featured in two paperback volumes, this deluxe hardcover collects—for the first time—all of Hanks’ previously published material, including stories newly discovered for this volume, plus rare early non-comics artwork.

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Fletcher Hanks wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all of his own stories. He completed approximately 50 stories between 1939-1941, all unified by a unique artistic vision. Whether it’s the superhero Stardust doling out ice cold slabs of poetic justice, or the jungle protectress Fantomah tearing evildoers limb from ragged limb, contemporary readers--and fans today--are stunned by the surrealism and outright violent mayhem of Hanks’ work. Originally featured in two paperback volumes, this deluxe hardcover collects—for the first time—all of Hanks’ previously published material, including stories newly discovered for this volume, plus rare early non-comics artwork.

This makes this the very first complete collection of the works of Fletcher Hanks.

Fletcher Hanks (1889-1976) is an artist who, under various pseudonyms, wrote, drew, penciled, and inked his entire body of comics work from 1939-1941. Some consider his Fantomah character to be the first female superhero. He was an abusive alcoholic who was found frozen to death on a park bench in 1976. In a wonderful new illustrated story, the editor Karasik tells how he became a fan of Hanks' work, came to track down his son, and got the entire story--what there is. Hanks deserted his family in 1930 and never looked back--his son has nothing good to say about him, but amazingly, never knew he was a comic book artist until he met Karasik.
 
Even more fascinating, it may have been an abusive childhood that created a hero--Hanks' son, Fletcher Hanks, Jr. He passed away shortly after the interview here, but in it he reveals how he flew 347 missions as a Navy pilot across "The Hump.," flying the perilous route across the Himalayas to get supplies to Chang Kai-Shek during World War II! This guy was a real hero. His commentary on his father is sad, poignant and often hilarious. It's a wonderful 16-page piece that really puts the elder Hanks in proper perspective.

Paul Karasik is the co-author (along with David Mazzucchelli) of the perennial graphic novel classic City of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster's novel.

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Item Code TURLH
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2016
ISBN 9781606999677
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 9x11
# Pages 376pg
Color Full Color
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