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This collects all five Kelly Green graphic novels: "The Go-Between," "One, Two, Three, Die...," "The Million Dollar Hit," "The Blood Tapes," and for the first time in English, "The Comic-Con Heist"! Using over 100 originals and restoring the original b&w artwork in a larger size. Beautifully drawn, violent and VERY sexy, starring a lady detective "with a thirst for vengeance." Starr and Drake were veteran comic strip artists when they did these, expressly creating a magnum-opus good-girl art story--Drake is a brilliant fine-line illustrator, a la Alex Raymond and John Prentice. Kelly is bathing, in skimpy negligees or naked in bed, stripping off her clothes...in one story, she goes undercover as a go-go dancer in garters and nylons, and of course hangs with similarly hot ladies. Offbeat, unusual, good reading.
As Stan Drake revealed in an interview, "...she's not really a heroine." Her husband-cop is set up and killed on duty. "So she doesn't like gangsters too much, she doesn't like cops either. She blames them for her husband's death. She's all cold and hard inside, she lives for revenge. In fact, she makes it her career. She doesn't just dabble, she really gets into it. Anywhere her thirst for vengeance leads her, she goes. She meets high-class thugs, junkies, rotten cops, the lot. From time to time she meets a nice guy..."
First published in the early to mid 1980s, this was a very popular series, one of our bestsellers both to retail customers and to comic shops, since we were still a distributor then. These were a series of graphic novels, a creator-owned venture between two comic strip masters. When writer and artist Leonard Starr decided to try something different here, he already had a large audience for his award-winning Mary Perkins On Stage. He was also known to comics fans for comic book work for publishers as wide-ranging as Fawcett, EC, DC and ACG, all in the late 40s and early to mid-50s. On Stage was his magnum opus, 1957-79.
The European audience loved Starr's Mary Perkins on Stage, so he was commissioned to do a new series, and sold the idea of Kelly Green to Dargaud International. It was designed specifically for the European adult market. A 12-page introduction and interview lays out both men's history, and how this series came to be and how they worked together to create each story.
Stan Drake had his own long tenure of success. The Heart of Juliet Jones (1953-89) and 13 years on Blondie were both his work. Even with the odd soap-opera title, Juliet Jones was filled with not just beautiful women, but adventure and danger. And it was popular enough to warrant 15 successful collections from Classic Comics Press.
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Item Code KELGH Publisher Classic Comics Press Publish Date 2015 ISBN 9780990412021 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x12 # Pages 272pg Color Partial Color
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