Thursday, March 3, 2016

The jaws of danger

© Michael Chevy Castranova 2016

I came across a collection of WillGould’s newspaper stripRed Barry,” about a deep-undercover cop, in the mid-1930s. It was created as King Features Syndicate’s response to “Dick Tracy,” and it’s just as violent and not very enlightened in terms of cultural relations.
But, boy, could Gould draw movement. No one is still, and every character appears ready to spring into action — even when they’re just standing there, threatening each other.
Oh, and there’s that snappy, breathless dialog: “He has great courage and I know he will not fail us!!” “We meet again, but I warn you, this time I will show you no mercy for your infernal meddling!!”
And this exchange:
“You’ve killed him!!”
“I did … and much too quickly!!”
Note the double exclamation marks!! Every time!!
In this week’s installment of “Slipped,” the Scarlet Sparrow is caught up in her own dire situation — one that couldn’t get more dangerous.

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