Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Missing Pages

If, like me, you're looking forward to checking out Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist Of Death #1, in stores today, you might be interested to know that there are a few extra pages that won't be found in the book. Writer Matt Fraction explains...
The book is an Iron Fist stand-alone oneshot that fills the publishing gap in the main book's schedule, and a minor narrative gap that explains how one character became a secret good guy. It's a cul-de-sac story, it's a one-off opportunity to have some fun outside of the main book as it goes rocketing to its finish; best of all, it stars Orson Randall, the Golden Age Iron Fist.

The book is very much an homage/tribute/celebration of golden age adventure books. While writing it, I tried to get it to 40 pages, so that the first page of each chapter could be a golden age-style splash. Alas, it didn't come to be, but I had written those over-the-top splash pages anyway.

I thought I'd reprint them here since, hell, they're already written and they make *ME* laugh...
It's a shame that these couldn't be squeezed in. They're a great little bit of metafictional wackiness, since each "splash," as Fraction describes them, is conceived as being ripped from the pages of a fictitious Golden Age comic. There would have been Shadu: Magical Tales Of Mystery #26 ("The Green Mist Murders at Midnight!"), Cowgirls At War #111 ("When the Cowgirls Captured the Confederate...!"), Gothic Terror #244 ("Frankenstein and Son!"), and Heavy Jungle Action #1,731 ("The Final Fate of Phineas Randall!").

Check out complete panel descriptions and text captions at the link above. And when you read your very own copy of Orson Randall and the Green Mist Of Death, you can simply imagine that all of these fictional covers are slotted in between the chapters. That's what I'll be doing, at any rate...

That sound incredibly cool. Have you been picking up Twelve and Superpowers, two new series using Golden Age characters?
I've read the first issue of each, and thought they were interesting enough to check back in again. Neither rings my bell quite like Immortal Iron Fist does, but they're still pretty much in my wheelhouse.

I also picked up the first issue of Erik Larsen's Next Issue Project, which makes use of some of the same characters as Superpowers, to different effect.
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