Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WORDSMITH!

WORDSMITH!

WRITTEN IN 1985/86, WORDSMITH WAS A TWELVE ISSUE RENEGADE COMICS SERIES. IT WAS VERY DIFFERENT IN TONE FROM USUAL COMIC FARE, BUT I ENJOYED EVERY ISSUE BECAUSE OF IT’S CONNECTION TO THE PULPS . . .

WORDSMITH TELLS THE STORY OF CLAY WASHBURN, A PENNY AND A HALF A WORD PULP WRITER TRYING TO MAKE IT FROM DAY TO DAY IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION. CLAY WANTS TO WRITE MORE “IMPORTANT” THINGS, BUT THE FATES NEVER SEEM TO LET HIM DO THIS.

TOLD IN A STARK STYLE THAT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE LINE DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOR, CLAY DOES NOT SOLVE CRIMES OR FIGHT EVIL DOERS IN HIS SPARE TIME, HE JUST WRITES, AND FRANKLY SPENDS A LOT OF TIME FEELING SORRY FOR HIMSELF FOR FINDING HE HAS TO WORK FOR THE PULPS.

THE ACTION IN THE SERIES COMES ONLY FROM DEPICTIONS OF THE STORIES HE WRITES, WHICH ARE REALLY AT THE HEART OF THE SERIES.

IT’S AS IF SOMEBODY TURNED FRANK GRUBER'S PULP JUNGLE INTO A COMIC BOOK.

GOOD STUFF, AND STILL AVAILABLE WITH A LITTLE GOOGLE ACTION.


3 comments:

Armstrong Sabian said...

...Wow. That looks amazing. I'd never heard of this before, but now I'll be doing my best to track it down!

Gonzalo B said...

There's also a spin-off one-shot called Heroes from Wordsmith with stories starring some of the imaginary the pulp characters. Not as good as the miniseries but interesting nonetheless.

bish8 said...

Thanks, Gonzalo, I'll have to see if I can find a copy. ANd, yes, Armstrong, this series is right up your alley...