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Halloween week (true cime)

From Journey into Mystery #2



Art by the great Gil Kane.















...and it's downhill from there !!

Date: 2009-10-30 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robogeek.insanejournal.com
I remember this short story!

It was reprinted in a Ripper-themed anthology (called merely RIPPER) back in 1988. Never knew it was made into a comic....

Date: 2009-10-30 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] citygod.insanejournal.com
Interesting indicia on the first page: never heard of "Magazine Management Co." before. It was a subsidiary of Marvel?

Date: 2009-10-30 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brandiweed.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
By accident (I think) they made a strange little time-slip adapting this story.

"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" was published in 1943 (even says so in the first scan); the last murder attributed to Saucy Jack was 1891 (and disputed-- the ones they know for sure were in 1888). The original story kept the roughly 50-year gap, and it was Sir Guy's mother that was killed, not his girlfriend (which makes sense, if he's a passing-middle-aged fellow in 1943). Bumping it up to the then-current 1972, while
allowing Kane to draw some nice modish fashions, really makes things weird, unless Sir Guy was implying that his girlfriend's death was a murder that actually should be attributed to the Ripper rather than just a languishing cold case.

I'm picking nits, though; the story's well-laid out and nicely drawn.

Robert Bloch had something of a Ripper fetish, BTW: you can read about the stories he did about ol' Jacky at http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/dst-bloch.html. (Star Trek fans will remember "Wolf in the Fold".)

Date: 2009-10-30 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wizardru.insanejournal.com
So I'm curious....how is Jack so young? Is he some sort of supernatural vampire, like Sir Guy suggests?

Date: 2009-10-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cricharddavies.insanejournal.com

He wrote three -- "Wolf in the Fold", "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", and, seasonally appropriate, the Halloween episode "Catspaw".

Date: 2009-10-31 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cricharddavies.insanejournal.com

Jerome Bixby; he also wrote "Mirror, Mirror", "Day of the Dove", and "By Any Other Name".

This is all on Wikipedia and the IMDB, you know.

Date: 2009-10-31 05:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
There's an inaccuracy here - the actual text of the Ripper's message reads:

I'm not a butcher,
I'm not a yid,
Nor yet a foreign skipper,
But I'm your own light-hearted friend,
Yours truly, Jack the Ripper.

'Yid', not 'kid'.

Date: 2009-10-31 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cricharddavies.insanejournal.com
Given that "yid" is a racial epithet for "Jew", it should not surprise that they changed it for a comic book published in the 1970s.

Date: 2009-10-31 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
I just think if they're going to include the note, they might as well do it accurately - I'm pretty certain that 'kid', in Victorian times, still meant exclusively 'young goat', rather than also meaning 'child or younger person'. It's a pretty glaring anachronism, and the note is unnecessary in the first place - as best I can tell, it doesn't affect the plot in any way.

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