Created by Jim Steranko
CHANDLER was the Manhattan private detective hero of comic-meister supreme Jim Steranko's hommage to the hardboiled private eye heroes created by Hammett, Whitfield, Gardner, Williams and of course, Chandler himself.
One of the very first American "graphic novels," this black-and-white 130-page digest pulp edition originally appeared in the seventies, for like a buck or something. Rarely reprinted, those early editions are very hard to find and very collectible, but well worth the hunt, because it's a great read.
Fantastic artwork, all stark shadows and light, reminiscent of all those old RKO and Warner Bros. film noirs, and a stunningly innovative layout that added, not subtracted, to the dynamics of the story, making this one of the most visually stunning of all American graphic novels.
And, as I said, one of the rarest. It's been out of print forever, it seems, although a deluxe, re-mastered, colourized hardcover version has been threatened for years, and is actually slotted for release in January 2011.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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