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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PULP NOW: WORDSMITH

PULP NOW: WORDSMITH!

Written in 1985/86, Wordsmith was a twelved issue series from Renegade Comics. It was very different in tone from the ususal comic fare of the time, but I enjoed every issue because of it's connection to the heart of the pulps and the men who wrote for them ...
Wordsmith tells the story of Clay Washburn, a penny-and-a-half a word pulp writier trying to make it from day to day during the Great Depression. Clay wants to write more important things, but the fates conspire to constantly keep him from this dream ...


Told in a stark, stripped down prose and an artistic style combining the look of line drawings under watercolors, Clay deos 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 finiding himslef trapped in the story hungry world of 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 ...



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