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Ed Love

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Subj: Re: Jungle Jim #1 - What On Earth...
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 at 10:43:02 am EST (Viewed 7 times)
Reply Subj: Jungle Jim #1 - What On Earth...
Posted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 at 07:54:30 pm EST (Viewed 446 times)

From the previews and leafing through it, even for Dynamite, this comic makes no sense in connection to its parent entity, the comic strip.

I get that it needs to differentiate itself from the Phantom in that both operate in similar milieus. I get that the big game hunter hero is a dated concept and might need some spicing up for today's comics.

But other than white guy in "A" jungle, there's nothing about this that connects. Now, future issues might explain how we got from the guy in the comic strip to this, but they already lost me for me to be around for that.

I think Dynamite is trying too hard to tell "continuity heavy universe" stories, thus books like "Justice, Inc", "Masks" and "King's Watch" become big continuity retcons in order to tie the characters tightly together instead of just accepting for the sake of the story, they simply exist in the same continuity. Let "continuity" mean "consistency" ie keep the characters on model, and then let the stories flow from the actual characters and actual history. A team-up of the King Feature characters would be very cool (the comic strips themselves managed to give us a Flash Gordon and Prince Valiant one) just as a team-up of Street & Smith's three most enduring pulp heroes.

A pity we are still waiting on actually seeing them.

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