Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Thin Man!

The Thin Man was the title of a Dashiell Hammett novel, and later the inspiration for a series of movies starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Astra. It also served as the nominal inspiration for a one-shot superhero from Timely Comics.

The Thin Man debuted in Mystic Comics #4.

He never appears again during the Golden Age, but was revived by Roy Thomas to become part of the Liberty Legion in the Bronze Age. Since that limited bundle of appearances, he's shown up in the modern Marvel continuity as something of a super-spy working with the V Battalion and a modern version of The Invaders.

But here is that single Golden Age appearance. It's an elegant story with lovely artwork by creator Klaus Nordling.

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  1. Nordling was one of the busiest artists in the Golden Age, yet, he's never received the attention many of his peers now get.
    Perhaps it's because he could ghost others' styles so successfully...

    BTW, the "Thin Man" of the Hammett novel was the murder victim, not Nick Charles, yet the detective became the nominal "Thin Man" in the movie series' titles (and later tv series)!
    I suppose it's like the Frankenstein Monster being identified as "Frankenstein" in numerous sequels, spin-offs and other projects...

  2. I think Nordling's work on this strip is just lovely. He does deserved more attention, and I need to do more research on him.

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