Saturday, September 02, 2006


I'm reading ELEPHANTMEN: Tales from Mystery City and the World of Hip Flask.

This is amazing stuff. Think well-thought, European Blade Runner sensibilities on an Island of Dr. Moreau skin stretched over an HR Geiger skeleton. Or something.

"2162: THEY ARE THE SURVIVORS of genetic engineering experiments and indoctrination by Doctor Kazushi Nikken and MAPPO, a sinister organization which sought to create suprahuman weapons of mass destruction.

"FREED AND REHABILITATED by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, the 'Unhumans' now live amongst men. Legitimized by the 'Elephantmen' act, they are nevertheless denied the right to bear arms and must survive on their wits alone."
Born in the pulp 1940s, the franchise has nothing but improved with age. The Website has a 60-year retrospective, well worth a quick romp. I've been a fan for a while, and this recent incarnation is a brilliant addition to the franchise.

Lots of previews available on the Web, and the second printing of the sold out #1 is on its way.