The Compleat Cannon

The Complet Cannon   The ancient Greeks believed that human beings are composed of mind, body and soul.  The human mind is the link between body and soul, and mind and body perish, but a person's soul endures forever.

   Christians believe that a war wages between the mind and body, and soul. I agree with both Christian and Greek.

   I (Mind) believe comics legend Wally Wood was among the most versatile and talented of all comic book and strip artists.  I (Body) especially love the way he draws women. I (Soul) wish he hadn't drawn The [misspelled] Compleat Cannon.

   Wood created, wrote and drew Cannon, an adventure comic strip, for 2 years (1970 to 1973) for a newspaper distributed only to military bases. Cannon was meant to cash in on the enormous popularity of James Bond, the spy genre, and the basest emotions of males.

   Cannon is male animal fantasy: promiscuous, beautiful women, hard drinking and even harder men, fast cars, big guns, and an unshakable belief in the fist. It is hard to find a page without a naked woman, an explosion, or bare, bruised knuckles.  

   Cannon gets three reviews.

   Mind recommends this compilation as a worthy example of Wood's deft control of every technical aspect of comic strips. Although uneven in quality, Cannon at its worst is better than many other titles at their best.

   Body recommends Cannon for the lust produced by the beautiful, naked women in seductive poses on almost every page.

   Spirit recommends that readers buy something else by Wood. The macho philosophy rampant in this title is a lie that is destructive to men and women, and should not be celebrated in any form.  

   The Compleat Cannon/131 pgs. & $19.95 from Fantagraphics/available at www.fantagraphics.com and comics shops.

    Review by Michael Vance

 
Dark Matter    MINIVIEW: Dark Matter [Dark Star Comics] Possibly the best written independent title now published, this cyber cut-and-paste science fiction and superhero series is a must read for serious fans of the art form.

     Review by Michael Vance

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