Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Ok, time for the best strip ever about a polar bear. Nope, not that guy, although he was around at the same time and was nearly as cool as our star today.
No, THIS polar bear:
Shako ( The Only Bear On The CIA Death List ) was a great example of the early 2000AD's mission statement of fat-free action strips that mostly involve people's heads getting chomped off.
Shako, a polar bear who's swallowed a mcguffin is, like his predecessors Hookjaw and the dinosaurs of Flesh, an example of nature run amok, and delights in eating the human bad guys of the story, including the brilliant Jake ' Foulmouth' Falmuth, who's gonna get that goddamn bear, dammit!
Like a lot of my favourite comic strips, Shako has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and is all the better for it. Twelve year old you will not be able to stop yourself going Cor! Look at that!!
In these days of adult, nice, worthy graphic novels that are reviewed in The Guardian, we still need comics like Shako.
Put it this way, Jim Warren would've loved it.