Monday, 1 May 2017
Kelly Green - The Go-Between
Here's a treat, with the superstar pairing of legendary newspaper strip artists Stan ( The Heart Of Juliet Jones ) Drake and Leonard ( On Stage ) Starr, on a series of graphic novels for French publisher Dargaud, that came out at the tail end of the Bronze Age.
Kelly Green, as you'll see, is a cop's widow who gets involved on the periphery of crime after her husband's murder. Interestingly, we never actually see Kelly's husband Dan, as he buys it on the first page. But then, his work is done, setting our heroine on the path to her new life, and providing her with new crooked pals Spats, Jimmy Delocke & Meathooks, who are sort of her version of Doc Savage's Fabulous Five.
Kelly's a great character, cold and professional when she has to be, and The Go-Between would've made a great little noir thriller, as would the other books in the series, each one coming with a killer last panel.
And I'd be willing to bet Kelly inspired Max Allen Collins' & Terry Beatty's later Ms. Tree, another great strip about a crime-fighting cop's widow.
These pages are from a french scan that I've translated myself ( so excuse any spelling mistakes! ), which leads me to a request if anyone can help.
I've got paper copies of most of the series, but does anyone have any English scans of any of the books to save me damaging mine?
Especially, does anyone have books 4 & 5 ( The Blood Tapes and The Comic-Con Heist )? As I've forked out for physical copies, my conscience is clear asking! Come on, share with the group.