I think this is my best work so far (until recently), and many people agreed. Traffic has been great on Miss Fury for a long time. After over six months, I still get Miss Fury fans and people new to her work rumaging through my pages. This was also a response to the lousy way they butched Tarpe Mills’ creation over at Dynamite. I heard an interview with the young writer of that had he stunk of “fake it until you make it” in the entire interview.
I like my version because its filled with love and respect for what Tarpe Mills achieved.
We need – More Women In Action Comics, and we need it right now.
I have always been fascinated by Black Fury/Miss Fury, a golden age female action hero created by a woman – the first woman to write and draw her own strip. She did Miss Fury for about 10 years for the Sunday Funnies – those wonderfully big pages where you get just one big page a week of story. On the Copyright Office application for my work, I credited the public domain work of Tarpe Mills for design and story (plot points). I tried to always keep a half Tarpe, half me feel to it. I encourage eveyone to pick up Miss Fury Sensational Sundays (by Tarpe Mills), 1941-1944, edited by Trina Robbins. My story, however, is an odd, almost European sad lyrical take on the tough realities of domestic abuse. I like this one a lot. This is where my pages really stepped up a few notches. The pictures worked so well I dropped gratuitous dialog, making much of it silent.
These are the three pages I put out, all one story – these are 11×17 jpegs, so clicking to enlarge is highly encouraged to get the full “Imax” effect.
New Miss Fury Liberated, 1939. The silent page! The next Miss Fury Page may take a few months, as I have to pick up other neglected titles and roll out some fun new stuff.
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If anyone wants to see more Miss Fury Liberated 1939, then they better got to Contact and send me a message. Feedback will always get me interested in doing more of a particular title. My current project is the same era as Miss Fury (1939 vs. 1938) so check back for that information , to be posted in one week. It’s a pulse pounding pulp story called “Three Against Satan.” Soon!
Side by Side Comparison of my work with Tarpe Mills, (Her original strip for Sunday Newspapers is now public domain).
I would say its pretty much 50/50 Mills/Brian on story, style, same vs. different panels. As you can see the story veers off in a quite a different direction (before coming back around, lots of fun turns), and the dialog is a lot more me than Mills. Mills is known as a brilliant storyteller but also a writer of clunkly dialog common to most comic writers of the time. I gave the dialog a much hipper, charming edge that matches the rest of what she did, restoring her spirit to the words. It’s really about what comes after page one…. I love Mill’s Miss Fury, and true love is a 50/50 propostion!!
ORIGINAL MISS FURY/BLACK FURY by TARPE MILLS, 1941. that appeared in the Sunday papers. These are black and white versions of the originals in color. Left to right. Original (like mine) was done on a 12 panel grid.
These pages were formated for reprint by Timely Comics later in the 40s and 50s.
Brian’s Version of MISS FURY, Same Page (MISS FURY: LIBERATED, 1939)
50/50 her and me. I think of Tarpe MIlls as my teacher. Female form and style, design, and oh those Clothes!! Taste of the era of great taste! Best stuff yet to come. For atmosphere, I used gray to suggest an old movie from the period. I just saw “Mad Love.” My dialog is rather Ernst Lubitsch (?) – hip, style, fresh, fun, but suddenly serious at times. Love the light and shadows of those films, like this:
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