Fletcher Hanks: The Ed Wood of Comics?

SDCC ’07: FLETCHER HANKS PANEL


by Zack Smith

For years, the work of Golden Age comic book creator Fletcher Hanks lingered in obscurity. That recently changed with the release of Fantagraphics’ I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks by Paul Karasik, which has introduced such surreal, vengeful characters as Stardust and Fantomah to an all-new generation.

In the panel “Fletcher Hanks: The Ed Wood of Comics?”, held at the San Diego Comic-Con International on Thursday, Karasik showed a packed house the history of Hanks’ work, and argued why comparisons to “the worst director of all time” might not be warranted.

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Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as Newsarama.com, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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