Friday, 13 December 2013

Betrayals, Disappointments & Deaths

Cerebus #278 (May 2002)
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard
(from a comment posted at, 24 June 2011)
The Three Stooges material is one of the high points of Cerebus. It starts as a "wacky" treatment of the Stooges as we all know them, in character, and slowly evolves into a telling of their later lives, betrayals, disappointments and deaths. It's really quite moving, brilliantly told and even Uncle Miltie shows up! If you take this section and the Mary Hemingway diary issues, you've got a master class in comics storytelling. I've said it before, and I will again - Cerebus contains some of the all-time best and some of the all-time worst comics I've ever read in thirty years. Nobody, but nobody is making comics today the way he has. I expect this statement to continue to be true in my lifetime.

1 comment:

Jeff Seiler said...

And you know what is even more amazing about Latter Daies and The Last Day? Dave had to do a great deal of it without Gerhard's backgrounds and Dave ended up doing so in very much more inventive ways than he did in those first 64 issues before Ger joined on. In case you haven't heard the story, Ger's ulcers were so bad at that point (especially by the time of The Last Day) that he was physically unable to keep up the work schedule that they had accomplished for the previous 15 years or so. So Dave just got creative with full blacks and blank white spaces (as shown in this page) and pulled it off.