Sunday, September 6, 2015

The GUN! #2, 1989, Pt. 1

(Continued from The GUN! #2)

     (1989 rewrite / rough)

Of the first 50 episodes of THE GUN!, I always considered #2 to be the WORST-written.  While GUN #1 was unrelentingly fast-paced, violent & funny, somehow, the follow-up was poorly-developed, not well-thought-through, and had one scene that was flat-out idiotic.

That changed in 1989.

While hanging out for several months with someone I met at art school, he bet me I "couldn't" re-write #2 without completely re-conceptualizing it and changing every single thing about it in the process.

ONE WEEK later, I proved him wrong.

"CASINO OF EVIL" was the first of these stories to be re-written, "upgraded" to my then-current level of writing ability.  I guess it's safe to say the potential of my brother's idea of doing "mini-comics" as a rough draft" finally started to come to fulfilment here.

I also did the re-write as a "rough draft"-- as far as the art was concerned.  This allowed me, once again, to write without worrying about how fast I was going or what it looked like.  Except for the part about turning the entire thing into a tribute to Gil Kane.  Oh yeah.  For many years, I fantasized that, since GUN #2 was so fast-paced, frenetic, nasty, and violent as hell, Gil Kane would be the perfect person to illustrate the "finished" version of it.,  Since there was no way I could actually afford to hire him, I decided to do it myself-- IN HIS style.  If any of the panels in this thing look familiar to readers of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, or HIS NAME IS SAVAGE, you'll know why!

In my effort to keep The GUN! as much of a mystery as possible, it was HERE that I first expanded the outrageous upside-down nature of the series of having the antagonists (the bad guys) as the "main characters" and the protagonist (the hero) as a unknown intruder into their "worlds".  In doing so, the hero does not turn up AT ALL in this one until Page 12!!  But when he does-- OOOH BOY!

Finally, I had long thought about "casting" people should I ever upgrade this particular story.  I'm never shy when it comes to going against type-casting, or at least defying people's expectations.  In this case, the people I decided to base the main baddies on were Robert Vaughn & David McCallum-- and the woman in their lives-- Yvonne Craig.  Anybody who'se seen the theatrical re-edit film, "ONE SPY TOO MANY" (1966) will understand why.

The guy whose life takes a horrible bad turn was based on actor Barry Nelson.  Do I have to explain this?

Oh yeah-- and if I have to spell out who the 3 killers in the alley are... you're probably reading the wrong blog.


THE GUN!  #2  (1989 version)
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Don't go away!  We'll be right back with the conclusion...

Story & Art Copyright (C) Henry R. Kujawa
All prominent characters are Trademarks of Henry R. Kujawa

Don't miss the 2nd PART of this... coming up next!!!

(Continued in The GUN! #2, 1989, Pt. 2)

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