When Hook Jaw Strikes -- You Only Scream Once!
January 21, 2014 12:04 PM Subscribe
posted by Bunny Ultramod (22 comments total)
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Hook Jaw, a blatant "Jaws" rip off in which a murderous shark was the hero, was perhaps the most notorious comic strip in the short-lived (and parentally despised) Action Comics (complete history here
). Action was a direct influence and precursor to the legendary 2000AD, and Hook Jaw reads like a first draft to the magnificent (and recently reissued) Shako
, about a rampaging killer bear who happens to be the hero of the story.
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Hook Jaw is a Great White Shark and the hero of the series, even though he spends most of his time eating most of the human cast of characters.
Happy Birthday Hook Jaw!
What's not to like about a mindlessly gory comics series featuring a gigantic Great White shark as the protagonist?
The one serial that everybody remembers from Action, is of course, 'that really gory one about the shark', or to give it it's proper title: Hook Jaw!
For this post, I thought I'd take a quick look at one of the more involved lettering jobs I've been working on, the 'restoration' of classic 70s British comic strip Hook Jaw
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This is the perfect winter read
When these guys get eaten alive by a polar bear they give you a running commentary along the lines of “THE CLAWS!” , “HE’S GRRRRR-INDING MY SKULL!” or in the case of one Italian victim, “OH MAMA! PAPA! HE’S A-GOTTA ‘IS CLAWS IN MA BELLY!”
Joe gets into his love of Shako, the polar bear. And let me tell you: his love may sway you.
SHAKO! SHAKO! SHAKO!