Gonna need a bigger boat
December 1, 2009 4:41 PM   Subscribe

JAWS - The Manga! part 1 - part 2
posted by Artw (19 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A little NSFW. Thank you though.
posted by Bageena at 5:00 PM on December 1, 2009

posted by turgid dahlia at 5:01 PM on December 1, 2009 [9 favorites]

I love that there are only two depictions of the entire movie's dialogue that have been covered (beyond screaming), but thankfully one of them is "we're gonna need a bigger boat", the best line in the movie.
Also, this shark is actually scarier than the one in the movie.
Also also, Dreyfuss was never that handsome.

On preview, damn you Dahlia!
posted by nudar at 5:02 PM on December 1, 2009

All those protruding eyeball closeups add something Spielberg missed.
posted by Iridic at 5:11 PM on December 1, 2009

This is the only fish manga for me. Salmon may not be predatory, but I feel like I can better relate with them.
posted by mccarty.tim at 5:19 PM on December 1, 2009

Argh, I meant to say "predatory in the way that sharks are." Yes, they're carnivores who eat smaller fish, but you don't see people freaking out about salmon attacks, and there isn't a Salmon Week on Discovery where 15 different documentaries explain that salmon aren't bad animals, but instead just misunderstood, intelligent creatures, followed by cuts to footage of fishermen and surfers who got chewed up pretty bad.
posted by mccarty.tim at 5:36 PM on December 1, 2009

Hot chick gets eaten by shark. Little boy gets eaten by shark. Lifeguard guy gets eaten by shark (bleeds a lot). Three guys go hunting shark. One gets eaten (spits up a bunch of blood). Shark gets blown up by compressed air. Lots of blood.

Yup, I remember that movie.
posted by philip-random at 5:45 PM on December 1, 2009

heh... what, 10 frames, and the whole movie is clear... why did I sit through 90 minutes of it...

good post!
posted by HuronBob at 6:21 PM on December 1, 2009

This is so authentic!
posted by grobstein at 6:36 PM on December 1, 2009

Fair well and adieu my fair Asian ladies...
posted by Senator at 7:36 PM on December 1, 2009 [1 favorite]

Sadly, "We're gonna need a bigger boat" is not in there. (That line that looks like it might be it is "フーパーが殺られたぞ!!" ["It got Hooper!!"].)
posted by No-sword at 8:22 PM on December 1, 2009

So the sound of a shark attacking someone is "go gi"?
posted by kurumi at 8:53 PM on December 1, 2009

Of course Jaws is no Hookjaw.
posted by Artw at 9:09 PM on December 1, 2009 [2 favorites]

I think it's really funny how the manga uses some of the Jaws promo artwork as the basis for the sharks in several panel. Also the first image on part two is clearly a Sand Tiger Shark.

Oh Jaws artwork, where would I be without you.

When I was 5 or 6 and obsessed with Jaws, I knew there was no way I could make a movie about Jaws (although other children did Previously) but I could draw, and I could draw those beautiful sharks on the video boxes at the rental place in the PathMark we got them from.

So I drew sharks coming up to the surface or out of the water over and over. I went over every last detail (did you know all the sharks on the posters have the two Nosferatu-style fangs with no teeth in other layers in front or behind them, and also a row of four teeth on the bottom that are quite straight and also unblocked). I bought the books for the cover art, and fell asleep reading them every night. Jaws had killer hardcover art too.

Interesting thing I've never been able to understand: if you look at the shark as Roger Kastel originally painted it for the paperback it looks quite normal, yet on the VHS the image is reversed and it looks like the shark is suffering from Bells Palsy. I cannot understand how this happens but once you see it, it's difficult to unsee it.

Last year I got to meet Roger Kastel and tell him that my interest in graphic design, in illustratively embodying the spirit of a work of art of another medium got started because of his paintings.

But this post is more about sequential images of Jaws. So let me add to it. Almost all of this is taken from the wonderful JawsCollector.com as the watermarks will inform you.

Jaws was published as a Reader's Digest condensed book with beautiful illustrations. Somehow they managed to pick scenes that didn't make it to the movie to illustrate. And some that did.

Even more sequentially there's Jaws 2 comic published by Marvel.

posted by Brainy at 12:52 AM on December 2, 2009 [6 favorites]

I presume those characters coming from the shark are not it's dialogue but special effects or the Japanese for 'Duuurrrr-Duh! Duuurrrr-Duh! Dur-duh, dur-duh, dur-duh, dur-duh....'
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:07 AM on December 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

Hot chick gets eaten by shark. Little boy gets eaten by shark. Lifeguard guy gets eaten by shark (bleeds a lot). Three guys go hunting shark. One gets eaten (spits up a bunch of blood). Shark gets blown up by compressed air. Lots of blood.

Yup, I remember that movie.

I remember the WWII story from that guy who played the baddie in From Russia With Love:

Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte... just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you're in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin', so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named "The Battle of Waterloo" and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and screamin' and sometimes the shark go away. But sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark, he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be living... until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then, ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. Bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us. He was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

Whatever happened to the guy who directed that movie? (And I wonder how that scene played in Japan or if it made it into the manga.)
posted by Doktor Zed at 10:44 AM on December 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

Ah, come on. You've got your pap like A.I. or whatever, and it's not like the latest Indiana Jone does much for his legacy, but you've also got Band of Brothers and Israeli Death Squad. He can still be pretty hardcore when he wants to.
posted by Artw at 10:54 AM on December 2, 2009

These sharks...they have tentacles?
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 11:38 AM on December 2, 2009

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