A web of sin. Do go in
released 10 March Publisher Rebellion
Writer Guy Adams
Artist Jimmy Broxton
This richly imagined spoof of/ homage to British newspaper strips of the ’ 60s ( like Modesty Blaise) goes a long way beyond mere pastiche.
The book “collects” many three- panel episodes of Goldtiger, a sexy, violent comic by British thriller hack Louis Schaeffer and unstable Italian artist Antonio Barreti, about secret agents/ swinging London fashion designers Lily Gold and Jack Tiger. But it also “interviews” people who were involved, presents paperwork tracing the history of the strip, and features excerpts from novelisations to fill gaps where episodes no longer exist... it’s an absorbing experience.
By their nature those old newspaper strips were always fragmented, and Goldtiger cheerfully plays up to this with its missing episodes, stylistic shifts and plot jumps. But while the mood of the strip is brilliantly created, and it boasts many superb retro panels, following the story of Goldtiger isn’t important. The “making of ” provides the real story – and its elusive main character is Barreti, mainly glimpsed through correspondence and second- hand accounts. While Gold and Tiger are resolutely one- dimensional, he emerges as a fully- rounded, very funny and ultimately sympathetic character. Eddie Robson
With chips please.