A web of sin. Do go in

SFX - - Re­views - Adams says Bar­reti was partly in­spired by Spike Mil­li­gan, whose men­tal ill­ness sim­i­larly “leaked out into his work”.

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.

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