In the fourth volume of Fantagraphics' Captain Easy series, our eponymous hero and his loyal sidekick Wash Tubbs answer a newspaper ad that they don’t know is years out of date, and wind up stranded in Guatemala with a busted landing gear and only five dollars to their name. Whoops! They need all their wits and ingenuity to get them out of this fix. Which they manage to do by the skin of their teeth, only to stumble onto a lost city in the jungle. Lost cities in the jungle are never good news, and so it is with our two boisterous heroes. Against all odds, they extricate themselves from this dastardly peril and head for home on a ship carrying tigers (Roy Crane loved to draw tigers). They’re out of danger, right? Wrong! What kind of a Captain Easy adventure would this be without our boys getting stranded on a desert island and encountering the beautiful but savage Wolf Girl (Crane loved to draw Wolf Girls!)?
Don’t miss the last volume of Fantagraphics' glorious reprint of Roy Crane's full color Captain Easy Sunday pages.
"Freed from the tiny
confines of the black-and-white daily strip, Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full
newspaper page, wildly varying the sizes, shapes, and arrangement of the panels. His distinctive drawing
style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. While not quite
as large as the original newspaper broadsheets, this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip’s
formidable visual impact."
– Gordon Flagg, Booklist
“Crane’s art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly
detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary
to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane’s
dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of
pop art. [Grade:] A-.” – The A.V. Club
"Though he was one of the genre’s pioneers, Roy Crane’s Captain Easy is arguably the most idiosyncratic of all the adventure strips. But it’s this blend of loud slapstick, young-boys-styled adventure and blatant sex appeal that make Captain Easy such a winning, fun strip to read." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6
"...[O]ne of comics' purest entertainments... Combining cartoony figure drawing and considerable humor with rousing adventure, Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1 exceeds even Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films in exuberant action and breathless pace." – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch