Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune was an American action/adventure comic strip created by Roy Crane that was syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association beginning on Sunday, July 30, 1933. The strip ran for more than five decades until it was discontinued in 1988.
1 Characters and story 2 Sunday strips 3 After Roy Crane 4 Reprints 5 References 6 External links 7 Sources
Characters and story
On Sundays, Crane concentrated on Easy, and these pages soon absorbed him. The art chores on the dailies were assigned to others in the NEA bullpen so that Crane could pour his imagination into the weekly installments of Easy's adventures. Crane loved the spacious potential of the Sunday page—as would any graphic artist; and he spent most of his energy here rather than on the less visually challenging dailies. And on the Sunday pages, Crane did some of his finest work. Since he was drawing for the addition of color, Crane shaded these pages very little, so his artwork here is refined to its unembellished essence. And in its essence, Crane's work demonstrates the marvelous precision and telling efficacy of a line so simple it seems naive. But appearances in art are as often deceiving as they are in life. The simplicity of Crane's linework is the ultimate sophistication of irreducible economy, the absolute in purity of graphic expression.
Crane's Sunday pictures are carefully, lovingly, drawn, every panel composed to tell the story while sustaining the illusion of time and place. And the pages themselves are artful designs, irregular albeit nonetheless pleasing patterns of panels rather than uniform grids. But these layouts are not simply designs: they were devised to give visual impact to the story. When Crane drew Easy at the brink of a cliff, he gave depth to the scene by depicting it in a vertical panel that is two- or three-tiers tall. When Easy leads a cavalry charge or paddles a canoe down a lazy river, the panel is as wide as the page, giving panoramic sweep to the scene depicted.
Unfortunately, in 1937, the Newspaper Enterprise Association
syndicate, which employed Crane and owned the strip, introduced a new
policy requiring Sunday pages designed so the panels could be
rearranged into different formats. Crane then turned the Sunday pages
over to his assistant Leslie Turner, so he could concentrate on the
daily strip. The Tubbs and Easy characters were owned by NEA, and in
1943, Crane abandoned his strips and exited NEA to begin Buz Sawyer, a
strip he would own outright.
After Roy Crane
After Crane’s departure, Turner took control of the strips, with his
assistant Walt Scott drawing the Sunday page. Easy was in the Army by
that time, and Tubbs had an increasingly unimportant role, so both
daily and Sunday strips displayed the name
^ Harvey, R.C. "A Flourish of Trumpets: Roy Crane and the Adventure Strip" ^ The Funnies #1, October 1936, at Grand Comics Database website. http://www.comics.org/issue/133/ ^ Cover of The Comics #1, March 1937, at Grand Comics Database website. http://www.comics.org/issue/128497/cover/4/?style=default ^ Roy Crane, Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips 1933–1935 (Vol. 1), Rick Norwood, editor, Fantagraphics Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-60699-161-9
Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924–1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN&