The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Archie #19

from ...A Day In the Life of Ralph Hardy
(by Robert Bernstein and John Rosenberger)
(Adventures of Jaguar #8; September, 1962)


Sugar Magnolia said...


Tom Sutpen said...


Archie Comics was the name of the company (it was initially MJL Magazines before it was changed to Archie in about 1954). The Jaguar comics were one of the few series they published unrelated to the whole Archie/Jughead/Betty/Veronica/Reggie line.

Brent McKee said...

In the early 1960s the Archie Comics Group or whatever it's called tried to jump on the superhero revival bandwagon by reviving some of the MLJ (not MJL) superhero properties like The Jaguar, The Fly and Flygirl, The Shield (in two versions if I'm not mistaken) and The Black Hood. It didn't work. They tried again in the 1980s, and the effort died. Then in the 1990s they licensed the characters to DC for a short period. The characters are now licensed to DC again and being brought into their mainstream continuity.