Ragman #2

Ragman #2

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Title: “75-25 or Die”
Synopsis: Thugs keep looking for more than $2 million in missing loot – but find only pain when messing with Ragman.

Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist (layouts): Joe Kubert
Penciler: Redondo Studio
Inker: Redondo Studio

This second installment of Ragman is as good as the first (see review), with writer Bob Kanigher building on the moody atmosphere of the series’ debut. His hard-boiled-but-poetic style is a perfect fit for this title, and only an overly abrupt ending keeps this story from earning a perfect grade. The art, provided by the Redondo Studio, remains up to the task; the Joe Kubert influence is again obvious, but one can also see traces of a Gene-Colan-like style. Could there be two better influences for a shadowy, atmospheric book like Ragman?

Grade: A-

Cool factor: Let’s give some love to that striking Joe Kubert cover.

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: Includes a one-page, public-service notice “Justice for All Includes Children, 7,” with art by Neal Adams’ Continuity Associates.

Character Quotable
“Don’t bury yourself in this worthless graveyard of junk, Rory!”Bette Berg, the not-so-understanding love interest
Ragman #2

Published and © by Published and © by DC, October-November 1976
Cover by Joe Kubert

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Collected Editions

Ragman #2 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.

Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Dec. 1, 2009.

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