Ragman #4

Ragman #4

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Review

Title: “The Dream Killers”
Synopsis: An epidemic of young people OD’ing on drugs has Ragman on the hunt for the dealer.

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

This is the first issue of Ragman with a backup story; that’s unfortunate, because this lead feature needed more room to breathe. Writer Bob Kanigher’s tone fits this series well, but the pacing is often hurried. Still, this is a decent short tale, with solid storytelling from the Redondo Studio.

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Title: Untitled
Synopsis: A gang of grave robbers runs into Ragman – and a little bad luck in the form of an angel.

Writer: Robert Kanigher
Penciler: Joe Kubert
Inker: Kubert

Instead of Joe-Kubert-influenced art, this back-up story gets the real thing. Kubert doesn’t disappoint; he’s masterful on this wordless tale.

Grade (for the entire issue): B+

Cool factor: The Joe-Kubert-illustrated back-up story was a nice surprise. His stamp has been all over this series and it’s nice to see him finally cut loose with full pencils and ink.
Not-so-cool factor: Teddy is blind and mute … Teddy is blind and mute … Teddy is blind and mute … . Why does Robert Kanigher keep telling us this?

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

Character Quotable
“Their smiles are my reward!”Mr. Seriph, amusement-park owner/creepy drug dealer
Ragman #4

RAGMAN #4
Published and © by DC, February-March 1977
Cover by Joe Kubert

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Collected Editions

Ragman #4 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.

Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Dec. 3, 2009.

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