Synopses & Reviews
Another never-before-translated classic from the Golden Age of Franco-Belgian comics, finally brought to American readers. Imagine the beautifully crisp images of Hergé () put in service of a series of wise-cracking, fast-paced detective stories -- punctuated with scenes of spectacular vehicular mayhem (including in this volume a dockside pursuit via car and bulldozer) -- and you'll see why 50 years later is still considered a masterpiece in Europe. Gil Jordan is a nattily-dressed but tough-as-nails private eye, seconded by his trusty ex-burglar assistant Crackerjack and his eccentric friend Inspector Crouton (as well as the invaluable Miss Midge). Fantagraphics' first Gil Jordan book combines two of Gil's finest yarns in one splendid hardcover. In "Murder by High Tide," Gil and his associates are hired to investigate the suspicious disappearance (death?) of an antiques dealer, while in "Leap of Faith" they get involved in trying to protect an attorney from Joe the Needle, a mysteriously escaped convict with apparent superhuman powers who has sworn vengeance.
A duo of detective comedy-thrillers from the Howard Hawks of comics.
About the Author
Born in 1921, Maurice Tillieux, best known for the 16-volume Gil Jordan series, was also a prolific writer for other artists, responsible for a number of episodes of Tif et Tondu (drawn by Will) and Jess Long (drawn by Piroton). Famous among other things for his spectacular depictions of car chases and crashes, Tillieux died in an automobile accident in 1978.