Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Crow Book One

Close up of crowWriter/Artist: James O'Barr
Publisher: Caliber
Published: 1989

March 31 1993 Brandon Lee died on the set of The Crow.

This unfortunate accident is another note of sadness added to the comic. The Crow is an exploration of pain, guilt, tragedy, gravity, anger, destruction...pure emotion. James O'Barr's fiancee was killed by a drunk driver, and in response to the pain of her death, he wrote this over the course of several years, and each page is a burned line of his torment.

spookyThe Crow is about a man named Eric returned to life to exact vengeance on the killers of his fiancee Shelly. Book one is the first of four parts, whereupon Eric, painted and pained, begins his horrible journey into revenge and memory.

The Crow does his thingYears ago me and some close friends went to Seattle. There we visited Brandon Lee and Bruce Lee's graves. One Brando Lee's tombstone this is etched:

"Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and very a small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it! Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty and yet it all seems limitless."

This quote was during an interview on set of the Crow.

A fullshot of the tombs of Bruce and Brandon Lee

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