His personal appearance was remarkable. He was over six feet high—a tower of bones, with a complexion absolutely colourless, fair hair, and a light unscrupulous gray eye, twinkling occasionally at the very devil of mischief. Among the crew, he went by the name of the Long Doctor, or more frequently still, Doctor Long Ghost. And from whatever high estate Doctor Long Ghost might have fallen, he had certainly at some time or other spent money, drunk Burgundy, and associated with gentlemen.
As for his learning, he quoted Virgil, and talked of Hobbs of Malmsbury, beside repeating poetry by the canto, especially Hudibras. He was, moreover, a man who had seen the world. In the easiest way imaginable, he could refer to an amour he had in Palermo, his lion-hunting before breakfast among the Caffres, and the quality of the coffee to be drunk in Muscat; and about these places, and a hundred others, he had more anecdotes than I can tell of. Then such mellow old songs as he sang, in a voice so round and racy, the real juice of sound. How such notes came forth from his lank body was a constant marvel.
- Herman Melville, Omoo
Okay, Doctor, we get it. That magic blue box can take you anywhere, even the Land of Fiction. You don’t need to keep showing up in old books and bothering the sailors just to impress me.
This guy gets it. Boy howdy.
The road was smooth and well paved, now, and the country about was beautiful, so that the travelers rejoiced in leaving the forest far behind, and with it the many dangers they had met in its gloomy shades.
This was a fun one. Chapter 10! Still going out of order, a little. These are the outskirts of the Emerald City, where everything is green. Green is a hugely frustrating color to work with and I have no idea if this even looks right; I might tweak it in future… and I’m allowing myself some yellow/gold for the Emerald City scenes, because why not.
I want the different peoples of Oz to have different consistent architectural styles. Munchkins build domed, slightly naturalistic buildings; Emerald City folks build harsh geometric spires; Winkies (eventually) build jagged, stalagmitic things.
Excited to get to the city, but probably doing chapter 9 first.
Possibly the very first comics-related art I ever hung on my wall, not counting the Cerebus tour thing that I didn’t even know what it was but my pal Dave gave it to me and ha-ha aardvark.
Batman, Green Arrow, and the Question poster by Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz.
This piece was created for a retail poster to promote the 1988 three-part “Fables” story arc that ran through Detective Annual #1, Green Arrow Annual #1, and Question Annual #1.