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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – J

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at one of the best superhero comics out there…

Paul Grist’s Jack Staff is a series that is almost like an anthology, even though is stars Grist’s patriotic hero, Jack Staff. Along with Staff, though, Grist populates the book with a bunch of re-imagined takes on various public domain British heroes from the past…

Here are some pages from the book from a spotlight I did on the return of Jack Staff last year (the book had seen a slightly less than regular release schedule the past few years)…





Grist is one of the most inventive comic book artists out there – his layouts and designs are truly remarkable.

His inventiveness makes the series work wonderfully as a whole – he had a large cast of characters, and in each issue, he tends to use a lot of them, yet he somehow manages to work them all into the plot with missing a beat.

This week, in the latest issue of the series he even managed to work in some Hostess Cake ads into the story.

Here are some sample pages from this week’s Jack Staff #20 (courtesy of Comic Book Resources):

What a storyteller!


I love me some Paul Grist!

Not-true-at-all-urban-legend: Paul Grist has a date marked in 2071 when Quasar becomes public domain. All of these stories are just warm-up for his Quasar tale.

And yes, he has bought caledars going all the way up to 2071 just so he can circle a date in the 2071 calendar.

No, I don’t know where you can buy a 2071 calendar. I’m not Paul Grist.


Didn’t he just extrapolate the calendar on his computer? And print out one year per page, so he could just plaster it across his wall?

With a HUGE circle around the date that says “QUASAR! All mine!!!!!!!!!”



Yes, that sounds logical. That way, there’s only one room in his place devoted to Quasar. And really, we’ve all got that. Amiright?

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