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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 248

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the introduction of the Manhunter, by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson, from Detective Comics #437…

In this first chapter, Interpol agent Christine St. Clair goes to Katmandu in Nepal to ask a “wise man” named Haj questions about Paul Kirk, the Manhunter!

What a great opening to a storyline!

“The” moment for me, I guess, is the big reveal.

Great work from Goodwin and Simonson.


Bernard the Poet

September 6, 2009 at 7:58 am

He’s not exactly self-deprecating, is he?

So, is Dharmata supposed to be Dalai Lama? Judging by the comment about China and India he seems to be.

As cool as this story is, I don’t quite understand the framing device. Why would Manhunter dress up as a wise man just to tell the agent this story? What does he gain from that?

The Manhunter stories are marvelous examples of super-compression. Eight pages per episode! And they fit in more story and detail than some trades today. Fantastic.

Goodwin and Simonson did an excellent job with this series. A great finite story once you read it all in one sitting but in works in small chapters just as well. It’s been 35 years and this version of Manhunter still holds up as the day it was published.

i would agree with the big reveal for always thought this version of manhunter was more then he seems like a force of nature . and also a chemeleon

I hate to be a dissenting voice, but to me the Goodwin-Simonson “Manhunter” stories are a case of something that is famous for being under-rated that it becomes over-rated.

They are overly compressed. There is so much plot in these pages that there isn’t any room for any suspense to build really. The blind archers are a great premise, but they are dispatched so quickly that the idea they are legendary warriors is absurd. A lot of the plot points could have been made much clearer with a bit room to breathe. I liked “Manhunter”, but I think it would have been better at 22 pages per episode.

That said, Goodwin had a great premise for the series and he delivered little moments like the one at the end that were very satisfying. Simonson is an absolute master of the action sequence and he manages to deliver a good one here.

Solid work, but not enough to justify its reputation.

Walt draws women with beautiful meaty thighs and asses! The agent here has nothing on Sif, but milady Sif is a goddess.

I am glad to see a day honoring Archie Goodwin’s work. Liked some of his work for the Warren mags, Creepy and Eerie too.

Page 6, Panel 4, is also pretty cool…

I was wondering if Manhunter would be included here.

But when I think about it, it is difficult to pinpoint any really cool single moments in this story. What is cool here is both the art and the writing–and doing all this in eight page chunks.

To give you an example of how compressed the story was, the next segment/chapter would have four mini-stories (tiger, oilfield, bank, mauser) along with the connecting story of agent St. Clair reporting to her boss.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

September 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

I always thought the single page where Manhunter blows up a speeding car trying to run him down using only a pocketknife and a match was a pretty fast, excellent “moment.”

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