A Year of Cool Comics – Day 53
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today, we look at Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls!
Lost Girls is Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s stunning three volume work examining the lives of the “Lost Girls” of modern fairy tales through erotica. The “Lost Girls” are Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Wendy from Peter Pan, who are all meeting together at a hotel for some, well, I guess it sort of like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, only with strictly erotic stories.
Alan Moore himself referred to the work as pornography, but there, he was more attempting to cut off criticism of the book than actually saying it was pornography. That said, there is a great deal of sexual content in this book and of a very graphic nature, some of it including rather young women, which can certainly be disconcerting.
Like most of Moore’s current work, there are dozens and dozens of allusions to other works, not just the main books that the girls are from (Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan), but from the vast history of erotica culture.
The book takes place at a hotel where the three women meet, and we get to see them all examining their own lives, and in that examination, they come to new realizations about their own sexual selves.
Like the Canterbury Tales, the book is basically split into short little scenes throughout the three books featuring Alice, Dorothy and Wendy (as well as other characters at the hotel).
Here is our introduction to Alice (and her famous mirror)…
Here is Dorothy’s introduction….
And here is one of my favorite scenes in the whole volume…
This is a set-up for an amusing pornographic scene involving Wendy (who, by this time, is in her 30s and married to a man about 20 years older than she) and her husband…
They arrive at the hotel…
Her husband is intrigued by the erotic literature the hotel has in their room (this is a special sort of hotel, as you might imagine) and Wendy is intrigued when, while on a walk, she sees the silhouetted figure of their bellhop masturbating in a window…
So when she returns to the room, both people are secretly quite sexually excited, but far too prim to actually act on it, so instead we get this impressive scene by Moore, which, of course, makes even more sense knowing that this specifically Wendy from Peter Pan…
Pretty darn cool.
Anyhow, it was a clever work by Moore (unless you absolutely hate erotica) and excellent artwork by Gebbie.