Went for a coffee with Ben Oliver a few weeks back and he said he liked drawing my scripts because there was always planes in them. I agreed and remarked that, even if I were to write a John Osborn kitchen sink-style drama, there’d probably be a plane flying extremely low past the window. Planes, much like zombies, improve every story they’re in, I think – there’s not a movie title alive that couldn’t be vastly improved by substituting one of the words for ‘zombie’. Zombie Wars. Raiders Of The Lost Zombie. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Zombie, etc – and most artists enjoy drawing them. Planes that is, not zombies.
Which brings us to the point. Eventually. Trev Hairsine and I have always enjoyed a shared geek out about flying military hardware (most specifically Blackhawk helicopters, which look dynamite on the page and Trev draws them a lot in his stories). This was one of the things that made his Cla$$war pages so cool seven years or so ago when we did the book together. I still recall seeing the splash page of American and Young American flying alongside a bunch of F-16s and drooling the way I do when I see photographs of Zooey Deschanel. Like Homer Simpson ogling a donut.
So, as previously mentioned, the CLA$$WAR collected edition is on its way, Trev’s drawn eight new pages as a backup strip (which he’s inked himself, which makes a huge difference to his work, as I think you’ll see when the book gets to the shops, and Len O’Grady, our original colourist, is back to match the book’s original look) and he’s also delivered a brand new cover, which features American flying away from a burning city, this time surrounded by F-15s. And it’s very, very lovely indeed. See below.
Planes in comics. You can’t beat it.