Friday, May 13, 2022

COLEY: Breathless

(Continued from COLEY: Wild In The Street, Pt. 3)

The 3rd self-published Coley book by John Blackburn was a 147-page graphic novel broken down into 4 chapters (the other 3 titles being "The Atomic Blonde", "Voodoo Dancer" and "Flowers of Evil", the latter also being the title of Coley's epic "art film").  It was a very complex soap-opera detailing the adventures and interactions and relationships of a dazzling and sometimes confusing number of characters, all of whom seem to get involved with Coley in one way or the other.

Of the early Coley stories, I got the impression that this was the one that Blackburn was most proud of.  It remains utterly baffling to me that Eros Comix (the now-defunct subsidiary of Fantagraphics) chose not to publish the first 3 books.  This left readers of the 4th book, "RETURN TO VOODOO ISLAND", mostly unaware and/or confused about all the events that led up to it.

As I stressed with the earlier books, I don't own this work, and I'm cleaning up and coloring these stories purely FOR FUN.  But if circumstances present themselves where I am able to re-publish this work at some time, the FIRST thing I'd do would be to contact Blackburn's estate, find whoever it is that owns the Copyrights, and strike a deal to SPLIT any potential profits from such an undertaking.

In the meantime... ENJOY!

BREATHLESS
cover by JOHN BLACKBURN  (John Blackburn / 1991)


Intro Page 1  /  Signature
Intro Page 2  /  Title Page & Pin-Up

Intro Page 3  /  Copyright

Intro Page 4  /  Pin-Up

Intro Page 5  /  Introduction

Intro Page 6  /  Title Page & Pin-Up

Intro Page 7  /  Pin-Up

Intro Page 8  /  Pin-Up

"BREATHLESS"  /  Page 1

Page 2

Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Copyright (C) 1991 JOHN BLACKBURN.
New COLOR Copyright (C) 2022 HENRY R. KUJAWA.

Scans from MY collection!

Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa


For more:

Read about John Blackburn at the Prism Comics site.
Read about "Coley Running Wild" at the Graphic Novels Info site.
See my detailed indexes of these books at the GCD site.
See my COLEY overview at this very blog!
Read GreyIrish' review of "Dagger Of Blood" at the
     Deep Cuts In A Lovecraftian Vein blog.

Read COLEY ON VOODOO ISLAND in COLOR!
Read COLEY: WILD IN THE STREET in COLOR!
Read COLEY: BREATHLESS in COLOR!

(Continued in COLEY: Breathless, Pt. 2)updated