Propaganda – Darryl Cunningham’s Super-Sam

Published On January 16, 2009 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

I debated whether to put this up here on the blog or whether I should just put the review up at my personal blog. Is it a mite too incestuous to be reviewing and praising something we’ve featured on the blog for the past year? It’s all going to depend on how good it is really, and we all thought Super-Sam was great. So here goes…..

Super-Sam and John-Of-The-Night

by Darryl Cunningham

After 70 episodes, Darryl Cunningham‘s web-strip Super-Sam and John-Of-The-Night has just concluded here at the FPI blog. What started out as a fun, light-hearted gag strip gradually turned into something far better, and in the end, far darker. Over the weeks we’ve seen the entire plot develop and expand into places even Darryl didn’t think it would.

What is immediately obvious at the FPI site where all 70 strips are thumbnailed, is the incredible strides in his art and especially his colouring that Darryl managed. From general brightness and wacky/generic cartooning on the very first strip:


To a gradual development of a limited colour palette well used in these examples from the middle of the strip where the artistic style of the characters and the strip has developed and transformed into something far more interesting and expressive:



And then at the very end, where he manages to conclude the strip in such an unexpected way and with a final muted tone:


I’ll be looking forward to whatever Darryl decides to do next. In the meantime, make sure you check out his MyE-book Uncle Bob Adventures and his blog for all the latest news.

The entire 70 page run can be seen here: Super-Sam. Well worth a visit.

Richard Bruton.

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Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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