The Morbid Anatomy Anthology by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey (Morbid Anatomy Press) $30.00 - 28 lavishly illustrated essays about the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine as well as death and the macabre. Topics include the catacombs of Palermo, books bound in human skin, …
Published by Secret Acres
252p, b&w, softcover with flexi disc record, 8.25"x7.75"
Leach's cartooning has that has that Ben Katchor scratch with an added Kate Beaton-ish fluidity of posture and expression. Iron Bound does a solid job of capturing it's environment - set in early 60's Newark, New Jersey, postwar boom just outgrowing the sock hop. The plot draws from the teen pulp and b-movies of the era: it's all about rough-edged greasers negotiating their hot tempers and golden hearts, caught up in criminal circumstances beyond their control. Like Katchor's work, the setting is a major player in the story, nailing down the details of place becomes an action that dictates characters, a faithfulness to genre dictates the plot. It's smart cartooning servicing a straightforward narrative, in a style I'd classify as New School New Yorker. -EF