Friday, March 15, 2013

Go Read Poisoned Chalice!

Looking back at the articles I wrote for Marvelman, one of the things I have wished I mentioned since almost the beginning was more about the novel's legal woes; outside of a brief mention that it's unavailable, I didn't delve at all into the mind-bending story of copyright wars being battled even today for the contents of the book. Luckily, someone has done it for me, and done it much better than I could ever dream of: incomparable Alan Moore historian Pádraig Ó Méalóid has written a 100,000 word book entitled Poisoned Chalice: The Extremely Long and Incredibly Complex Story of Marvelman, and being an altruistic sort in these tough times is serializing the book for your perusal on wonderful comic resource The Beat. The book is amazingly in-depth and brought to light several things I had never even thought of, and if you have any interest in the real-life story of Marvelman, which has enough epic moments and exciting battles to make a pretty damn good comic series in and of itself, you would be well-off giving it a read.

Here's everything that's been put on The Beat so far:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7 
Chapter 8

Keep an eye on The Beat for forthcoming chapters, and keep an eye here: The Ballad of Halo Jones Book I coming soon!

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