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ISSUE NO. 648
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Hello reader, welcome to the Dial B Drive-In! My name is Boston Brand, aka Deadman, and I'll be your host for Dial B for BLOG's new multi-issue series, DEADMAN GOES TO THE MOVIES!
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In case you don't know me, let me introduce myself. I was created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in a comic called STRANGE ADVENTURES. I used to be a trapeze performer at a circus...
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I believed that the audience came to see me perform dangerous high-wire acts because they knew that with every performance, there was a chance that I might really die! Then, one night...
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Then, out of nowhere, somebody shot me... and I died!
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Here's how it looked from MY point a view, as depicted in two color-guides (art by Neal Adams) included in the director's cut of my life story...
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Place cursor over images to see the lettering!

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In the scenes above, I realized that I had been given the chance to walk the earth again as a ghost, to find my own killer. All of which brings us to Cecil B Demille's THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952).
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Press the PLAY button and watch the one minute clip below, and you'll see why, for me, watching this movie is a little like watching my biography!
Sometimes it seems like my entire story was inspired by this movie! After all, as drawn by Carmine Infantino in my first appearance, I look-- and ACT -- a lot like Charlton Heston and his character in this film, circus manager Brad Braden. We even have similar names!
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The scene in GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH where the Great Sebastian falls from his trapeze is almost a duplicate of the panel that took place right after I was shot -- complete with clown!
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So reader, even though I was fatally shot (by some nut with a hook for a hand), and the Great Sebastian was only crippled, I think you can see why, for me, THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH is like watching chapter one in my life story. I find it inspiring, and I bet Arnold Drake, Deadman's original creator/writer did too!
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Hope you liked this issue, reader, because this is a 14-issue series!

Coming next on DEADMAN GOES TO THE MOVIES...
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