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!
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...
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...
Then, out of nowhere, somebody shot me... and I died!
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...
Place cursor over images to see the lettering!
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).
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!
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!
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!
Hope you liked this issue, reader, because this is a 14-issue series!