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ISSUE NO. 821
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BELOW: Original art for the cover above,
by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.
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Another one of Robby's favorite Jonah Hex stories is "The Wheelchair Bounty Hunter," from Jonah Hex #73 (June 1983), written by Michael Fleisher and drawn by Jose Garcia Lopez.

As mentioned in a previous issue, Garcia-Lopez is known as the "artist's artist," and this story shows why that nickname is absolutely TRUE. Every panel is its own masterpiece, starting from the splash page...
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Let's take a look at selected panels in depth. For example, the one below. The essence of the Hex character is his dual nature, as expressedby his Jeykl-Hyde face. Not every Hex artist understood this, but Garcia-Lopez definately did. In the panel below, the artist places Jonah in the center, with the "good" side of his face in the light, and the "evil" side hidden by a dramatic black shadow.

But it's not only Hex who is split -- it's the whole world. On the left, the "evil" side, we see the villains of the piece, while on the right, we see the sympathetic "good guy" Hex is trying to help in the story.
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Below, an explosion sends our hero flying, and apparently kills him...
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But a young boy discovers hex is stil alive, and brings him to a doctor in town...
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The prognosisis not good. Jonah's alive, but crippled!
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Now confined to a whelchair, Jonah is still determined to bring the men who crippled him to justice! It turns out that a blanket covering Hex's temporarily inoperative legs is also a great place to hide a shotgun. BLAM!
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But wait! The bad guy's running away... or is he? Note the perfect period-piece lamps hanging from the ceiling. Garcia -Lopez COULD have easily drawn some sort of generic lighting fixture, except our man Jose doesn't roll that way. Instead, he draws an absolutely authentic period piece hanging lamp.
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But things go awry, and Jonah is overcome, then
wheeled out to a nearby cliff, and THROW DOWNI!
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Cover scene!
As he goes down, Jonah grabs a rope, and saves himself!
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Jonah recoves, and when it comes time for him to burst into the bad guy's hideout, he yells "Here's Jonah," in a nod to Jack Nicholson's memorable line from The Shining, "Here's Johnny!" It's anachronistic, but so what -- it's great fun, courtesy of writer Michael Fleisher.
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In the end, we see graphic proof that being wheel-chair bound doesn't mean that Jonah can't sling a mean gun! After busting in, he proceeds to shoot up the place in grand fashion. And, naturally, every single weapon, every lamp, every jug, every bottle, are all perfect period pieces.
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Remember the kid who found Hex's "dead" body and brought him to the doctor ? We thought he'd been killed earlier, but actually he's fine after all...
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To conclude this issue, let's take a look at a brief video featuring the artist himself, Jose Garcia-Lopez. Have you ever even seen what his man looks like? Or heard him? I bet you haven't. Well, it's time to fix that, partner... Click PLAY below!
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VIDEO CLIP: Jose Garcia-Lopez on Jonah Hex (39 seconds).

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