The End, indeed. This issue took a lot out of me to produce, and it would be an entire year before another MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE was completed–but thru the magic of the internet that year will pass like a week and you’ll get issue 6 starting next Monday! As for the ending…2 things come to mind:
1) I always want to kill-off each Atlantis Lad in their own unique way, and ‘bullet thru the noggin’ was about the laziest route to go. It works well in this issues context, but still…lazy. So I find it as no surprise that in the time between writing this script and finishing the art, laziest-writer-of-them-all BRIAN BASTIAN emailed to ask if he could kill off Atlantis Lad in a story by having Fleming shoot him. Err…I mean…thanks for writing all kinds of wonderful stuff for me, Brian! (Like the upcoming LITTLE FUNNY comic featuring MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE’s own SIR LEIGH BRITISHWORTH.)
2) I also remember after finishing this issue that I thought this was the worst ending ever in the short history of a series with abrupt, bad endings. I think I was just too close to it. I got a lot of compliments that this issue was easily the best one of the series both for the emotional pathos of Betsy Rossbot, but because the end finally grounds Betsy and Flemings relationship in a way none of the previous stories had. Looking back, I think I have to agree…now if only the art wasn’t so rushed….
ALSO: Today’s Daily Goal Sketch of THE QUESTION will be the only one this week as that the rest of the week is filled with all the awesome pin-ups from issue 5–and man are there a LOT! And if you’re keeping track at home, you can now start counting the number of Daily Goal Sketches left on your fingers alone.