File under “Comics I wish they’d reprint, but short of a movie deal, they never will,” Dakota North was a weird, weird series from mid-80s Marvel Comics. An understated action comedy about a stylish and sarcastic private eye written by Martha Thomases that enjoyed some drop-dead gorgeous art from Tony Salmons, this was so unlike everything else the 11 year old me was reading at the time, I didn’t know what to make of it.
I was excited when Lauren McCubbins was attached to do a Dakota North miniseries about the time Ed Brubaker was using her a lot in his Daredevil run. She would’ve been great on that. Not sure why it fell through.
To Win the Wand of Watoomb by Frank Miller and Craig Russell (from Marvel Team-Up Portfolio Set 2)
Two art styles I wouldn’t expect to work at all together.
Original New Yorker illustration by Jaime Hernandez, date unknown.