This comic book adapts a tale already told by McClanahan in A Congress of Wonders into a format that is particularly appropriate for his prose. It is set in the 1940s – when Ed was growing up – in Kentucky – where Ed grew up. The protagonist is the two-nosed Luther Jukes who is jailed for murdering a man who insulted his appearance. In addition to Juanita and Luther, the characters include a preacher and a rich boy. Ed McClanahan joined Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and later taught creative writing in Montana and Kentucky. This is his eighth published book. In his case, publishing a comic book while in his late 80s is the kinda thing we have come to expect from Ed.
Lexington, Kentucky: South Limestone Books/University Press of Kentucky, 2020. 48 unnumbered pages with an introduction by Bob Levin, illustrated by J. T. Dockery. 9” X 12” hardback with a pictorial cover