Monday, February 15, 2016
Number 1854: The Duke goes pearl diving
We are left with a warm feeling for movie star Wayne, a grand and friendly fellow. Oops. But wait. Looking at the cover of the comic book, we see John Wayne’s right hand, and Wayne appears to be giving us the well-known obscene gesture — the infamous finger! We relax again, though, when we tell ourselves he is not flipping it at us, but more likely aiming it at the movie studio still photographer, who may have just informed Duke he would be holding up the rather large man for another few minutes while the photographer finished. The stunt man laying across Wayne’s broad shoulders looks dern near big as Wayne himself, who topped out at a few inches over 6 feet. They don’t call a movie villain a “heavy” for nothin'.
Artist and writer uncredited by the Grand Comics Database.