Roger Langridge

Popeye 12 (April 2013)

Langridge goes out of his way to give the feature a distinct look. He’s got a lot more lines–for backgrounds–than the other Popeye artists usually use and it gives the story an aged quality. Langridge is crossing Popeye over with another comic strip character, Barney Google, and he takes it seriously. Castor and Wimpy are […]

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Popeye 11 (March 2013)

Bluto’s back in town, this time touring as a magician. Popeye and company go to the show, Wimpy gets a ventriloquist act going (show business means hamburgers) and general mayhem occurs. The issue’s as close to all-action as Langridge’s gotten on this series. There’s nothing else going on except Olive’s occasionally inappropriate comments about Bluto’s […]

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Popeye 10 (February 2013)

Langridge continues the odd trend. This issue, in Sappo, there’s this incredibly awful moment and Langridge plays it for laughs. It’s downright disturbing. Lovely art from Ken Wheaton though; a lot of the strip is charming. The Popeye feature is excellent, with Toar having to box Popeye to get citizenship. Everyone finds out the motive […]

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Popeye 9 (January 2013)

It’s a strange issue. Not the Sappo backup so much, but the feature is just… unpleasant. A new burger sensation has hit town and Alice (she’s Swee’Pea nanny) doesn’t like it. Turns out Bluto is exploiting people in a third world country (or island) to produce the burgers, which are mushroom-based. It’s kind of hard […]

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Popeye 8 (December 2012)

It’s a full-length adventure–Langridge breaks it out into three acts and follows through. I was a little surprised how carefully he plotted the third act; the issue runs on jokes, not the narrative, but Langridge keeps both going. Popeye’s dad has fallen for a younger woman and Popeye’s suspicious (act one). It turns out she’s […]

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Popeye 7 (November 2012)

Langridge drawing Popeye looks exactly like… Popeye. This issue’s the first Langridge does the art on too and I guess I was expecting something else. It’s great art, it’s just great Popeye art. Langridge never has ego problems so I don’t know why I’m surprised. The feature story has Popeye and Castor on a case […]

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The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror 4 (May 2013)

Everything ties up nicely for the finish. I’m still trying to determine how Langridge made this take on The Rocketeer. He’s turned Cliff into a young doofus, added Groucho Marx as the narrator and so on… yet it’s definitely the Rocketeer. There’s a big action scene to resolve everything. It takes most of the issue […]

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The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror 3 (April 2013)

Oh, Langridge is just having too much fun now. He reveals the narrator–Groucho Marx. It’s a hilarious little detail; it doesn’t make any sense yet (how he’s omniscient but he’s Groucho so who cares). There also might a slight Return of the Jedi nod as far as Betty’s outfit goes. It’s a slower issue than […]

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The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror 2 (March 2013)

Langridge really embraces the Thin Man tie-in. It’s without names, instead of him doing thinly veined homages. It’s a nice touch, sending Betty off on her own adventure without Cliff. Actually, Betty’s got the much bigger story. She’s the one who has figured out there’s some creepiness with the Scientologist Cthulhu fan–sorry, Cosmicist–while Cliff’s basically […]

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Popeye 6 (October 2012)

It’s a book length story. Langridge and artist Ken Wheaton do a great job of it too. Langridge probably could have rushed the story, but by taking the whole issue, he lets Wheaton’s art breath a little. The word balloons aren’t packed full of text. Wheaton is able to give conversations reaction shots, for example. […]

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Popeye 5 (September 2012)

It’s a parenting issue. There are two stories concerning Popeye’s parenting abilities. The first is a babysitting adventure. Swee’Pea goes missing, ending up on the wrong side of town and joining a gang. Swee’Pea, it turns out, is really good at knocking the fleas off dogs. While Ozella does a fine job with the art, […]

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Popeye 4 (August 2012)

The Popeye feature suffers a little from lack of intelligent characters. For a second, I thought Castor Oyl would prove smart; he does not. Wimpy does show intelligence… and never gets recognized for it. But Langridge never loses track of him, which is sort of a reward. Langridge loses track of everyone at some point […]

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Snarked 12 (September 2012)

I guess Langridge gives Snarked a very grown-up ending. It fits with the fable tone he’s established, but it also got me all teary-eyed. It’s a philosophically rewarding finish, which isn’t the same thing as being an immediately pleasurable one. Langridge covers a lot of territory. There’s a lot more character development than one would […]

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Snarked 11 (August 2012)

Langridge goes all out this issue in terms of obviousness. It’s okay though, he’s earned the right to be forward. He deals with the Walrus’s character and the Royal Family’s family issues bluntly. And he makes great scenes out of them. In terms of the former, it’s not as blunt. There’s a great twist to […]

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Snarked 10 (July 2012)

Langridge comes up with some rather unexpected turns this issue. He opens it with a couple asides, first a reference to the occupy movement with the evil royalty back home, then the Gryphon running the pirate ship, before catching up with the main cast on Snark Island. This issue isn’t as full as the last […]

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Snarked 9 (June 2012)

This issue is gloriously full. The cast arrives on Snark Island and Langridge sets them out exploring. But the captain has been to the island before, which leads to him remembering geographic features. Then there are the bickering lion and unicorn guards, then there’s the missing king…. It goes on and on, so much so […]

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