Janus Stark volume 1
This is first in a series of specials from Rebellion bringing classic British heroes out of the archive is availble only through the 2000 AD and Treasury of British Comics web shop.
“Behold, Janus Stark! Master of illusion, son of the
unknown! No lock can fetter me … no rope or chain can bind my limbs!”
It will be exclusively from the
Treasury of British Comics webshop from 27th November, with
pre-order from 4th November. Early preview copies will be available
from the 2000 AD stand at the Thought Bubble convention in Harrogate this
weekend (Tables 10-12, Comixology Originals Hall).
This 48 page Janus Stark collection begins with his very first
adventure in the pages of Smash from 1969. Written by Tom Tully and drawn by
Francisco Solano López, The Incredible Adventures of Janus Stark ran in
syndication until 1971 and was one of the few to survive Smash’s merger into
Valiant in 1971.
Janus Stark is an escapologist in Victorian London who
appears to be a simple music hall act, but who privately uses his extraordinary
abilities to battle crime and injustice. With an unusually flexible bone
structure, Stark is able him to get out of an astonishing variety of tight
situations at will.
Born in 1840 as the orphan Jonas Clarke, he was sent to an
orphanage where he was mistreated, but escaped and lived in the streets. There
he befriended a beggar, Blind Largo, who taught him pickpocketing but also
trained Clarke to use his unique gift. As an adult, Clarke became Janus Stark,
escapologist and private detective!