David and Goliath in the West
This year as usual I recovered an old Uncle J comic to be reprinted in a renewed and deluxe edition as a gift for his birthday. This time, the choice fell on a version of the Lewis and Clark expedition, unfortunately left unfinished, and accomplished between 1970 and 1976. It was published by a minor but enthusiastic publisher, the new Nerbini by Alfonso Pichierri. But that’s another story.
Now, months later, I have purchased a color hardcover volume published by one of the most prestigious Franco-Belgian publishing houses. I was hesitant to give it to Uncle J as it could seem – apparently – a comparison. I also feared it would be at the expense of the latter. Now having in my hands the “luxurious hardcover” I must, allow me to say, with a certain pleasure, recognize that the reduction we considered “poor” made by Uncle J to 15 years and this produced with all the “firepower” of a great publishing house is definitely to Uncle J’s advantage. In the end, the comic of a teenager with no means is on par with if not superior. IMHO