I’ve been enjoying Tom Spurgeon’s series of short essays on comics he collected in the 1980s recently, but his latest – on American Flagg! – is my favorite so far, dealing with Spurgeon’s reactions as a reader at the time and a more retrospective consideration of the series from the point of view of creator Howard Chaykin’s input:
I dropped the post-Chaykin issues of the series cold. For all I know, they could be great, but I had no interest in them and still don’t. I only picked up Chaykin’s return as a kind of writer/packager when the books became heavily discounted at my then-local shop. I never wanted more American Flagg!.
It seems particularly timely for Spurgeon to write about the series, now; the first year went up for sale on ComiXology the other week, so now you can go and check it out for yourself (You should; if nothing else, it starts amazingly).