Below are annotations for “Untitled (Procurement Corps Coming Through)” 8 pages (plus page of “In the Real War” notes) in Cinema Purgatorio #6.
Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Michael DiPascale
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
Cover – no specific annotations
- This is apparently the hand of William Jacob Holland, introduced on P5 below.
- First appearance of Henry Ulke, as Brooks notes, a portrait painter and amateur scientist.
- Mounted on the horse on the left is is George Edward Pickett (1825-1875), an actual Confederate Army officer. Pickett first appeared in CP#3 P1,p4.
- As Brooks mentions in his notes, America’s National Academy of Sciences was founded in 1863, the year this story takes place.
- Mentioned by Brooks, the “Smithsonian [Institution]” is an American group of museums and research centers, established in 1846.
- The “Megatherium Club” was a group of scientists associated with the early Smithsonian.
- “General Lee” is Robert E. Lee, who lead the confederate army in real life.
- “Secretary of War Davis” is Jefferson Davis. Davis was the president of the confederacy during the Civil War. In AMPU’s reality, he is apparently a member of Lincoln’s cabinet.
- The “rail splitter in the White House” is president Abraham Lincoln (see rail splitter cartoon.)
- Pickett graduated last in his class at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy.
Page 4 – no specific annotations
- This panel introduces William Jacob Holland who, as Brooks notes, later became a paleontologist, zoologist, and author.
- “Post petiol plate” sounds scientific, but does not yield any results on a google search. (It may be related to the botanical term “petiole” – the stalk that attaches a leaf to a stem.)
- “Danke” is German for “thank you” reflecting Ulke’s upbringing in Germany.
- “Merci Monsieur DuFour” as Brooks notes, refers to French naturalist Léon Jean Marie Dufour who discovered a gland that some insects use to communicate.
- “Sioux scent” was mentioned earlier in xxxx.
Page 8 – no specific annotations