Below are annotations for “Untitled (Never Heard So Many)” 10 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #9.
Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade
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.
General: Pickett’s division of soldiers run from the giant ant army’s advance. The soldiers encounter an apparent sniper in a tree, and flee, running through an orchard. All the while, ants kill numerous soldiers. Pickett speaks with Robert E. Lee. One of Pickett’s few surviving soldiers, George Zimmerman, encounters a group of black soldiers while fleeing.
- The printed AMPU cover artwork is different than the one solicited. The German Ponce solicited image (above) still appears at the publisher’s website and a detail from it is printed on the back cover of CP#8.
The printed CP#9 AMPU cover (left) is drawn by Gabriel Andrade. The same Andrade artwork was printed in four other places. The art initially appeared (uncolored) as page 1 of CP#8. The CP#9 AMPU cover is a colored, cropped version of that page, with no word balloon. The same art is printed (cropped, in black and white, with no word balloon) as the initial inside cover image preceding the CP#9 AMPU story. A detail of the color version also appears on the CP#9 and #10 back cover house ads.
For more on German Ponce’s unpublished AMPU artwork, see this post.
- On the left is “Sargeant” someone?? Suggest??
- On the right, the black-bearded soldier is apparently James Calvin Zimmerman, who first appeared in CP#1.
- First appearance of unnamed bald soldier in tree. Who is this? Possibly some kind of sniper? Suggest??
Page 2-3 – no specific annotations
- The explosion is apparently the human artillery bombardment beginning.
- coming soon
Page 5 – no specific annotations
- The bearded man is Robert E. Lee.
- This is the first mention of “General Hunt” referring to Henry Jackson Hunt (1819-1889) Chief of Artillery for the union army at the real world Battle of Gettysburg.
Page 7-9 – no specific annotations
- First appearance of an all-black soldier group. See Max Brooks interview about black-white relations in A More Perfect Union.