Below are annotations for “Untitled (Would now be an appropriate time for a photograph?)” 10 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #15.
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.
- The men on the cover appear to be James Calvin Zimmerman (beard) and xxxx – suggest??
- The internal cover (apparently erroneously) repeats the CP#14 cover image.
- Brooks and Adrade employ a clever misdirection. The ant appears to be one of the giant ants, but is revealed to be an ordinary one, which Custer steps on.
- On the right is George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) who first appeared last issue.
On the left is the first appearance of pioneering photographer Mathew Brady (1822-1896).
- “Mister Doughty,” as Brooks states in the issue’s notes, is John W. Doughty, a relatively obscure teacher/inventor. According to this NPR article:
…in 1862, during the American Civil War, a New York City schoolteacher named John W. Doughty had written to the Secretary of War suggesting the use of poison gas shells against the Confederate forces. He had designed a 10-inch projectile in which one compartment was filled with a few quarts of liquid chlorine and the second with explosives; when the shell burst, the explosion would convert the chlorine into an asphyxiating gas. But the Union’s chief of ordnance, Brigadier General James Ripley, had been resistant to new ideas and had rejected Doughty’s invention.
- First appearance of John W. Doughty – see P2,p4 above.
Pages 4-9 – no specific annotations
- “Custer gas” sounds similar to “mustard gas” which was a chemical gas weapon banned after WWI.