Dragon Lady wins in the end

This is a commission I received whilst flogging wares at TCAF. Jeff Singh is a collector of original comic art with a particular fetish for Milt Caniff’ creation Dragon Lady in his long running strip, Terry and the Pirates begun way back in the 1930’s (and yes, this strip is the origin of the orientalist concept of Dragon Lady as an asian femme fatale). Jeff wanted some original art from my books A Mind Of Love and Stripshow, but has been commissioning artists to do interpretations of Dragon Lady for many years as you can see here. As you can see, there are works by some of comics best, including Jordi Bernet, Frank Cho, Tim Sale, Bill Sienkiwicz among others. One of the options was to do a Sunday strip rather than a pin-up, which I elected to do.

Well aware of Milt Caniff’s great art, I hadn’t read much Terry and the Pirates, so I had to do some research to create a story. There was one involving Dragon Lady teaching Terry how to dance so that he could impress his sweetheart, April, at some gala ball. Apparently, in the original it was all very sweet and showed that Dragon Lady was not all bad by any means; just a woman who did what it took to get what she wanted. But I also wanted to inject my personality into it and came up with this confection. I had a lot of fun doing it, but I think I perturbed Jeff a bit, as he says he is taking time to ‘get used to it’. It wasn’t like anything he’d received before. Well, he doesn’t hate it, either. What do you think?




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