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Coverdown: Freewheelin 226 / Freewheelin-on-line take 28
 

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The backdrop to this month’s Freewheelin cover comes from a hard back cartoon book that cried out to me from a news stand whilst holidaying in Italy. Perhaps it was the title of the book: ‘Dylan Dog’ that grabbed me but on taking a closer look I found that this item was number 97 in a collection of ‘Dylan Dog’ books that has now reached over 200. These hardback collectors books are published by Sergio Bonelli Editore of Milan and the artist who created the artwork for this particular book is one Carlo Ambrosini. 

The concept of the ‘Dylan Dog’ character (who is the beefcake in the scarlet shirt and jeans in this cover) is somewhat surreal as the following description illustrates: ‘He is the only Investigator of Nightmares in the world. He is fascinated by fear, and has made it his profession. He doesn’t move far from home, but he’s constantly travelling through the most obscure labyrinths of the human mind!’ 

Dylan Dog’s assistants are the moustached Groucho, Inspector Bloch and the colourful Lord H.G. Wells amongst others and his women are ‘Gentle femme fatale types, romantic, lost. Dylan is quite ready to fall in love with each one of them…’ 

Apparently Dylan Dog is often confronting monsters, as he is here, but they are not actually monsters, they are identical to the real characters in the books – kind of scary twins. Talking of which … our own Dylan (who is of course himself a scary twin) seems to be freaked out by Dylan Dog’s monster, for his complexion is much too white. But then again, perhaps he has stumbled into someone’s nightmare and has realized that, whatever way you look at it, life is all just a series of dreams (or nightmares)!

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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