Re: RARA-AVIS: Non-US Writers/ Munoz - Sampayo

Etienne Borgers (
Tue, 28 Jul 1998 13:43:57 +0800 (SGT) >The discussion of Latin hardboiled reminded me of a great comic, Sinner,
>by two Argentinians Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo. These stories
>feature a former New York cop, in a mythic New York that probably has
>more to do with movies than the real city (if I recall correcty, neither
>of them had ever been near NYC when they began the series). The Sinner
>stories were translated into English and published by Fantagraphics.
>They have also done various stories featuring denizens of Sinner's
>favorite hangout. Several of these were collected into the book Joe's
>Bar by Catalan.
>Frank Miller, as usual recognizing hs influences, has been quite open
>about his own Sin City's debt to Sampayo's artwork.
The influence on Miller is quite obvious, especially for the use of black
color in the drawings. Real HB comics well ahead of their time when
published first.
( =eartly 70's -the authors were living in Europe, Spain).

There is a chapter in my HARD-BOILED MYSTERIES, comics section, giving some
drawings taken from their works as illustration in the page devoted to
ALAC SINNER, one of the characters of Munoz - Sampayo; check out at:

As for Frank Miller, and his dark lyric comics, there was a very interesting
discussion about it some months ago in RARA AVIS- check for the archives in
the RARA website at:

Check out the month of
January 98

Hope this helps


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