“Rip in Time”
20+20+20+20+27(series) pgs. Appeared first time [B&W] in Rip in Time #1 (1986) to #5 (1987). Reprinted [B&W] in Rip in Time [Album] (1990).
Story: Bruce Jones. Art: Richard Corben (no signiture). Lettering: printed (Corben).
France [FRA]: as “Temps déchirés”, as one in Temps déchirés (1991).
Germany [GER]: as “Rip in Time [GER]: Nur der stärkste Überlebt”, as one in Die phantastische Welt des Richard Corben #13 (1995).
Italy [ITA]: as “Salto Nel Tempo”, as 7 part serial in L’Eternauta #65 (1988) to #71 (1989).
Spain [SPA]: as “Rip, tiempo atrás”, as 5 part serial in Rip, tiempo atrás #1 to #5 (1987), and as one in Rip, tiempo atrás [TB] (1987).
Sweden [SWE]: as “Fången i tiden”, as one in Pox Special 3/89.
Style: Black line with B&W tonal overlay [PICT]. Genre: SF. Time Span: Future and prehistoric. Nudity: Voluptuous girls.
Original Art Plate: The drawings are done in pen and ink with gray pencil modeling. The tones were added with a two step overlay. [Rip in Time #2 (1986), inner front cover] The pen and ink used was Sharpie and Pigma and markers and grey pencil on 11″x17″ Bainbridge paper [Corben’s web site]. 30,3 x 40,3 cm [Source: Angoulême, 2019].
Keywords: Militant. Robbery. Escape. By accident. Time travelling. Dinosaur. Surviving. Rescue. Betrayal. Violence.
Synopsis: Female Colonel Nelson is running a secret (military) time machine. Sid and Darlene rob a shop, while Rip and Maggie are pulled against their will into it. Sid kidnaps Maggie and escapes; Rip follows with Darlene. They all drive by accident through time machine into prehistoric time (when dinosaurs rule the Earth). These two separate groups try to survive in alien environment. There is only one thing to do to rescue them: Colonel Nelson sends a (violent) rescue soldier Rober after them. But Mr. Rober is not only one who is nasty and violent.
Comment: Very good epic story by Bruce Jones, though the concept is close to they collaboration in Eerie (a time travelling trilogy). Corben’s B&W artwork is very good too. Finally he can explore his passion with dinosaurs and prehistoric atmospheres. Nudity is mild (for fear of “Adults Only” label – Mr. Corben says in Rip in Time #2 (1986), “The sensitive subjects of sex, nudity and language were debated at length between Bruce and I as this project began.”), but voluptuous girls get their points. Story has a beautifully cinematic beginning without dialogue. Serial and Album versions are as similar as possible, except in the episode’s opening page’s first frame (Corben draw away all “Rip in Time” -titles, but first).
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Created: Sept. 12, 1999. Last updated: April 12, 2020 at 11:37 am