Friday, 27 July 2012

Fan Art Friday: The Secret History of D.B. Cooper

Today's Fan Art Friday picture is inspired by one of my favourite comics of 2012: The Secret History of D.B. Cooper by Brian Churilla, published by Oni Press.

So, who is D.B. Cooper? I was unfamiliar with this particular chapter in US history before I started reading the book, but a quick Wikipedia search later, and I was intrigued by the story of the only unsolved air piracy case in US aviation history:

On November 24 1971, a man using the alias D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 747 aircraft between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. On the ground in Seattle, he demanded $200,000 in ransom and two parachutes. When his demands were met, he ordered the plane to take off, and somewhere over the Washington widlerness he parachuted out of the plane. Over forty years later, D.B. Cooper has never been located and is still on the FBI's most-wanted list.

Churilla's comic finally reveals the truth about D.B. Cooper's history and the events surrounding the hijacking, a psychedelic adventure involving a fringe group within the C.I.A., psychic assassinations, and a red teddy bear called Lee. The Secret History of D.B. Cooper is one of my favourite comics of 2012, and continually keeps you guessing about where it's all heading, before finally coming together in a truly satisfying conclusion.

Here's my drawing of D.B. Cooper and Lee facing off against one of the monsters within "The Glut", the psychic battleground within the human mind...

The fifth and final issue of The Secret History of D.B. Cooper was released on the 18 July.

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