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Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday Night Fights: Blood & Gutz

From Savage Tales #1 (1985): Blood makes his feelings known. Written, drawn, and lettered by the tragically short-lived Will Jungkuntz.



(Bahlactus knows what Blood & Gutz are all about...)

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At 8:12 AM, Blogger PMMJ said...

Wow, that art shows a lot of promise. Loving the fourth panel in the first scan.

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Erich said...

Yes, the mind reels to imagine what more Will Jungkuntz could have accomplished if he had lived longer.

When I was preparing this post, I was taken aback to find out how little information there was about him on the web; all that my searches turned up were three facts, all of which I already knew. (1) He wrote and drew "Blood & Gutz" for Savage Tales, and a Captain America story that saw print in Marvel Fanfare #26. (2) He died in 1985 at age 30. (3) Frank Miller dedicated The Dark Knight Returns to him.

That's it. That's all the information I could find. He doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry. The man really deserves to be better remembered than that.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger John said...

Dear Sir,
I share your sympathies regarding Will. Will and my father were best friends and roommates in college. He used to babysit me when I was a small child in New York. He is largely responsible for my development as an artist. I am always looking for more information on him, as I was 6 years old when he died and my father has also passed on. I am very grateful to be able to view some of his work on your blog . Thank you for taking the time to write about him.
Sincerely,
John Boyd

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Laura Mill Karlin said...

Greetings, Erich! Finding this a year & a half later, I just showed your post & the comments to Will Jungkuntz's mom (88) in Tacoma WA. She said, "Oh, I'm going to cry! And then, thank you for showing me, I'm so happy! That is very dear!" Will was one well-loved artist.

It means a lot to hear appreciation of Will's work. I'm the youngest of his 5 sisters & 1 brother. Thank you for the wikipedia idea. I would enjoy posting more info SOMEwhere.

And dear John, how did you ever find this blog?? I found it today looking for a cyber-reference on Will to send a Facebook friend who likes Steely Dan & comic books. In Savage Tales vol.2 #3 (Feb '86) Will's story shows Blood tearing the headphones off of a surgeon who was listening to "Hey 19" in post-apocolyptic L.A. (By the time the doc is operating on Gutz, the tune is "Gaucho".)

All your kind words are so welcome to find at this holiday time. Peace,
Laura Mill Karlin

 
At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Tim Ryan said...

Hello, Erich. I'm Tim Ryan, one of Will's best friends and the author with him of AE-35 in Neal Adams' Continuity's "Echo of Future Past." Also did the first Crazyman with Will. A lot of promise indeed. It was devastating when he died. After that, I moved out of comics and went on to other writing and other things (writing this on a trip to Pakistan). Anyway, glad that a few people out there found out about him. Hi to Laura!

 
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At 2:22 AM, Blogger Gunner said...

Just a note that I still remember the Blood & gutz series from my senior year in high school. The story of "goldie" the gold mini van was my favorite in the series.

Glad you wrote about him.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger ALLEN said...

i loved Will Jungkuntz's "Blood N' Gutz" in Savage Tales and I was seriously saddened when I heard of his passing back then as his was my fav series. I always wanted to know more about him and I'm so glad to have stumbled upon this blog. I too always wanted to learn about this talented guy. Looking forward to the Wikipedia page...

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger Harry Purvis said...

Does anyone knows in which city (even if fictional) the story depicted in the blog happens?

 

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