No. 148 – That’s S-P-A-D-E to You

Robo-Hunter’s Sam Slade from prog 76 (1978) drawn by José Luis Ferrér Rozalen (1946–2012) and Ian GibsonHumphrey Bogart (1899–1957) as private investigator Samuel “Sam” Spade in John Huston’s (1906–1987) The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Aside from the pun on Sam’s name, Robo-Hunter is an homage to Hollywood film noir, a cinematic term used primarily to describe the stylish crime dramas of the early 1940s to late 1950s, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes, and associated with a low-key, black-and-white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (Warner Bros., 1982), for example – particularly the version with Deckard’s voice-over – would be regarded as a contemporary example of sci-fi film noir (or “tech noir”).

Bogie also features in HoH No. 172 – Play It Again, Sam, Playlist and No. 217 – The Big Sleep.


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