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Adventures of Jack Burton

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 9) Adventures of Jack Burton
"Old Man Jack" Part 9
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #9
BOOM! Studios
Written by John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Illustrated by Jorge Corona
Colored by Gabriel Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Rahzzah
May 2018

 

Jack and friends confront the demon god of the east, Ching Dai.

 

Story Summary

 

Jack and friends confront Ching Dai and Pete and Egg are killed in the battle. Ultimately, Ching Dai seems to have been defeated until Lo Pan betrays the group and accepts the demon-god's partnership.

 

Continued in "Old Man Jack" Part 10.

 

Notes from the Jack Burton chronology

 

This story takes place in the year 2020.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

David Lo Pan

Egg Shen (dies in this issue)

Jack Burton

Wang Chi

Miao Yin

Winona Chi

Pete (Yaoguai) (dies in this issue)

Ching Dai

Thunder 

 

 

 

Didja Know?

 

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack is a 12-issue limited series published by IDW in 2017-2018.

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 1, Lo Pan describes Wang and Miao Yin's daughter, Winona, as a "six-out-of-ten", presumably referring to the 10-scale of physical attractiveness. Six seems low considering "Encino Man" describes her as being a dead-ringer for her mother.

 

Also on page 1, Jack offers to play "Sweet Home Alabama" in hand farts. "Sweet Home Alabama" is a 1974 song by Lynrd Skynrd. Hand farting is the act of producing a flatulent-like sound by squeezing air between one's cupped hands; however, the image of Jack in panel 3 suggests he is really talking about arm pit farts, a similar action of squeezing air between one hand and the opposite arm pit.

 

The demon Jack faces on pages 6-7 looks rather like Darkness from the 1985 dark fantasy film Legend.

 

On page 17, Ching Dai sees Jack reading from Egg's spell book and exclaims, "Jack! What are you doing?!" and Jack responds, "Reading! It's fundamental!" This is a reference to the U.S. non-profit children's literacy organization Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and, even more so probably, to the public service announcements about the program that aired on Saturday morning network TV in the 1970s. 

 

Unanswered Questions

 

How did Thunder come back in this issue considering he was supposedly killed by Lo Pan in "Old Man Jack" Part 8?

 

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