Sin City: That Yellow Bastard # 6 Frank Miller 1st print Dark Horse Comics Movie


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Sin City That Yellow Bastard (1996) #6

Published Jul 1996 by Dark Horse.

Story and art by Frank Miller. For all of the pain, humiliation, and suffering he’s put him through, Hartigan’s gonna wipe that yellow bastard all over this forty-eight page finale! 48 pages, B&W (and Yellow).

That Yellow Bastard is a six-issue comic book miniseries, and the sixth in the Sin City series. It follows the usual black and white noir style artistry of previous Sin City novels.

The story begins more than eight years before any other Sin City book takes place, with possibly the most noble, and heroic protagonist in the Sin City universe, policeman John Hartigan (suffering from severe angina problems) on his final mission before his forced retirement. Roark Junior, son of one of the most powerful and corrupt officials in Basin City, is indulging his penchant for raping and murdering pre-pubescent girls. It is Hartigan’s mission to rescue Junior’s latest quarry, a thin eleven-year-old named Nancy Callahan. Hartigan rescues her, but only after severely wounding Junior and sending him into a coma. Hartigan is then framed for kidnapping and raping Nancy, and sent to prison for eight years, until he manages to achieve parole and attempts to locate and protect Nancy from Roark’s men.

In the film adaptation, Bruce Willis stars as Hartigan, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Nick Stahl as the Yellow Bastard/Junior, Powers Boothe as Senator Roark and Michael Madsen as Hartigan’s partner, Bob. There are only a few notable differences in the film version: Mort is replaced by Bob when Hartigan is released from prison, an appearance by Carla Gugino as Lucille is omitted (but reinstated in the extended version released to DVD), and Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) has a mustache.

In the DVD commentary, Frank Miller indicated that he was initially motivated to write That Yellow Bastard after his disappointment with The Dead Pool, the fifth and final film in the Dirty Harry series. Nancy—who prior to this story had no last name—was named “Callahan”, a name shared with Clint Eastwood’s character.

Sin City (also known as Frank Miller’s Sin City) is a 2005 American neo-noir action crime anthology film written, produced, and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller’s graphic novel Sin City.

Much of the film is based on the first, third and fourth books in Miller’s original comic series. The Hard Goodbye is about a man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time sweetheart’s killer, killing anyone, even the police, that gets in his way of finding and killing her murderer. The Big Fat Kill focuses on an everyman getting caught in a street war between a group of prostitutes and a group of mercenaries, the police and the mob. That Yellow Bastard follows an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer. The intro and outro of the film are based on the short story “The Customer is Always Right”, which is collected in Booze, Broads & Bullets, the sixth book in the comic series.

The film stars Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Benicio Del Toro, Brittany Murphy and Elijah Wood, featuring Alexis Bledel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen and Nick Stahl, among others.

Sin City opened to wide critical and commercial success, gathering particular recognition for the film’s unique color processing, which rendered most of the film in black and white but retained or added coloring for selected objects. The film was screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in competition and won the Technical Grand Prize for the film’s “visual shaping”.

A sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, was released on August 22, 2014. Production for the sequel began in October 2012 with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller directing a script co-written by them and William Monahan. The film was based mainly on A Dame to Kill For, the second book in the Sin City series by Miller, and also included the short story “Just Another Saturday Night” from the Booze, Broads, & Bullets collection, as well as two original stories written by Miller for the film, titled “The Long Bad Night” and “Nancy’s Last Dance”. Actors Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba all reprised their roles in the sequel, amongst others. The sequel was not as critically or financially successful as the first film.

One minor stress along spine on back cover.