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Ripley's Believe It or Not! #3

Posted: Saturday, June 28, 2003
By: Isaac Freeman

Writer: Haden Blackman
Artists: Cary Nord, Mary Lipka, Steve Dutro

Publisher: Dark Horse

Eng-In, one of the famous nineteenth century "Siamese twins", awakes at night to find his brother ChangChun dead. While he awaits death himself, he gets to thinking about his life. Then, for some reason, about Jo-Jo the Dog-faced Boy from P.T. Barnum's circus. Then about his own life againfor another page. Then, for inadequately explored reasons and for most of the rest of this ill-conceived comic, about Joseph Merrick the "Elephant Man".

There's no real story here, just Eng telling us about people he could not possibly have met in real life, a fact which is happily acknowledged in a footnote with the unhelpful explanation "Obviously, Eng has been watching the world from beyond the grave..."

Presumably the ellipsis is intended to hint at some interesting story, but the author declines to elaborate. The comic is peppered with footnotes containing further factoids about Eng, Chang, Jo-Jo and Merrick, and the remaining space filled with apparently random panels from the syndicated Ripley's Believe It or Not! strip that have no apparent bearing on the topic of famous circus freaks.

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