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    You can now read a compilation of Patricia Highsmith’s comics.

    Jessie Gaynor

    August 10, 2022, 12:05pm

    Though I love a good Writer Day Job, and am currently in the middle of Ripley Under Ground, I had no idea until this  morning that Patricia Highsmith worked as a comic book scriptwriter from 1942-48. Highsmith initially worked in a bullpen at the office of comic book publisher Ned Pines, but eventually went freelance, writing comic book profiles of historical figures as well as more standard crime-fighting fare. (Apparently an editor once tried to set her up on a date with Stan Lee??)

    I learned this excellent bit of trivia from the Caustic Cover Critic on Twitter, who helpfully compiled a PDF of all the comics “reliably attributed to Highsmith.”

    It’s a pretty fascinating relic overall, but my personal favorite is her biography of Catherine the Great, complete with ads for War Stamps:

    Fine, Twitter, you did one good thing.

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