The Blake Chronicles
The Darkness Comic Strips
This section of Blake Chronicles is still under construction. It will be a collection of a project that Knighten Foraine (1920’s reporter for the Ripley Register) and Henry Sutter (Scottish artist moonlighting as a vampire-hunter) are working on. This project follows that creation and storyline of “The Darkness”, a pulp-magazine anti-hero who fights gangsters. Yet, these are not ordinary gangsters. Instead of merely “sucking the money” from society through their organized crime syndicates, these gangsters suck their blood, too!
In the time when notable pulp magazines such as Argosy Magazine began publishing such notable characters as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter, or adventure-detective stories like Doc Savage and The Phantom, “The Darkness” rose in Chicago fame. Through the witty writing of Knighten Foraine and the gritty artwork of Henry Sutter, “The Darkness” gained much popularity. The people of Chicago liked the ethereal heroism of the enigmatic hero, “The Darkness”. He was like a spirit protecting the innocent from the ruthless gangsters and syndicate organizations. All this was to the chagrin of the actual organized crime rings, who claimed that there was too much resemblance to these fictional blood suckers.
The purpose to these strips were to help the public become aware of the actual truth that lingered in the dark.