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Comic #2311

1 Monty: So how is it being a skeleton?
2 Charon: Oh, it's a bit limiting, but you get used to it.
3 Monty: Your movements look a bit stiff and jerky.
4 Charon: Ray Harryhausen has a lot to answer for.

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Ray Harryhausen is a legend of Hollywood special effects. He pioneered the use of stop-motion animation in feature films.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts are two of the most significant films of all time in terms of the early development of special effects. They look primitive compared to modern films, but I remember vividly seeing these as a kid - in the days before Star Wars changed everything - and being completely amazed.

If you've never seen them, I suggest tracking them down.

2022-06-10 Rerun commentary: Since this strip originally appeared I have found a copy of Jason and the Argonauts on DVD, and have watched it again a few times. Still one of the coolest films of all time. That skeleton fight scene is a classic.

It's a shame that the story ends so abruptly, and that the planned sequel was never made.

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