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    Benjamin Marra: Space Warrior

Infectious fun, sex and violence in Benjamin Marra’s pulpy comic treats

Posted by Anna Trench,

Benjamin Marra produces comic tales of nocturnal, urban action, intense emotion and extreme violence featuring bikini-clad girls with gun-holder suspenders, testosterone-pumped guys and bloodthirsty beasts. His characters’ anatomy is idiosyncratic, and their angular movements a tad awkward, but there’s an infectious energy to Marra’s drawings that’s near impossible to resist.

Through his small publishing house, Traditional Comics, Marra’s brought trashy ‘80s pulp comics back with guns blazing. His drawing style is by turns intense, manic and delicate, he can pace and compose panels excellently and as his ten years old uncensored sketchbooks illustrate so wonderfully, he owns a wild imagination. His stories of notorious Gangsta Rap Posse and free world saving, political column writing and George Clooney dating heroine Maureen Dowd are funny and knowing without being too ironic. More than anything, though, Marra’s comics are just really, really fun.

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    Benjamin Marra: sketchbook

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    Benjamin Marra: sketchbook

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    Benjamin Marra: Tales of the Cat Master

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    Benjamin Marra: The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction) Issue 1

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    Benjamin Marra: The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction) Issue 1

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    Benjamin Marra: NIght Business Issue 1 Cover

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    Benjamin Marra: Gangster Rap Posse Issue 3 Cover

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Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.