Death Trap

After spotting the inn, a weary Kevin approaches, looking for simple refuge. However, the innkeeper sees an easy mark. Kevin meets Brett for the first time, and immediately feels protective of the lad.

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Brett seems to appreciate the kindness Kevin has shown him, and soon repays his new friend with a daring act. Kevin learns that Brett is clever as well as brave, and a bond is forged.

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Inspiration for the February 10 comic came from a short story titled A Terribly Strange Bed by the English novelist Wilkie Collins (familial relationship to Kreigh Collins is unknown, but unlikely). Interestingly, Wilkie Collins credited a painter by the name of W. S. Herrick with the idea of the death-trap bed.

Horrors of another kind happened a couple years ago when I received a shipment of several “Kevin the Bold” comics I had purchased, among them the one featuring the “terribly strange bed.” Either a very disgruntled postal worker deliberately disregarded the instructions on the envelope or the package was completely mangled by a sorting machine. Either way, it’s a very sad result for what was a particularly nice copy of a beautifully-printed and dramatic comic strip.

 

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