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James O'Barr's original comic

The Crow is a comic book series created by James O'Barr. The series was originally written by O'Barr as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. It was later published in 1989, and became an underground success, with some movie studios seeking the rights. It was adapted into a film in 1994. Three sequels, a remake, and a television series have also been made. The Crow may refer to the following: The Crow, a comic books series created by James OBarr The Crow (film), a film based on the aforementioned comic book series The Crow (novel), the third book in the Pellinor tetrology by Alison Croggon Category: ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... James OBarr (born 1960, Detroit, Michigan) is the creator of the comic book series, The Crow. ... Drunk driving (drink driving in the UK) or drinking and driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (i. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Crow is a 1994 American film adaptation of the comic book of the same name by James OBarr (who himself makes a cameo in the film). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...

The character has since become a cult icon of modern Goth culture, mostly fueled by the success of the first film. This article is about the late 20th / early 21st century subculture. ...


Plot synopsis

The story revolves around an unfortunate young man named Eric. He and his fiancée, Shelly, are assaulted by a gang of street thugs after their car breaks down. Eric is shot in the head and is paralyzed, and can only watch as Shelly is savagely beaten and raped until she dies at the scene. Eric survives and is taken to a hospital, but while surgeons are trying to save him, the Crow comes to him and convinces him he needs to let go of his life. Only by dying can the Crow help him exact his revenge. Paralysed redirects here. ... The Crow is the main protagonist of The Crow series, originally created by Gothic legend James OBarr. ... For other uses, see Revenge (disambiguation). ...

One year later, Eric is resurrected by the Crow to seek out vengeance on the murderers, methodically stalking and killing them. When not on the hunt, Eric stays in the house he shared with Shelly, spending most of his time there lost in memories of Shelly; her absence is torture for him, and he stays in hideous emotional pain, even engaging in self-mutilation. However, this provides him little release; any injury he suffers (save those that are self-inflicted) heals rapidly, leaving him scarred but intact. Look up Resurrection in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Self-harm (SH) is deliberate injury to ones own body. ...

The Crow acts as both guide and goad for Eric, giving him information that helps him in his quest but also chastising him for dwelling on Shelly's death, seeing his pining as useless self-indulgence that distracts him from his purpose.


The main character, Eric, is modeled after three musical influences on O'Barr's life. Firstly, Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, whose melancholic lyrics and spastic onstage dance movements inspired Eric's somber dialogue and pained convulsions when remembering his and Shelly's deaths. Secondly, Bauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy inspired his imposing physical presence, ghostly makeup, and sharp, high cheek bones. Finally, Eric's physicality/anatomy is based on punk legend Iggy Pop. Additionally, the names of Officer Albrecht and Captain Hook are allusions to Joy Division members Bernard (Albrecht) Sumner and Peter Hook. This article is about the band. ... Ian Kevin Curtis (July 15, 1956 – May 18, 1980) was the vocalist and lyricist of the band Joy Division, which he helped form in 1977 in Manchester, England. ... Look up lyrics in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Dialogue (disambiguation). ... This article is about the medical condition. ... Bauhaus are an English rock band formed in Northampton in 1978 by Peter Murphy (vocals), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). ... Photo of Peter Murphy from a 2006 Bauhaus concert. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Bernard Sumner (born 4 January 1956 in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, and also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken, Bernard Albrecht and Bernard Albrecht-Dicken) is a British singer, guitarist and keyboardist, originally with Joy Division and a former member of New Order. ... Peter Hooky Hook (born February 13, 1956 in Salford, Lancashire) is an English bass player. ...

Other influences on The Crow range from the Gothic imagery of Arthur Rimbaud's poetry to the unrelenting bleakness of the Cure's early albums. All these characteristics were carried over to the movie. Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole The gothic novel was a literary genre that belonged to Romanticism and began in the United Kingdom with The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole. ... Imagery is any of the five senses (sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste). ... Rimbaud redirects here. ... This article is about the art form. ... This article is about the band. ...

Supporting Characters

  • Sherri - A street urchin Eric befriends after his rebirth. (Re-named Sarah in the movie)
  • T-Bird - The head of the gang that murders Eric and Shelly.
  • Funboy - T-Bird's right-hand man, a morphine addict who is sleeping with Sherri's mother.
  • Top Dollar - A low-level drug dealer.
  • Tin-Tin - The first of T-Bird's gang to be eliminated by Eric.
  • Tom Tom - One of T-Bird's soldiers, and one of Shelly's rapists.
  • Gideon - A pawnbroker who is used by T-Bird's lackeys to fence Shelly's engagement ring.
  • Officer Albrecht - A beat cop who confronts Eric outside Gideon's pawnshop.
  • Captain Hook - The detective who originally handled Eric and Shelly's case. Eric sends him his regards through Albrecht.

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Author's Edition

Since 1998, O'Barr has spoken of The Crow Author's Edition, that would have more than 60 new pages of unseen material. Some of this material was excluded from the original book (for pacing and page count reasons, some of which were printed in Death Rattle #3) and some are completely new. However, since the book was never published, a petition has been started to finally bring it to print.

From several interviews given by O'Barr over the years we can surmise some additions that will be included in the Author's Edition.[1] [2]

  • There will be more romantic flashbacks between Eric and Shelly
  • A sequence that is an entire shootout reflected upside down in a pool of blood on the street so none of the physical violence is actually seen
  • The characters will have more depth; even the more subservient characters will now have whole pages of dialogue such as the little girl and the police officer.
  • A scene where Shelly tries teaching Eric to dance with little success
  • A scene where Eric encounters more guards at Funboy's apartment
  • A scene with Eric at a junkyard buying pieces to fix his car that has been broken down since his murder[3]

There are about 20 pages of brand new material created just for the Author's Edition and about 38 pages that were omitted from the original book due to page count and subject matter problems with the original publisher, as well as 6 new color paintings that were done as commissions for fans over the past few years.


From 1996-1998, Kitchen Sink Press published 5 mini-series and a one-shot based on The Crow concept with a new avatar in each series. Kitchen Sink Press was a comic book publisher in from the late 1960s until the late 1990s when it went out of business. ...

Following the Kitchen Sink series, London Night Studios published The Crow/Razor in 1998, with Eric Draven again in the role and paired with Everette Hartsoe's bad-girl character Razor. For information on bad girl art on movie posters see bad girl movies. ...

Also in 1998, O'Barr and editor Ed Kramer asked an array of fiction writers, poets, and artists (including Gene Wolfe, Alan Dean Foster, Charles de Lint, Jack Dann, Jane Yolen, Henry Rollins, and Iggy Pop) to interpret this gothic fiction phenomenon. The Crow: Shattered Lives & Broken Dreams was released by Random House on Halloween, and a year later, in a limited signed and numbered volume, by Donald M. Grant Publishing. Edward E. Kramer was born on March 20, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931, New York, New York) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. ... Alan Dean Foster (born November 18, 1946) is a prolific American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and movie novelizations. ... Charles de Lint (born December 22, 1951) is a Canadian fantasy author and Celtic folk musician. ... Jack Dann (born February 15, 1945) is an American science fiction writer living in Australia. ... Jane Yolens Wizards Hall Jane Yolen (born February 11, 1939 in New York City) is an American author and editor of almost 300 books. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, and actor. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole Gothic fiction is an important genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. ... // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ...

In 1999, Image Comics released a new comic series of The Crow, based on the original comic book. It ran for ten issues, ending in November of that year. This article is about the year. ... Image Comics is an American comic book publisher. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ...

Three sequels to the movie have been made so far: The Crow: City of Angels (1996), starring Vincent Perez (as the titular character), Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks and Iggy Pop; The Crow: Salvation (2000), starring Eric Mabius (as the titular character), Kirsten Dunst, and Fred Ward; and The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), starring Edward Furlong (as the titular character), David Boreanaz, and Tara Reid. All of the sequels have been critical and commercial flops; the latter two movies have been relegated to direct to video release. The TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998), was based on the first movie. The Crow: City of Angels is the 1996 sequel to cult movie and comic The Crow by James OBarr. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress who works in movies and television series. ... Richard L. Brooks (born 1962) is an African-American actor, singer, and director. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... The Crow: Salvation was the third movie based on The Crow comic by James OBarr. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric Harry Timothy Mabius (born April 21, 1971) is an American actor. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is an American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination), The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in the... Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward Walter Furlong[1] (born August 2, 1977) is an American actor, known for playing young John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Danny Vinyard in American History X. // Furlong was born in Glendale, California, near Burbank, to Eleanor (née Tafoya), a youth-center worker, and an unknown... David Paul Boreanaz (born May 16, 1969) is an American film and television actor. ... Tara Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also known as made-for-video, straight-to-video and, more recently, straight-to-DVD) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats (historically VHS) before or without being released in movie theaters or broadcast on television. ... TV redirects here. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

See also

Devils Night is a name associated with October 30, the night before Halloween, particularly in and around Detroit, Michigan. ... This is a listing of comic books. ... // Swan Maiden- a mythical creature who shapeshifts from human form to swan form. ... Crow face is a style of make-up made popular by the 1994 movie The Crow based on the 1989 comic book of the same name by James OBarr. ... The Crow is a 1994 American film adaptation of the comic book of the same name by James OBarr (who himself makes a cameo in the film). ... The Crow is the main protagonist of The Crow series, originally created by Gothic legend James OBarr. ...

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