When I suggested to Norman Conquest, the CEO of Black Scat Books, that I translate the Captain Cap stories of Alphonse Allais, he was all for it. However, he also proposed that I draw the cover, which left me with a problem: what did Captain Cap look like?
The French pocket book that my friend Serge gave me back in the ’70s was my first introduction to to the intrepid adventurer. Here, the Captain was depicted as a rather stereotypical sailor, placed, as is only appropriate, in a bottle.
The Argentinian edition used a picture that looks suspiciously like Alfred Jarry.
For some reason, the Captain was also used at one point to advertise a brand of cookies. In the stories, he was much more fond of cocktails than pastries, but I suppose that advertisers follow their own hearts. At any rate, the ad later adorned the cover of a Spanish edition of the book. He looks rather dapper here, somewhat like a Londoner in his club.
Cropped from the cover of his own adventures! Well, with this new edition, I have, at long last, placed Captain Cap on the cover of Captain Cap.
(Posted by Doug Skinner)