It is a land of immortals, of leotard-clad nobles casting graceful shadows over bright and cheery comicdom. And in these shadows lives Frank Miller, surrounded by femme fatales and half-smoked cigarettes, slouching to the shrieks of a rusty saxophone. You can call him Mr Noir.
Today, with his 300 hotting up the box office, and the sequel to his cult-smash Sin City already under way, the 50-year-old comic book icon is turning into an equally influential screenwriter -- you know, the kind of guy that makes Robert Rodriguez resign from the Director's Guild just to have Miller as co-Director on Sin City.
He tried movies earlier, but Robocop 2 soured his Hollywood experience. This time, the filmmakers know Miller needs to call the shots, that his massive, rabid fanbase insists on absolute loyalty, and that his work translates to screen with revolutionary style.
He's the man of the moment. And here's a look at his key work.
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