Introducing Errol Flynn, Hedy Lamarr and Charlie’s older brother Sydney.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the Ambassador Hotel’s nightclub Cocoanut Grove was a hot spot frequented by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Errol Flynn and Hedy Lamarr.

The addition of the Cocoanut Grove was totally Jon’s. My knowledge of the nightclub was 50% from the Warner Brother’s cartoon CooCoo Nut Grove and 50% from the terrific Martin Scorsese film, The Aviator, which also happens to feature Errol Flynn misbehaving in typical Flynn fashion.

Geeze, will ya just look at this scene? Freaking Marty Scorsese. I adore that magnificent crane shot, the raucous atmosphere, Jude Law murdering it as Flynn and the beautiful Two Strip Technicolor look.

I always envisioned this as a black and white book as a nod to Chaplin and the time period. But I’ve been toying with the idea of coloring the book, especially after getting some sage advice from a few comics editors. They unanimously question the marketability of black and white.

I’m not totally opposed. But I am saying it here, if I do decide to color it, the Two Strip Technicolor palette is the one I am using.

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