'Boardwalk Empire': The Secret Comic Book History

by Ethan Kaye

Comic books weave threads through all popular media. What once lived in attics and dingy strip mall stores are now headlining box offices, Broadway stages, and magazine covers. So how far do these tentacles stretch? This column looks at what’s popular, and uncovers some of the hidden connections to the comic world!

This week: HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Martin Scorsese's take on Prohibition-era Atlantic City gives viewers a ground-level view of America's greatest gangsters right as they're getting on their feet. With alcohol outlawed (and women just given the right to vote), politics and violence are the words of the day, and gangsters like Al Capone mix with bootleggers and presidents. And it has some pretty good comic connections!

Michael Shannon: As Prohibition Agent Nelson Van Alden, Shannon’s the goodie-goodie with a troubled soul. He tries to be a saint, but the veniality
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