with an introduction by Alan Moore At last, this long neglected masterpiece of comics is once again available, and in the finest edition yet produced. Originally published as a comic book mini-series in the late 1980s by Kitchen Sink Press, Kings in Disguise started out life as a one act play. Around the time that the play premiered in 1984, Vance stumbled into a comics shop became intrigued by the comics renaissance that he discovered that was then in first bloom and a lightbulb went off. Set in America at the nadir of the Great Depression of the 1930s, Kings in Disguise is a thoroughly engaging story told with heart and finely rendered by long suffering alternative comics stalwart, Dan Burr. It is a story of tramps, bums and yeggs, young and old, weak and strong, good and bad, all caught up in the forces of history and trying to do the best they can. This is a story that tries to capture the reality of lives of struggle, in direct opposition to the traditional role of comic books as escapist fare read precisely to avoid confronting these hard realities. Do yourself a favor and give this one a look.