James O’Barr was driven to write and draw the original story after his girlfriend was killed by a drunk driver in the late ‘70s. Drawing further inspiration from a story of a couple killed for their engagement ring, and the gothic music of The Cure and Joy Division (indeed the original Crow was dedicated to Joy Division’s equally as tragic lead singer, Ian Curtis), O’Barr created a dark, violent vision of revenge and redemption. But he never really did anything else, he never really went any further with his artistic talents or vision.
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