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Adventures of Jack Burton

Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 12) Adventures of Jack Burton
"Old Man Jack" Part 12
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #12
BOOM! Studios
Written by John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Illustrated by Jorge Corona
Colored by Gabriel Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Brett Parson
August 2018


The final battle for control of reality.


Story Summary


Jack talks Lo Pan down from the edge and pays the ultimate price. 


Notes from the Jack Burton chronology


This story takes place in the year 2020.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Jack Burton

David Lo Pan

Miao Yin

Queen Violence

Egg Shen

Adolf Hitler

Wang Chi

Margo Litzenberger

Gracie Law

Eddie Lee



The Three Storms (in Memory Lane only)

Wing Kong (in Memory Lane only)

Winona Chi 




Didja Know?


Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack is a 12-issue limited series published by IDW in 2017-2018.


Didja Notice?


On the Brett Parson cover of this issue, Jack's belt buckle has a snake on it, possibly in reference to Kurt Russell's character of Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Jack is also holding a can of "lite" beer which appears to be MacReady brand; Russell played R. J. MacReady in John Carpenter's The Thing.

Brett Parson cover


On page 3, Egg Shen is fighting Adolf Hitler, who presumably has become part of Lo Pan's army. Hitler, of course, was the evil Chancellor of Germany 1934-1945, during WWII. Hitler was previously name-checked in Big Trouble in Mother Russia and "No Exit". 


On page 4, Lo Pan disintegrates Margo and Eddie using beams from his eyes that move in a zig-zag fashion similar to those of the villainous Darkseid in the universe of DC Comics.
Lo Pan Darkseid
Lo Pan Darkseid


The "Memory Lane" sequence on pages 10-12 are based on scenes from Big Trouble in Little China.


On page 15, Lo Pan begins to say, "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em," but is interrupted by Jack's toast. The phrase has an uncertain origin, but is usually associated with political parties.


Near the end of this issue, Lo Pan turns to the good side, thanks to Jack's philosophical nature.


At the end of the issue, Jack dies, but is frozen in his happiest moment for all eternity...returning to Gracie at the end of Big Trouble in Little China.


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