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Adventures of Jack Burton
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Adventures of Jack Burton: The House of the Seven-Faced Widow Adventures of Jack Burton
"The House of the Seven-Faced Widow"
Big Trouble in Little China #3 (BOOM! Studios)
Story by John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Colorist: Michael Garland
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Eric Powell
August 2014


Jack and Egg face off against the Seven-Faced Widow.


Story Summary


Arriving at the house of the Seven-Faced Widow, Jack and Egg gain entrance to her chamber (with some help from Pete). Jack tricks the Widow and steals the three jars of the Storms from her. Running out of the house and back to the truck, Jack, Egg, and Pete find the ape-like dwarves (from the previous issue) waiting for them.


Meanwhile, back in Chinatown, Qiang Wu tells the captive Wang that his friends think what they're doing is saving his life...but they are actually killing them all.




Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Jack Burton

Egg Shen


Seven-Faced Widow

Mrs. Burton #4 (unnamed, in flashback only)

Wang Chi

Three Storms (mentioned only, deceased)

Lo Pan (mentioned only, deceased)

Qiang Wu


Didja Know?


The issues of this series did not have individual titles. I chose the title "The House of the Seven-Faced Widow" because the majority of this issue takes place there.


Didja Notice?


On page 5, Jack mentions having visited a burger joint in Kansas that didn't serve burgers and had a one-legged chef with an irrational hatred of Bob Hope. Bob Hope (1903-2003) was an American comedian and actor, known for the series of "Road" movies he did with Bing Crosby (appropriate since Jack and Egg are currently travelling the Midnight Road).


In this issue, Jack tells the tale of his fourth wife. It seems that Jack was literally hypnotized by her without his knowledge.


During the flashback on page 6, panel 2, it appears that Jack is likely betting on a cockfight.



Jack reveals that Latin ladies have always rung his bell.


When Jack peers into the Pool of Absolute Truth, he says, "There's...something...I think it's a camel. Beers! There's a bunch of beers!" I'm not clear on what a camel has to do with beers.


Page 18 reveals that Jack was once an exotic male dancer going by the name of Tasticake McSugar. The name is probably derived from that of Tastykake snack cakes.

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