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THE ADVENTURES OF JACK BURTON
Episode Studies
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This is PopApostle's study of the adventures of Jack Burton, clownish hero of Big Trouble in Little China and later comic book exploits. I have chosen to call these studies the Adventures of Jack Burton, borrowing the unofficial subtitle of the comic book series published by IDW in 2014-2016. Here, I am presenting my studies relating to each, such as commentary on the weapons and equipment used by the characters, sound bits of memorable dialog, screen grabs and my own musings.

 

Even though there are no TV episodes featuring Jack Burton at this time, I am continuing to use the term "episode" here as I have elsewhere on PopApostle, as a separable piece in the continuous narrative of a larger story.

Adventures of Jack Burton: Big Trouble in Little China Adventures of Jack Burton: The Hell of the Midnight Road Adventures of Jack Burton: Big Trouble in Mother Russia Adventures of Jack Butron: Big Trouble in Merrie Olde England Adventures of Jack Burton: The Ghosts of Storms
Big Trouble in Little China "The Hell of the Midnight Road" Big Trouble in Mother Russia Big Trouble in Merrie Olde England "The Ghosts of Storms"
Movie Big Trouble in Little China #1 (BOOM! Studios)
Pages 1-6
Novel Novel Big Trouble in Little China #1 (BOOM! Studios)
Pages 7-22
Trucker Jack Burton bites off more than he can chew in the mystic underworld of San Francisco's Chinatown. Jack discovers a stowaway on his truck. Jack winds up in trouble in the Soviet Union. Jack and friends are embroiled in Arthurian legend when they arrive in England. Jack and Pete attend Wang and Miao's (disrupted) wedding.
Adventures of Jack Burton: Fool's Errand Adventures of Jack Burton: The House of the Seven-Faced Widow Adventures of Jack Burton: Bad News Browns Adventures of Jack Burton: So Long, Chinatown Adventures of Jack Burton: The Extraterrestrial Highway
"Fool's Errand" "The House of the Seven-Faced Widow" "Bad News Browns" "So Long, Chinatown" "The Extraterrestrial Highway"
Big Trouble in Little China #2 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #3 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #4 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #5 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #6 (BOOM! Studios)
Jack, Egg, and Pete travel down the Midnight Road to fulfill the challenge of Qiang Wu. Jack and Egg face off against the Seven-Faced Widow. Jack and Egg return to Chinatown with the jars of the Three Storms. Jack and Egg flee from Lo Pan to protect Wang Chi and Miao Yin. Jack and Wang are pursued by the Zhang brothers; Miao Yin shows a new side.
Adventures of Jack Burton: A Little Trouble in Dixieland Adventures of Jack Burton: The Legendary San Francisco Mystic Kung Fu Showdown and Knife Fight Adventures of Jack Burton: The Hell of No Return Adventures of Jack Burton: No Exit Adventures of Jack Burton: It's All Trouble From Here
"A Little Trouble in Dixieland" "The Legendary San Francisco Mystic Kung Fu Showdown and Knife Fight" "The Hell of No Return" "No Exit" "It's All Trouble From Here"
Big Trouble in Little China #7 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #8 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #9 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #10 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #11 (BOOM! Studios)
Egg and Miao Yin on the Midnight Road and Jack and Wang in Nashville each come up against old foes. With Miao Yin and Egg Shen now in the clutches of Lo Pan, Jack (with a little help from Wang) plots out how to win their freedom. Jack and Lo Pan attempt to evade eternal torment in the Hell of No Return. Jack tries to finagle and con his way out of the Hell of No Return. Jack and Slinky set out to stop Lo Pan from escaping Hell and returning to life in the mortal world; Egg and Wang look up P'an Ku.
Adventures of Jack Burton: The Luck of the Righteous Fool Big Trouble in Little China: Encino Man Adventures of Jack Burton: The Samurai of Wall Street Adventures of Jack Burton: Big Trouble in Little Tokyo Adventures of Jack Burton: Take On Me
"The Luck of the Righteous Fool" "Encino Man" "The Samurai of Wall Street" "Big Trouble in Little Tokyo" "Take On Me"
Big Trouble in Little China #12 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #13 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #14 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #15 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #16 (BOOM! Studios)
Jack confronts Lo Pan over the Black Serpent's Tongue. Jack tries to resume his interrupted life in 2015. Jack must become the Amazing '80s Ossified Man again to get his truck back from Shido. Jack and Winona face the Alpha Group and a horde of bodyguards at the Shido stronghold. Jack retakes the Pork-Chop Express, but now must battle his way out of Little Tokyo.
Adventures of Jack Burton: Big Trouble in Little Heaven Adventures of Jack Burton: The Jack is Wild Adventures of Jack Burton: Death to the Deathless Adventures of Jack Burton: All-In Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Trouble in Little China
"Big Trouble in Little Heaven" "The Jack is Wild" "Death to the Deathless" "All-In" "Old Trouble in Little China"
Big Trouble in Little China #17 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #18 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #19 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #20 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #21 (BOOM! Studios)
Jack and his friends track Eddie to a sorcerers convention in China. Jack plays a high stakes game of poker for the souls of himself and his friends. Jack squares off against Harry Potter; the Chi sisters bond. Our heroes' showdown with Koschei! Jack and Winona find themselves stuck in Chinatown of 1906.
Adventures of Jack Burton: The Company You Keep Adventures of Jack Burton: Bad Weather Comin' Adventures of Jack Burton: Shake, Rattle, and Roll Adventures of Jack Burton: Second Beginning Jack Burton/Snake Plissen: Snake's World
"The Company You Keep" "Bad Weather Comin'" "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" "Second Beginning" "Snake's World"
Big Trouble in Little China  #22 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China  #23 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China  #24 (BOOM! Studios) Big Trouble in Little China #25 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1
While Winona continues to try to find a way back to their own time, Jack gives up and heads for a bar. The day of the great San Francisco earthquake arrives. Egg Shen's showdown with his former friend, Lo Pan, in 1906! Jack is back in 1986...just in time to relive his battle with Lo Pan! The Pork-Chop Express is sucked into a dimensional portal and Jack Burton winds up in an alternate future reality where he meets his lookalike...Snake Plissken!
Weird Mojo Jack Burton/Snake Plissken: No One Here But Us Snakes Jack Burton/Snake Plissken: Standing at the Crossroad Jack Burton/Snake Plissken: The Greatest Snake Plissken in the Multiverse Jack Burton/Snake Plissken: I Don't Even Know Myself
"Weird Mojo" "No One Here But Us Snakes" "Standing at the Crossroad" "The Greatest Snake Plissken in the Multiverse" "I Don't Even Know Myself"
Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #2 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #3 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #4 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York#5 Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #6
Jack and Snake team up to rescue the refugees of the Federal Culture Bunker. Jack and Snake face off against a plethora of parallel Plisskens! Snake reluctantly rescues Jack from the other Snakes and Hauk shows his true colors. Hauk presents the magic guitar to the lead guitarist of the United States Police Force Band. Jack Burton and Snake Plissken in the final showdown against the forces arrayed against them!
Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 1) Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 2) Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 3) Adventures of Jack Burton: Old Man Jack (Part 4)  
"Old Man Jack"
Part 1
"Old Man Jack"
Part 2
"Old Man Jack"
Part 3
"Old Man Jack"
Part 4
 
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #2 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #3 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #5
In the year 2020, a 60-year old Jack Burton is living a protected life after Earth has been transformed by the demonic Ching Dai. Lo Pan seeks Jack's help to save the world. Jack is confronted by the mistakes of his past. Jack is confronted by the Beast. Old Man Jack
Part 5
         
         
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #6 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #7 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #8 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #9 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #10
Old Man Jack
Part 6
Old Man Jack
Part 7
Old Man Jack
Part 8
Old Man Jack
Part 9
Old Man Jack
Part 10
         
         
Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #11 Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #12      
Old Man Jack
Part 11
Old Man Jack
Part 12