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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Snake Plissken Chronicles: Don't Let a Snake into the House The Snake Plissken Chronicles
"Don't Let a Snake into the House"
Escape from New York #4 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Declan Shalvey
March 2015


Snake orchestrates the fall of the Free Republic of Florida.


Story Summary


Snake and Curtis escape from the training camp as the U.S. forces attack Florida. But Snake goes back into the fray for some poetic justice against the Twins and Meemaw. He tricks the Twins into blowing the nukes, which he has planted into the decoy ground missiles, blowing an artificial strait through the Florida peninsula, turning it into an island. After a brawl, Snake takes down Meemaw and then let's the Twins go because they're just stupid kids.


With Meemaw out of commission and their own forces turned against them, the two young boys are forced to call their parents to ask for a ride home, swearing they will never do it again. Meanwhile, Snake steals a jet boat from a marina to make his getaway complete, but is intercepted by a ship and is knocked out. When he awakens in a narrow cargo hold, he finds his hands are tied behind him and two USPF officers tell him the former president hasn't forgotten his betrayal. They strap a parachute to him and toss him out the door...they are not at sea, but in a plane over the territory of Siberia!




Notes from the Snake Plissken chronology


This issue takes place on Friday, October 31, 1997 (which is Halloween, though no mention of that is made in this issue or the previous). Snake is captured by the USPF near the end of the issue and awakens aboard an airplane before being dumped out the hatch over Siberia; it's unclear how much time as passed from his capture to that point, though it is presumably the same day or the next day. Judging from the lighting conditions in the following issue ("Siberia Bob"), it is the wee hours of Saturday, November 1.


Didja Know?


The issues of this series do not have published individual titles assigned to them. I assigned the title "Don't Let a Snake into the House" based on a line of dialog by Meemaw in this issue. 




Characters appearing in this issue


Snake Plissken


Romulus and Remus (the Twins)





Didja Notice?


On page 2, panel 1, several toys are seen in the mansion as the Twins prepare for battle: a He-Man action figure, an Atari 2600 video game system, a Simon electronic game, and what may be a Space Invaders arcade game console.


On page 3, Snake is wearing his old outfit again, but it's not revealed how he got it.


On page 4, after the Twins' limousine takes a hit from a cannon shell, Remus says, "Holy Moley, we almost died." The slightly different spelling, "Holy Moly" was first used by the super-hero character Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics #2, February 1940.


On page 10, the nukes in the ground across the width of Florida that Snake re-enabled are blown and appear to sever the peninsula of Florida from the continental United States, allowing the sea to fill in the gap and making the former state an island.


On page 11, Romulus begins singing the lyrics, "Nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah nah, hey heyyyy--" before being cut off by Meemaw. The words are from the 1969 song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam.


The phone booth the Twins use to call their parents has graffiti on it reading "Superman was here!" In comic books, comic strips, films, and television, Superman was once commonly shown to discard his civilian clothes to reveal his Superman costume in phone booths when trouble reared its head.


Page 18 reveals that the Twins' real names are Ryan (Remus) and Brian (Romulus).


As Snake swims across the newly-created strait from Florida to the mainland, he clenches a pack of cigarettes in his teeth to keep them dry! Gotta have your priorities. The package design appears to be Marlboro.


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