The Snake Plissken Chronicles
"Escape to New York"
Escape from New York #9 (BOOM Studios)
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Šimić
Colorist: Marissa Louise
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover A: Jason Copland
Snake returns to New York in order to break
into the prison.
After his escape from Siberia and picking
up a motorcycle in Alaska, Snake rides through Canada and shares
at a bar
with some old army buddies who've fled the U.S. But the
former president's men manage to track Snake there and blow the
place up with an RPG launcher and then machine gun it to get him. As
the men leave the rubble behind them, reporting Snake dead, the
man himself emerges from the wreckage, his friends dead. He
says, "Okay, Mr. President. You want a war?"
Snake rides to New York where the former
president has been incarcerated after his impeachment. On the
shore looking out at Manhattan Island, Snake finds a daredevil
setting up his launching ramp and rocket car to attempt a
spectacular jump into the island prison. Instead, Snake steals
the car and makes the jump himself.
Inside, Snake helps a woman being held by
the Broadway crazies escape and she tells him there is a new
Duke in town. When he finally sees the Duke at a rally in Times
Square, he sees that it is the former president.
CONTINUED IN ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
The issues of this series do not have published individual
titles assigned to them. I assigned the title
"Escape to New York" to this issue based on the "next
issue" blurb at the end of the previous issue.
Characters appearing in this
Tom (radio personality)
Ed (dies in this issue)
The Duke of New York (former President
Snake's former army friend, Parker, wears what appears to be a
New York Yankees baseball cap.
On page 4, the radio talk show host refers to former president
Harker as "Ex-President Benedict Arnold".
Benedict Arnold was an American general during the Revolutionary
War who defected to the British. In the U.S. his name is
virtually synonymous with "traitor" or "treason".
In panel 5 of page 4, the radio station Snake is listening to
identifies itself as New York's last remaining radio station,
WFMU. WFMU is
a real world community-supported radio station in Jersey City,
When a couple of his fans approach him at the lookout view of
New York City, asking, "You're Snake, right? Snake Plissken?"
Snake responds, "I heard he was dead."
On page 5, Snake's fans tells him they followed him since he
robbed the depository. This is a reference to the events of
"The Bank Robbery".
On page 6, the Snake fans tell him they're truth-seekers about
cover-ups, conspiracies, and unearthly events. They're also
skeptical of the stories from Florida of magic twins and nukes;
this is a reference to events in
"Don't Let a Snake into the House".
Snake tells the star-spangled daredevil character of
Suicide Gorchnik that he saw him on TV as a kid. Suicide
responds he jumped the St. Lawrence, Mount Rushmore, and the
Grand Canyon and had his own action figure. "St. Lawrence"
refers to the St. Lawrence River, which flows out of Lake
Ontario northeast along the border of New York and Canada and
through Canada to empty into the Atlantic Ocean.
is a gigantic granite sculpture, in the rock of the mountain
called Mt. Rushmore, of four of what have been considered
America's greatest presidents, George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The
in Arizona is one of the world's largest canyons.
Suicide Gorchnik seems to be loosely based on Evel Knievel
(1938-2007), an American stunt performer who wore red-white-and-blue costumes and performed spectacular stunts using
motorcycles, cars, and even a steam powered rocket, attempting
to jump Snake River Canyon and often discussed jumping the Grand
Canyon; he also had his own action figure in the 1970s.
Inside the New York prison on page 13, Viola tells Ed they
shouldn't have gone down Broadway.
Broadway is a road running through Manhattan (famous for passing
through the theater district). In
Escape from New York,
Maggie also warned Brain and Snake about driving down Broadway,
where they run into trouble with a bunch of crazies.
On page 14, the leader of the crazies begins to count, "Eeny,
Meeny, Miney--". This is from the children's counting rhyme
"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe", variations of which have existed since
at least the early 19th Century.
When Viola tells Snake he should go see the Duke, Snake says, "I
would if he wasn't dead on the 69th Street bridge." The Duke of
New York was shot to death with a machine gun by President
Harker on the 69th Street bridge in
Escape from New York.
Snake learns there is a new Duke of New York now, who turns out
to be the former president.
On page 18, Viola tells Snake that the new Duke is the best
friend the bourgie folks ever had. "Bourgie"
is a derogatory shorthand term for "bourgeoisie", members of the
upper middle class in the social strata.
In panel 3 of page 18, Snake and Viola walking
through a pile of old automobiles in the street outside the
subway. The following issue reveals that the new Duke has had
bulldozers brought in which his recruited prisoners have used to
push the old wrecks around to form blockades in various places
throughout the city. Notice also that the ground
there is crawling with rats.
Viola tells Snake that the Duke and his people live and stay in
the midtown district of Manhattan. Midtown is Manhattan's
central business district, where many of its most famous
landmarks, buildings, and businesses reside.
The Duke holds rallies every other day in Times Square.
Times Square is a major intersection in
Manhattan known for it's huge and colorful ad displays and has
become a symbol of New York also known as the Crossroads of the
In his role as the new Duke, Harker appears to be wearing the
same clothes the old Duke wore in
Escape from New York.
He must have gone back to the 69th Street bridge and taken them
from the Duke's body (or had someone do it for him). He also
seems to be wearing a blond wig, for he did not have long hair
before; perhaps he was inspired by the wig Romero had put on him
when he was a captive of the old Duke, also in
Escape from New York?
When Snake recognizes the new Duke and tells Soto and Joe,
"That's not the Duke," they ask, "Who the hell do you think it
is then? Santa Claus?" Santa, of course,
is the folkloric figure who brings gifts to children around the
world on Christmas Eve.
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