The Search for Count Dante

by alphamonkey on December 5, 2007 · 0 comments

in Comics!

Count DanteAnyone who read comics in the 70’s or early 80’s is all too familiar with Count Dante, aka the deadliest man alive, the man whose frightening visage was a common sight among the ads in our favorite cape and tights books. For but a pittance, this afro-coiffed engine of destruction would send you the only materials you’d need to master his patented street-proven fighting style, along with a membership card for the Black Dragon Fighting Society (see image). I mean, c’mon. How effin’ sweet is that?

Imagine my surprise in finding out that Count Dante (aka John Keenan) was actually the co-founder and head instructor of the United States Karate Association. Not to mention a rather successful hair stylist and salon owner. Oh yeah, and a trail-blazing racial integrator who dabbled in a little bit of explosive vengeance against rivals.

Floyd Webb knew this Chicago native was more than worthy of a big-screen look, so he’s been researching, shooting, and editing a documentary ‘The Search for Count Dante‘ for the last few years, uncovering more and more fascinating information about a man who shrouded his life in equal parts mythology and concrete accomplishment.

Webb’s hit a snag, as the current claimant to the rights of Dante’s Black Dragon Fighting Society is threatening legal action (citing copyright infringement), but otherwise the documentary is chugging along. Take a few minutes to browse through the promo site (and the excellent blog), or maybe just send a few bucks Webb’s way so we can all get a chance to explore the life of a particularly awesome individual.

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