Aug
28
2011

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby!

Let’s celebrate with some Devil Dinosaur!

Devil Dinosaur 4 Page 23
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Devil Dinosaur 1 cover

Devil Dinosaur 2 page splash

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Is this the devil, or the Red Skull in a cheap disguise?
Ok, it's probably the devil
The Comics Reporter doesn’t say, but he does have a very comprehensive gallery of Kirby art to celebrate.

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Aug
27
2011

Nigerian movie posters

Always awesome, whether the movie is foreign or domestic.

Mission Impossible - Tom Cruise

I Hate My Village

via Reelizer

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Aug
26
2011

Felix Chevrolet

Felix Chevrolet

via Knuckle Sandwich

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Aug
26
2011

Santo con los Escarabajos!

Santo con los Escarabajos!

via The Horror at Camp Jellyjam.

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Aug
25
2011

Marie Severin – Monsters on the Prowl cover

Marie Severin - Monsters on the Prowl 13, October 1971

via Romitaman.com.

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Aug
24
2011

Nick Cardy – Ghosts 22, January 1974

Ghosts 22 cover by Nick Cardy

398px Ghosts 22

via Anthony’s Comic Book Art

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Aug
23
2011

Jack Davis – Tales from the Crypt 33, 1953

Jack Davis - Tales from the Crypt 33, 1953

Tales from the Crypt 33 published cover

via Comic Link

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Aug
22
2011

Jack Kirby – Incredible Hulk 4

Jack Kirby - Incredible Hulk 4, 1962

via Romitaman.com.

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Aug
21
2011

Inking Herb Trimpe on the Incredible Hulk

Herb Trimpe pencilled the Incredible Hulk from 1968 to 1975, which was an impressive run in those days. Over the course of 80+ issues, he had quite a few inkers, and a comparison of the art they produced over Herb’s pencils is a great example of how an inker can make or break a penciller.

First up, Dan Adkins inks Herb Trimpe in Incredible Hulk 111:

Incredible Hulk 111 - Trimpe and Adkins

Overall a nice job. The inks don’t get in the way of the action (or that great layout in the middle of the page). Adkins either leaves the inked page as good as he found the pencilled one, or enhances it.

Next up is John Severin inking Trimpe in Incredible Hulk 133 from 1970:

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Severin really puts his mark on this one. If you know him from his westerns, you’ll probably recognize him here. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He brings something to the page that most Marvels of the era didn’t have. In my opinion the best inker Trimpe had during his Hulk run.

Next is Sal Trapani in Incredible Hulk 164. This seems like the weakest page of the four on display here:

Herb Trimpe - Incredible Hulk 164 page 23, June 1973

Trapani seems to emphasize the things I like least about Trimpe. The close up of the Hulk implies that his eyelids have grown to the point that he can’t open his eyes, and the use of force lines seems a bit gratuitous. I think this is the worst combination of the four here. There’s other Trimpe here that seems much better, and I’ve found some pretty cool Trapani pieces here and here. Trapani over Trimpe isn’t horrible, but I think both would have been better served by different partners.

Last up is Jack Abel. He inked a fair number of Hulks, over both Trimpe and Sal Buscema. Abel over Trimpe always seemed like the better pairing. You can really see the stylistic change in the faces on this one:

Trimpe and Abel - IncredibleHulk 171 page 23

Abel’s inks have a more workmanlike quality. They don’t take away from the pencils, but they don’t feel like they add as much. I may be biased on Abel though, I never cared for his work over Sal Buscema, and I developed a pretty strong opinion about his inks based on that long before I saw any of his work over Trimpe. That being said, I bet he was a nice guy who rarely missed a deadline. Any love for Jack Abel out there?

So who was the best inker Herb Trimpe had on the Hulk? My vote is for Severin. If you disagree, tell me who was the best in the comments.

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Aug
21
2011

Superman loves the nanny state

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via The Persecution of Tom Peyer

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