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Apr 29 17 2:23 AM
Irony and subtly are the first casualties
in the eternal battle of wits between people divided by a common language. So read between the lines or you'll fall through the cracks...
....Quoting other people is no substitute for thinking for yourself...
Apr 29 17 10:07 AM
Apr 29 17 10:22 AM
deejayway wrote:As I stated elsewhere, I don't think the KR GN is a particularly strong offering from Craig as his style was in transition and it is neither fish nor fowl.
I see what you mean, the art was a bit to simplistic for Craig own style, even a bit schematic so to speak, however I think Craig
was working on larger GN sized pages and 68 of them, and perhaps it was a bit of a challenge to fill them all up in a set amount
of time, in fact Killraven GN could be counted as Marvel first attempt to a decompressed story.
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Apr 30 17 9:18 AM
themouseholecat wrote:As alluded to in the interview above, Killraven: Last Dreams Broken was originally planned to be serialised in Epic Illustrated (in 4 chapters), but ended up being published as part of Marvel's line of original Graphic Novels.
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May 5 17 6:16 AM
Alan wrote:I am SO glad those Trimpe books were not available in the U.K., and I got on board when Russell did. I would have given up before he started!
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May 5 17 9:05 AM
Taylor wrote:Alan wrote:I am SO glad those Trimpe books were not available in the U.K., and I got on board when Russell did. I would have given up before he started!
Early WotW was available in the UK, I remember reading the Neal Adams issues (definitely a kinky 70s vibe).
Then some genius at Marvel UK decided to fill in POTA with redrawn Trimpe Killraven. Even the name of the strip was offensive.
May 5 17 9:32 PM
May 5 17 9:41 PM
deejayway wrote:If you look at the thought, detail, blood, sweet and tears Craig poured into his work, it is awe-inspiring.
As a kid though, all I thought was, why can't these primadonnas like Smith, Russell, Adams, Gulacy, et al manage to do a regular comic?
How hard could it be, right?
Oh, how often have I lamented, if only the industry had had slightly more enlightened business and printing practices at the time, some of the masters might've stayed longer and we wouldn't have had such a long litany of mangled masterpieces due to missed deadlines and incompatible inkers.
I don't thnk there is a single long run by one of trailblazers at the time that wasn't disrupted by fill-in, missed deadlines and crappy inks.
Smith on Conan.
Gulacy on MoKF.
Russell on WoW.
Ploog on WbN.
The one big exception is Wrigthson on Swamp Thing, but that was bi-monthly and he 'only' did 10 issues.
I think you nailed it with mention of the bi-monthly status of Wrightson Swamp Thing.
I'm pretty sure that most of the guys you listed would have been much better served had they been blessed with a bi-monthly schedule. Windsor-Smith, P. Craig Russell and the others you mentioned did such finely detailed and lush illustrative art that a keeping up with a grinding monthly deadline must have been damn hard. These guys need the time to be at their best. None of those guys are natural cartoonists, or even a Kirby type, whose work is more conducive to rapid "production."
If you look at how artists of their ilk are doing it today, it is by having pre-scheduled fil-in artists, or otherwise taking monthly or more hiatuses (as in the case of many Image titles) to allow the artists to catch up without resorting to reprint or fill-ins.
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