Author Archives: jh318

look and learn artist profiles

when pressed to do so by their readers the editorial staff at look & learn published short profiles of some of their artists on the letters page   it’s an odd experience to see photos of great commercial artists who … Continue reading

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robert crumb may be a very odd sort of feminist

he has a very odd way of not being racist by producing absolutely hideous caricatures of ethnic africans, so maybe he’s doing the same with his depictions of the female form crumb’s racist images (see ooga booga) are consciously designed … Continue reading

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recent interest in UK girls’ comics

this started a few years ago now when someone must have noticed that titles like princess tina had the widest range of different styles of artwork you will find anywhere. the scripts were often terrible – either underestimating the intelligence … Continue reading

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free golden age comics

it turns out that much of the material produced in the 40s by publishers which are no longer trading (fiction house, etc) is now out of copyright. there are a couple of websites which host shedloads of free scans of … Continue reading

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continued next week – the art of the cliff hanger

any comic book scriptwriter knows how to organise suspense by leaving a story at a point when the hero falls off a cliff at the end of episode one + picking it up again when he lands safely on a … Continue reading

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diagnosing authors from symptoms read in their work

guessing what a writer was suffering from at the time they wrote something by reading between the lines of what they’ve written sounds about as scientific as trying to tell if someone is gay by looking at their hair style. … Continue reading

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the curse of terrible inking in the silver age

this follows on from two topics covered earlier on this site on the subjects of painting over pencil artwork + changing what it originally would have communicated to the reader, + how a different artist can destroy someone’s great pencils … Continue reading

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