Monday, 24 October 2011

WHEN SUPERMAN WAS A BUDDING SLAPHEAD - (WELL, ALMOST)...



Over on JIM SHOOTER's excellent blog (http://www.jimshooter.com/),
there's currently a discussion on the merits of VINCE COLLETTA's inking
and the reasons why JACK KIRBY's SUPERMAN heads were redrawn. To
me it's always seemed obvious that at least one of the reasons was that Jack
couldn't render ol' Supes' kiss-curl very well, often making his hair look like
a comb-over to hide a receding hairline. (Or an ill-fitting toupee.)

Don't believe me? Take a look at the stat of the pencilled pic below and
judge for yourself. The words 'ARTHUR SCARGILL' spring to mind. (Or
even 'ISAIAH' - 'cos one 'eyes's higher' than the other. Boom-boom!)
 

3 comments:

Don Hudson said...

The Jack Kirby Collector featured a bunch of before and after pencil shots. With Kirby inked by all kinds of artists, from Colletta to Romita with mixed results I think.

Kid said...

I must keep an eye out for it next time I'm browsing through my back issues of JKC. Thanks Don.

Martin Gray said...

Fascinating, never seen a Before pic like this. Suddenly I feel kinder towards the DC editors of the time.