Sunday, 14 July 2013
SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL SELECTION: JOHNNY FUTURE BATTLES FRED FLINTSTONE'S BIG BROTHER - PART THREE...
Oh dear! Just one look at the clumsily-drawn caveman in the first panel of the above page demonstrates that even ALF, BART & COS could sometimes get it spec-tacularly wrong. What were they thinking? It's glaringly obvious the figure isn't drawn by LUIS BERMEJO, the superb artist responsible for the rest of the strip, published in FANTASTIC back in 1967.
There still seems to be some retouching of the caveman figure in places, as his appearance isn't consistent from panel to panel. It would've been nice if more skilled hands had been assigned the task, but I suppose the editorial team had to work with who they'd got in the office 'talent-pool'. I'd love to see the dodgy panels in all the episodes of this particular adventure restored to something like their original state by someone who can actually draw, but it's unlikely ever to happen unless I do it myself. (Now there's an idea!)
Bermejo's JOHNNY FUTURE really looks like he's flying in these panels, and the "You'll believe a man can fly!" line used for the 1978 SUPERMAN movie could well be applied here with equal accuracy. Never has a figure in flight in the pages of any comicbook been more convincingly portrayed, whether by SWAN, KIRBY, BUSCEMA, ADAMS - or any other artist you care to name.
Anyway, that's enough wittering from me - enjoy these classic pages of comic strip art at its very best!
Posted by Kid at Sunday, July 14, 2013