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some Daredevil artwork by John Romita, Jr. and Al Williamson.
John Romita Jr. and Al Williamson, the perfect visual partnership, were perfectly paired with the material from this run, written by Ann Nocenti. As much as Frank Miller and Klaus Janson and others brought to the table before them, and as much as folks like Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev and Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have brought to it more recently, it’s really the Nocenti-Romita-Williamson run that represents not only the full potential of what a Daredevil story or superhero story can be, but what a fully creatively realized comic book can be.
Artists sometimes struggle to make relatively straight lines freehand. A trick you might try is to completely lock the wrist and fingers, and instead, rotate your arm only at the elbow. You’ll quickly find that there’s a diagonal area that averages out to a mostly straight line with a very slight curve, just spin the drawing around until the placement of the line matches up with the movement of your arm. Once you get used to it, try bending the wrist in and out sightly while you draw that line, and if done properly, you can actually remove the very slight curve and straighten out that line. It won’t ever be a 100% perfect line, but a hand drawn line is fast, convenient, and I tend to prefer them over perfectly ruled lines because each and every one has a bit of character and originality to it.
Flawless work from the ever brilliant Mœbius.
Voyage d’ Hermes Jean “Mœbius” Giraud
Jean Henri Gaston Giraud was a French artist, cartoonist and writer who worked in the Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées tradition. Giraud garnered worldwide acclaim predominantly under the pseudonym Mœbius and to a lesser extent Gir, which he used for the Blueberry series and his paintings. His most famous works include the series Blueberry, created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, featuring one of the first anti-heroes in Western comics. As Mœbius he created a wide range of science fiction and fantasy comics in a highly imaginative, surreal, almost abstract style. Mœbius also contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, such asAlien, Tron, The Fifth Element and The Abyss.
Wrap up a great year with a healthy dose of Mœbius.
Here’s a look at Alberto Breccia, an “artist’s artist” in that he’s a favorite of just about every comic artist working in the industry today, but many fans don’t know much about him.
Do yourself a favor, hop on Amazon and grab some of Breccia’s work. It can be tough to find translations, (and a fair warning, there are plenty of bad reproductions out there to avoid). Hopefully someone like IDW Publishing will jump in and start cranking out high quality reprints.