Thursday, January 12, 2006
I noted in yesterday's post the distinct possibility that my original Wallace Wood sketch of SALLY FORTH might actually have been done, at least in part, by Paul Kirchner. Although he did work with Wood, Kirchner has a notable, if eclectic, credit list all his own. This includes work for NATIONAL LAMPOON, HEAVY METAL and HIGH TIMES. More recently(See interview here: Paladin Press Author of the Month - Paul Kirchner) he has been writing and illustrating books on weapons and combat.
Perhaps Kirchner's best work was this little-known black and white graphic novel from 1986. MURDER BY REMOTE CONTROL was a collaboration with prolific Dutch mystery author Janwillem van de Wetering. By no means a straightforward narrative, it is a confusing philosophical story of a detective attempting to solve a murder. There are lots of symbolic splashes like the one seen here and a bizarre, sci-fi ending. Along the way, there are also a few naked ladies. I offer one of those pages here for comparison to my Sally picture. Hmmm... Could be but sure looks like Woody had SOMETHING to do with mine at least.
Kirchner's art here comes across as cold and sterile but that fits the mood of the book. Wood's influence on his style is unmistakable but I also see some Ditko influence. You could even make the argument that those symbolic splashes are Steranko-inspired. MURDER BY REMOTE CONTROL is long out of print but not too hard to find on the Web. If you're a detective fan, I can't really reccomend it but if you're a comic art fan, it's nearly a hundred pages of good art and interesting storytelling by an artist who rarely did all that much work in one place!