Saturday, October 27, 2007

Eisneresque Simon and Kirby

Here's a fascinating splash page from...well, actually, I don't recall. I scanned this some time ago. It's a fifties crime story by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, though. As all comics fans know, Simon and Kirby pioneered a number of concepts from the patriotic super hero to kid gangs to double page splashes. In their rough hewn way, they were sort of the John Ford of the comics medium. Meanwhile, Will Eisner--let's call him the Orson Welles of the medium-- was pioneering more adult stories and unique splash pages. Here, then, is a rare and unusual chance to see Simon and Kirby clearly and intentionally aping Will Eisner's techniques!

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