Summer Movie Super-Heroes

The area inside the frame is approximately how it’ll print.

Here’s the uncropped artwork for this week’s TimeOut entertainment tabloid. It was a busy couple of days in the newsroom while I worked on this — as you might imagine (thanks a lot Navy Seals!) — and a few hours before it was due, I had doubts about getting it finished. But you know what? I made quick work of it and had some time to spare.

Maybe I should have gone back and polished it up a little. Eh, I like the roughness.

It sounds like “Thor” is going to be pretty good. Contra Costa Times graphic novel reviewer Randy Myers liked it a lot. I can’t think of a time I’ve disagreed with his comics appraisals, so I’m betting I’ll dig it when I get around to it.

I confess that I avoid comics movies. I have a hard time warming up to modern visions of the stuff I enjoyed as a kid. I fear that I’ll be disappointed if the Thor movie doesn’t look like it was drawn by Jack Kirby or Walter Simonson. But that’s just me. I hope it does well and everyone enjoys it so much that they go out and buy the gigantic collected edition of Simonson’s work from the 80s. Hopefully it will be heaviest book ever to reach #1 on the NY Times’ book list.

What I’ve seen of Cap and Green Lantern looks okay, if I let go a little. I’m not a big GL fan by any stretch, but I loved the Gil Kane artwork in the old reprints. Cap? It’s Kirby or bust, for me. Well, Englehart and Sal Buscema had a bunch of good stuff. And those issues drawn by Frank Robbins are more than awesome. And Byrne did a good Cap back in the late 70s. Geez, I think I’m old.

The End

See full post here: Jeff Durham2011-05-06.