Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tom Gill, Lone Ranger 63, pg 17

This is one of my recent acquisitions. It is page 17 of Lone Ranger #63, published by Dell Comics in August 1953. It was drawn by Tom Gill (1913-2005) who drew the series from #38 (Aug. 1951) to #145 (July 1962).

I purchased it primarily because of panel 5, which would (and possibly will) make a cool poster.

But I also like the design of the character “Pop”. This is the sort of idiosyncratic character one didn't/doesn’t see enough of in mainstream comics, and it's specificity gives the page a sense of reality . Dig his outfit’s festive patterning, his paunch and potato nose. I can imagine him voiced by Sterling Holloway, if it were an animated cartoon. 

I like the spacial exaggeration in panels 1 and 2, and the posing of Pop in panels 1, 2 and 4. Panel 3, however, really sucks. The arrow piercing the metal bucket doesn’t read, the ladder and burning barn have magically vanished with only a perfunctory, rather symbolic depiction of flame and smoke. I say thee, “LAME!”.

1 comment:

Mike Lynch said...

Just came across this. What a beautiful page. Tom Gill was a friend, and we both ran the National Cartoonists Society's Berndt Toast Gang in the early 2000s. He was a great guy and a font of knowledge. So good to see someone who appreciates his work! Do you have his book? Great stories.

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