Friday, April 14, 2017

John Prentice, Zane Grey's Stories of the West #27 (Installment 3)

The coloring on these pages is really unfortunate, frequently hiding detail under thick slabs of dark blue and green. I tried removing the color from one of the pages, and, after a rather laborious process, found the line work so decayed as to require an almost total re-draw. What is the best way to go about removing the color from old comics? Any thoughts?

That said, my favorite bits from these pages are Page 15, panels 3 and 4. 

Panel 3) The horse-and-riders are treated as silhouettes, skillfully separated by clouds of dust raised by the galloping hooves.

Panel 4) The landscape and the foreground horses are dynamically composed on converging diagonals. It helps that there is only one spot of overpowering dark color.

This is a continuation of the serialized posting of the artwork from the pages of Zane Grey’s Stories of the West #27, published by Dell Comics in  1955. It features the story “Zane Grey’s Roundup”, “A Pictured Edition of “Open Range”. In this post I present pages 11 through 15.

I am assuming the artwork presented here is by John Prentice, who took over the “Rip Kirby” syndicated newspaper strip after the creator, Alex Raymond, died in a car crash in 1956, though I can find no confirmation of that in my on-line search.

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