Friday, April 10, 2009

Gratis Violence

Friday Comic Book Day.

Pat Morisi is best known among American collectors as the artist PAm, who drew his stories in the sixties and seventies for Charlton, a company that didn't pay it's artist a lot but let them do whatever they wanted in return. They always attracted the most idiosyncretic artists, including Steve Ditko. Morisi signed his stories PAM, because he had a day job as a cop ad didn't want to give the mpression he didn't give his all for The Job. He had tried to be a full-time artist in the forties and early fifties, sharing a studio and some jobs with George Tuska. Tuska moved into newspaper strips, when things got rough in the comics industry. But Morisi looked for a steadier job and kept on drawing comics in his spare time.

Like Tuska, he has a style that is derived from Milton Caniff - but much simpler. Morisi couldn't or wouldn' use the brush in the same way as Caniff and his imitators, which resulted in a much stffer style. But man oh man what he did with it.

Fellow Dutch collector Ramon Schenk is a Morisi enthousiast and inprired me to share this story from Comic Media's Dynamite. The hero of the book was Morisi's Johnny Dynamite, but he (and Don Heck, who started out for this company) also drew other short stories like this one

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