Friday, January 15, 2010

Two Fisted Guns

Friday Comic Book Extra.

Of all artists that are rediscovered now that more and more comics from the fifties are made available (in scan or reprint form), George Tuska is one of the most powefull. He is best known for his work as an inker and sometimes penciller for Stan Lee in the sixties and is a way for his work as one of the major artists for DC's newspaper strip projects. But all of these display his talent as a chameleon, a very adaptive artist without much of a style of his own. Older fans also know about his work in the forties as the major artist for Lev Gleason's succeful crime series. But it is in the fifties that he found his form as an artist, fleshing out his style with bolder brushstrokes and depending on his excellent sense of design to create memorable comic book pages. It didn't hurt that he had a great sense of humor as ell, sometimes even adding a satirical edge to his characters. I have loads and loads of uknown stuff in my archives, including many samples of his newspaper strip efforts of the late fifties and early sixties, Secret Agent X-9 and Buck Rogers. I hope to be sharng more of those, including the only redrawn story I have ever seen from Timely/Atlas. This rather unremarkable western story is from Two-Gun Kid #11 (1953) and all that makes it special is Tuska's impressive art work.

2 comments: said...

Y'know, it's good that Satan and the Black Rider escaped, but Satan would have had an even better chance of making that jump if he'd not had the Black Rider on his back. I'm thinkin' that Doc Masters jes' ain't as heroic as he might be.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I am still wondering how a judge could hear testemony from a masked man. He could just as easily condemn the man because he has a crooked smile. Fortunatel, the villian and his friend pll the guns they were allowed to bring into the courtroom and have to be killed by the masked man - saving the judge the trouble of having to decide on a verdict.