Thursday, October 06, 2011

Crime Analysis

Friday Comic Book Day.

Yesterday's post tackled the problem of art spotting. Here's a story from The Informer #3 which I would normally attribute to Mike Sekowsky. Sekeowsky was a very quick artist who worked for a number of publishers, as well as assisting on several newspaper strips in the fifties before ending up at DC. He always worked with an inker, which is probably why he could work so fast. But to me his figures, especially the way the chin always seems to recede on some of his characters (as if he looked in the mirror for expressions, but forgot to account for the fact that his forehead was closer to the mirror than his chin) always stands out to me. Still, even I sometimes think 'how could he do so much'. After that are two stories by Bill Walton for a later issue of Crime and Punishment from the midfifties, which have a lot in common with the Informer pages. It has been said that Bill Walton could have been one of Sekowsky's regular inkers, but this work seems to indicate a much closer connection.


The Seditionist said...

You lost me here. You *doubt* Sekowsky did Operation Kids? Every panel looks like pure late Sekowsky. (His modern/late/Silver Age style started somewhere in the early/mid-50s).

Ger Apeldoorn said...

No, my main guess still is that sekowsky did this. He worked on other Sterling titles as well. I am less sure how much he did, but I jus can't tell anymore. The inking does not look like Walton's, but some of the faces and pencilling does. It's almost as if Walton was working from Sekowsky lay-outs and someone else inked.