Sunday, November 24, 2019

Across A Crowded Room

Sunday Old Favorites Day.

If there is one strip that I should go back and try to make a complete post of everything I have, it is alex Kotzky's Apartment 3G. Because it started so late, I did not do a lot of scanning in the beginnen, but the last year I was able to make amends. Because I do not clip strips (all of them are precious to me) their appearance here seems a bit haphazard. Here is another bunch of them. Maybe someday I will be able to gather them together so you can read a longer portion. For now you will have to make do with th immense but haphazard number of page you can find if you follow the link.


comicstripfan said...

One is at a loss why this strip seems to get such a “short shrift” from comic art cognoscenti - Kotzky is at worst (though this is arguable) just a notch, in the illustrative style, below Starr and Drake (aside: haven’t seen the latter’s collaboration on “Kelly Green” as of yet) - though the “soap opera” themes are perhaps a factor. And the draughtmanship of the dailies is at the same level as the Sundays. (Appreciate your archiving here - and in furtherance of accuracy thereof, the strip labelled June 14, 1961 is June 18th).

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I can't change the lable, but I stand corrected. I personally never liked this over embellished style, expecially not in the hands of the Spanish artists who were inspired by the same artists Kotzky was. But if you look closer, you'll see how solid the drawing is. He is similar to Leonard Starr in figure placement and acting. And where Starr sometimes drifted into the more stilted corner, Kotzky went completely the opposite way. I have all of Kotzky's advertising strip "Duke Hazard" in the Milt Caniff style, where he actually seems to be doing better, at least as far as acting and composition goes (at least in that period, Caniff remains the master in the years before that). Bottom line: I never fail to be glad when I find another of his strips, from any period.