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Yes I can't stand Romita's visual style, but I will admit his layout composition is excellent. Of course he was scripting Spiderman stories with his dad on fishing trips when he was a kid. So he has a little experience. I just don't like the big bulky look of his work. His hero figures always, no matter who, look like apes to me. I don't think he knows how to draw someone in normal average proportion even his regular joes look adnormally big and bulky. I mean he's one of the few people I know who can make Daredevil look bulky. I think my opinion of Silvestri is mainly based on his personallity he like McFarlane has always struck me as being an asshole. I say this having stood in line with my friends while they got their Silvestri stuff signed by him so it's based on personal experience and is not entirely a vicarious opinion. I happen to feel the same way about the one trick pony Jimmy O' Barr. Going back to the whole Romita and his bulky look, I will amend my last bad Marvel artist choice with Frank Miller for much the same reason as Romita Jr.

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I will amend my last bad Marvel artist choice with Frank Miller

 

You have got to be shitting me.

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Entirely understandable though if he doesn't like JRJr. Both he and Miller draw "blocky" figures. I'm reading 300 right now, and a lot of the artwork reminds me of JRJr.

 

As far as Silverstri goes, there are some things he's done that I absolutely love (like Here Comes Tomorrow) and there are more than a few things that I cannot stand (The Darkness). I guess what I'm saying is that he's hit-or-miss for me.

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Don't get me wrong. I love his writing, except on anything with Batman as of late, but I think he's just trying to get DC to stop asking him to do it. I just don't like that style of art. I can't say they aren't good, it's just my personal taste.

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... when it comes to page layout, panel composition, sequential storytelling, choreography and the like - the really important stuff, in other words - he's one of the best in the business.

True. He's like the Steve Dillon of superhero comics — except Dillon can draw human faces. Well, a face, anyway. :)

 

Marvel once published the character style guides they supply to artists working on Spider-Man titles. Farcically, they'd got JR Jr to draw them. So Peter Parker was heavily built and had a generic cartoony face. It was useless as a character guide, and the absurdity of it was apparently lost on Marvel. I'll see if I can track it down and post it here, although I might have sold the comic in question when I disposed of my collection last year.

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True. He's like the Steve Dillon of superhero comics — except Dillon can draw human faces. Well, a face, anyway. :)

 

Yep - kidding aside, that's quite a good comparison. The fact that I really don't like Dillon's work all that much doesn't mean I can't recognize that he's absolutely brilliant at what he does - give him a script requiring a dozen pages of nothing but talking-heads, and he'll find the perfect way to make the pages dynamic and interesting to look at, every time. When it comes to subtle facial expressions and panel-to-panel flow, he's a master...even if all his characters do look the same.

 

Romita jr's the same with action sequences. His faces/figures tend to be pretty interchangeable, and he doesn't usually set great store in subtle emotional 'acting' from his characters, but his grasp of pacing, choreography and body language is superlative - which, I'd argue, makes him a near-perfect artist for the sort of comics he generally illustrates. I wouldn't want to see him do a book like Hellblazer - but then, I wouldn't want Dillon on Wolverine, either.

 

Hey, hang on...

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Perhaps they could have Dillon go over Romita's pencils redrawing the faces?

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It'd be more efficient to get Dillon to just draw one face; then Leo Manco could photocopy it a few times and paste it over JR Jr's pencils.

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Oh, Manco doesn't photocopy faces. Just cityscapes, cigarette packs, drinks, and the occasional burger.

 

For copy/paste photos, you want to get yourself some Greg Land. Provided the photos you want are porn stills, of course.

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For copy/paste photos, you want to get yourself some Greg Land. Provided the photos you want are porn stills, of course.

It's a bit of a shame (given their similarity in approach) that Land has a comics career and Rik Rawling just gets to do the occasional cover for a compilation CD these days. Rawling swipes from much better porn.

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