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Tuesday, 18 April 2017
THE SILVER SURFER GRAPHIC NOVEL BY STAN LEE & JOHN BUSCEMA...
As all true Marvelites know, The SILVER SURFER
had his own mag in the '60s which ran for 18 issues, the first
17 being illustrated by JOHN BUSCEMA. However, there's a
'sort of' 18th ish he got to do (with STAN LEE), in the form of
the 1988 hardback graphic novel, which had one large panel per
page. As you'd expect from Big John, he delivered a superbly-
drawn adventure, and this is one book that should be on the
shelves of every dyed-in-the-wool Silver Surfer fan.
When JACK KIRBY first introduced NORRIN RADD
into the pages of The FANTASTIC FOUR, he imbued him
with a strange, other-worldly quality that suited the character
to a 't'. He drew him in a fluid way, that captured perfectly the
manner in which surfers 'bob and weave' on the waves. Within
a very short time 'though, Jack's figurework had become much
more blocky and static (maybe because of a reduction in size
of the artboards he drew on), which is probably why Stan
decided to give the Surfer's regular mag to Buscema.
One only has to look at the 18th and final issue of the
Surfer's own mag (which Jack illustrated) to see the wisdom
of Stan's decision. In contrast to Jack's Surfer, John's version
is lithe, fluid, and flexible, and has an innate nobility that was no
longer evident in Jack's rendition of the silvery one. You might
disagree with my assessment, but I have persuasive proof of it.
What's that you say? Show you? Okay then, I will. I now
present the following exhibits for your consideration.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, April 18, 2017