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The Windup

This morning we have a real treat for those of you who may have missed it in the print edition of the Journal a few years back (and also for those of you who haven’t reread it for a while, for that matter): Gary Groth’s 2006 evisceration of Eisner/Miller, a classic of the form.

Kevin Huizenga goes Santoro on us, and lets everyone in on the process he’s developed over the years to help him lay out his comics. Very nice.

Over at Nerve, Grace Bello wrangles sex advice out of cartoonists Emily Flake, Rick Altergott, and Anders Nilsen. Very strange.

The A.V. Club has a nice if short interview with Mad legend Jack Davis.

The gang at Mindless Ones have thrown together a long, conversational group review of ten million comics, ostensibly focusing on DC’s New 52 titles, but in effect covering just about everything.

Eddie Campbell continues his exploration of romance comics, this time including a look at EC’s attempts at the genre. I have to object to his description of Al Feldstein’s art though. “Wooden” I’ll grant, but “charmless”? There’s something very comfortable and calming about Feldstein’s work, as if it was drawn by an old friend who makes up with energy what he lacks in craft. (I can’t believe I’m defending Al Feldstein.)


9 Responses to The Windup

  1. Sorry, this was supposed to be a reply under Patrick Ford’s comment.

  2. Kurtzman actually did parody a Feldstein story. Have you read Mad #11′s Murder the Story? It has the same art as the original comic that ran in Crime SuspenStories but the dialogue is changed. Hilarious stuff.

  3. patrick ford says:

    I could see defending Feldstein’s art. It certainly doesn’t lack craft. In a fantasy pinch Charles Burns could ask the circa 1951 Feldstein to ink a few pages in order to meet a tight deadline.

    On the other hand Feldstein’s writing can’t be defended.

  4. Eddie campbell says:

    ‘wooden and charmless’ doesn’t mean i don’t like it, by the way. It didn’t occur to me to say that. I kind of presumed we all like Feldstein while accepting that he’s wooden and charmelss.

  5. Eddie campbell says:

    I’ll even defend his wooden and charmless writing!

  6. Tim Hodler says:

    I’ve been thinking about it, and have come to the conclusion that you’re right after all: “charmless” probably is the right word. If Feldstein’s drawing was embodied by an actor, it would be a lot closer to Elisha Cook, Jr. than Cary Grant. And just because I love Elisha Cook, Jr., it doesn’t mean he’s charming. I was getting two different categories confused.

  7. patrick ford says:

    Long winded is what Feldstein’s writing is. It’s like a parody of bad pulp magazine writing.

    If Kurtzman were to parody a Feldstein written E.C. story the block of text at the top of the panel would be twice as big and the Crypt Keeper would be crushed at the bottom of the panel oozing popped organs.

  8. Eddie campbell says:

    ah yes. Cook- the nervous ‘gunsel’ in the Maltese Falcon. We relish his appearance in many a fine movie, but the word ‘charmng’ would never apply. With Feldstein there’s a persistent earnestness that wins out attention. With Sheldon Moldoff, another wooden and charmless artist, it’s a primitive and unpretentious simplicity. And so on.

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