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Friday, June 22, 2007

STEVE RUDE: THE MOTH

I liiiike Steve Rude's stuff...






He's not just a Kirby Kopyist - tho he wears his influences on his sleeve (Jack King - LOL!) - he very much has his own style: it's more rounded, curvier than Kirby's...you can see it in the way his characters walk; they're kinda bow-legged, but that works w/in the conventions of comic-book art...I've always seen his style as a sort of hybrid of Kirby and Ditko, tho it looks nothing like any of the stuff produced on the few occasions that Ditko inked Kirby (early issues of The Hulk, for example)...Ditko's inking can look kinda, well, inky...there's a feathered splodginess to some of his ink-work; I guess he used a brush and sometimes the ink would pile up into tiny lumps, accreted layers of residue - you also see it sometimes in the inking of Klaus Jansen, or Joe Rubenstein...

Nah, Rude's line-work is silky smooth - it's almost clear-line work, very lean and European-looking (if it wasn't for his occasional use of blocks of black, you could almost see him drawing some sort of post-Tintin thing), but shot through with a very American, Kirbyesque sense of dynamics, tho his postures are more curvaceous, more feminine, as if he sees his poses and perspectives in terms of invisible curves and ellipses...

Anyway, I do like his stuff: his take on Thor was gorgeous, as was his New Gods/Mister Miracle one-shot. I haven't got round to buying The Moth, but, after a casual peek, it looks like his least Kirbyish work thus far...

2 Comments:

At 10:05 pm, Blogger doppelganger said...

Beautiful stuff - was a day behind you on postin' that one... there's more than a hint of Mike Allred in there ain't there?

 
At 11:02 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Funny you should mention Allred - that's just what I was thinking when I posted this...but Allred's another self-confessed Kirby worshipper...

 

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