Thursday, 20 December 2012

Sienkiewicz' Santa

Comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz is renowned for his groundbreaking graphic work on edgy titles such as Stray Toasters, Elektra Assassin and Voodoo Child. Even the man who brought us these dark visions is not immune to the festive season however, as evidenced by his work on the storybook Santa: My Life & Times from 1998.

Below are just a few of the illustrations featured in the book. He's obviously reigned in his style to some degree to suit the audience but his mixed media approach still provides us with some luminous, at time almost vision-like work.

The book seems to be out of print but it's still possible to pick up a good second hand copy from the usual online suspects or a second-hand book store.

Happy Christmas!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Paul Slater's A traveller's Christmas

Below are just a few of the illustrations provided by the magnificent Paul Slater for the Folio Society's A Traveller's Christmas. I've long been a fan of Mr Slater's editorial illustrations and covers, so was really pleased to track this down.

All above illustrations copyright Paul Slater

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Cult of Dark Knight Rises.

The recent DVD/Blu-ray release of the Dark Knight Rises reminded me of how I'd been struck by similarities between some of the shots in the film's trailer and artwork from Bernie Wrightson and Jim Starlin's Batman comic series The Cult. I started wondering if perhaps the plot of DKR was going to follow that of Cult pretty closely, with the character of Bane possibly standing in for Cult's villain Deacon Blackfire.

As it turned out this wasn't to be the case, but there are enough similarities in the plot and visuals to suggest that either Goyer or the Nolan brothers were under the influence of The Cult.

The Sewer hideout - both Blackfire and Bane are based beneath the streets of Gotham...

In both stories the sewers are used to spring a trap, on the army in Cult and the Police in DKR...

Batman visits a hospitalized Jim Gordon....

The villains hang the bodies of their victims in public...

Batman wields a non-lethal gun, the EMP rifle in DKR and the tranquilizer gun in Cult...

Batman takes back the city with the aid of a new hi-tech vehicle...