Thursday, February 17, 2011

Throwback Thursday - Happy Birthday Curt Swan!

Hold up! I DO have a Throwback for today!No one... not one single illustrator EVER, not even his co-creator Joe Shuster... NO ONE will ever be THE! Superman artist. No, no one. No one will EVER come along and be THE! Superman artist. That is because there is and will only ever will be one THE! Superman artist... Curt Swan.Curt Swan began drawing Superman in the late 1940s and produced HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of memorable Superman tales, including runs on spin-off books starring Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. Back when I was a kid, we youngins appreciated our history and I read hundreds of "old" comics tales. In fact, companies reprinted classic books frequently. I devoured these classic tales and one huge factor in my enjoyment was the gorgeous, crisp renderings of Mr. Curt Swan.
While the bulk of his work was devoted to Superman and his supporting cast, he also rendered nearly every super star in DC's roster. And did a wonderful job all around!
Not as stylized as today's artists, but solid, reliable and like I said, gorgeous and clean. Just beautiful! While he's mainly known for his work from the 50s and 60s, he worked steadily at DC into the 80s and his work was often that selected for licensed merchandise of the era.
Fittingly, his last work was on the last Superman story, "Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow" chronicling the "end" of the Silver Age Superman. Sadly most of his supporting cast didn't make it... his foes either... but it showed a retired, powerless Clark Kent, married to a devoted Lois Lane, the parents of a newborn son who grabs a piece of coal and... crushes it into a diamond. It may be written off as an "imaginary" tale, but it's a touching and lovingly crafted tale that is still fondly recalled today.Highest esteem!

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