|dr_hermes (dr_hermes) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-08-23 17:43:00
|Entry tags:||era: golden age|
Fine work by Leslie Turner
[This was posted last year but I thought it would be rewarding to study it next to the Roy Crane sample I put up yesterday. Even if your area of interest is mainly super-hero comics, it's worth taking a few minutes to check out the skill shown in this page. Look at the third tier, where they're on the bridge.]
"Leslie Who?" I hear the chorus. Okay, he was Roy Crane's assistant on the strip WASH TUBBS, which was retitled CAPTAIN EASY after a supporting character who took over. Crane left this strip to create BUZ SAWYER, which he would own outright. This was why Milton Caniff dropped TERRY AND THE PIRATES to come up with STEVE CANYON, which would be entirely his. $$$ These comic strip artists were no saps. Anyway, Captain Easy was a globetrotting, two-fisted soldier of misfortune. Not all his stories involved overthrowing small Balkan governments or recovering lost pirate swag. Here, he spends a few months trying to help an alcoholic straighten up enough to feel worthy to meet his little daughter. The main thing I want to point out is the panel in the third tier. Turner was working without color, just black and white and some gray wash. Also, he was drawing for newsprint which is particularly shoddy and porous. Yet he managed some very neat techniques. His use of gray backgrounds without sharp outlines suggests depth and makes his foreground characters stand out more. I love this level of worksmanship and Leslie Turner isn't even considered one of the better newspaper strip artists of his day. You usually don't hear him mentioned with Alex Raymond or Milton Caniff or Noel Sickles or Harold Foster... but take a minute to study this 1949 page.