Greetings. Another comic book artist today and another one tomorrow. Huzzah!
Perhaps I should have entitled this "comic book artist week." I have avoided the theme weeks. I like variety.
I had another artist chosen for today, but as the day has progressed, Grading Robot needs more and more energy and that post needed more and more content. Tomorrow's artist is a bit of a bigger mouthful than today's: Geof Darrow.
In 1995, Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow published two issues of a portfolio-sized comic called The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. Years later, they produced this large toy that you see me holding in the pictures.
Darrow has not done nearly enough work in comics for as brilliant as he is. Strongly influenced by the French artist Moebius (with whom he has collaborated) and showing hints of George Pérez, Darrow produced the aforementioned The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot via Dark Horse's Legend imprint in 1995. Despite completing many covers and pinups, his substantial work includes Hard Boiled (with Frank Miller - 1990) and his own Shaolin Cowboy (1995). He has worked with the Wachowskis on the Matrix films.
In the 1980s, he worked in television character design, contributing to The Super Friends and Richie Rich among others.
I would definitely list him as one of my favourite artists, even though I am not yet ready to make a definitive list. Would he make top ten? Maybe, but I feel like I do not have enough of his work to make a call compared to other artists who have given me many more pages of enjoyment over the years. I do like that Darrow is an inspiration to modern favorites of mine, like Frank Quitely.
Today is short because GRADING ROBOT is in GRADING HELL.
Final grades are due tomorrow morning. I will back with another comic book artist and much more text and the results of great thought and contemplation then.
However, if you like comics (or even if you don't), and you have not checked out these titles listed here, I strongly urge you to obtain as many as possible.
Hmmmmm... I actually have three copies of The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot #1.
Meanwhile, enjoy some great art and think of Grading Robot toiling repeatedly and with robotic repetition and with great effort.
Added note of interest: I call my Dad "Big Guy," and I did so prior to the publication of this comic book.
- chris tower - 1308.14 - 13:42
|Retro Big Guy and Rusty by some artist - not Darrow|
|Page 8 from Big Guy and Rusty #1|
|Page 19 from Big Guy and Rusty #1|
|Panel from page 29 Big Guy and Rusty #1|
|Page 15 from Big Guy and Rusty #2|
|Pages 20-21 from Big Guy and Rusty #1|
|Hard Boiled love scene|
|Moebius and Darrow - City of Fire|