|As the 1960s gave way to the 1970s, the newer wave of artists seemed to abandon the shorthand techniques of their predecessors and strove for a more realistic style. Nothing wrong with that, but it took more effort.||So when artists like Berni Wrightson were called upoon by the script to show crashing waves, they would draw just that. There's no denying the effect is impressive, but the amount of rendering required to make this work is huge.||This trend continued into the 1980s and 1990s, with the old shorthand techniques being regarded as "cartoony" - however my own view is that depicting folds in cloth with a few slashes of the inking brush takes real skill.|
|Eerie 4 (1965)
Steve Ditko has long been a personal favourite, and his work for Warren Comics was amongst his best. Here he conveys a sense of agitated motion in his rendering of the folds in the shrieking man's clothing ...
|Swamp Thing 5 (1971)
This gorgeous page from Wrightson's run on Swamp Thing leaves us in no doubt that we're looking at a stormy sea.
|Doctor Who 97 (1984)
This astonishing page was drawn by UK artist John Ridgway for UK Marvel's Doctor Who Monthly, which I was editing at the time. No one does scale like Ridgway ....
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