Friday, September 10, 2010

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Demon Fire

Splash pages - you gotta love 'em. A place where the penciller can hit the reader full-throttle, with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, I finally get round to literally taking a leaf out of Walt Simonson's more than legendary run on The Mighty Thor.

Now that's one hell of an adversary. There are so many splash pages in Walt's run that are deserving of attention, it was hard to pick which to place here. The clincher - the fact that this spread is so powerful despite the absence of recognisable stars. 

This could be the first page to any great comic (it's not though - it's number 17). It's bold, clear yet crowded, and sets the game up completely in one shot. 

To find out what happens next, track down The Mighty Thor #346 or keep your eyes peeled for the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus!

4 comments:

  1. I agree! I've always loved this splash page, Walt is a great designer AND illustrator!

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  2. Hey Marcelo - thanks for dropping a few words in!

    Walt is definitely one amazing dude when it comes to the pencil and pen - like I said I wasn't sure which of his splashes I was going to set up first!

    All you folks out in reader land be sure to checkout Marcelo's own illustration site http://marcelo-baez.blogspot.com - you'll be glad you did!

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  3. I just rock out on that 'DOOM' word[!] So completely outrageous and so Simonson. He did similar big sound-effects on his FF run and his Fourth World series. I always thought if one could 'hear' sound-effects in comics, his work would be the one to fill it.
    When I look at his Thor run , it reminds me of one of those Wagnerian operas.

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  4. Karl you bring up a great point! Should comic sound effects still be handdrawn over digital fonts? I think as a letterer I'd want to prove I'm the best at both worlds and aim for the handdrawn on the big moments. Just to retain that same feeling conveyed here!

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