Saturday, December 24, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Don't F__k With Santa Claus

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, an iconic moment from the anything-can-happen-and-often-does world of Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon. A moment that pretty much speaks for itself and one I think of everytime I see a tantrum-mental kiddy on a department store Santa's knee.

Now there's an Uncle Sam homage worth framing - and a good partner to a similar moment in Savage Dragon, featuring the Almighty God.

Despite having done one of the best runs on Spider-Man ever, Larsen is an comic book legend in himself. How the writer/artist/creator has kept Savage Dragon in print all these years, with moments you never saw coming, like God's battle with the Devil, and the Dragon having to escape from a villain by climbing out it's @$$, means at least one book will still be feeling fresh and innovative years down the road.

5 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Dan!!!!
    I'm always asking Hubby to dress as Santa, but he does´'t share my enthusiasm!!

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  2. Dan, i've always thought of your blog as being more PG rated but does this mean now that i can say words like fuck, shit, dick, asshole here? oh yeah i almost forgot Merry Christmass ya tosser :)

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  3. And Merry Christmas to you too David!

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  4. That's some funny shit right there Dan! Larsen always excelled when he was allowed to just be himself and not be held-down by corporate mandates. That, and his legion of loyal fans, is why Savage Dragon still continues to this day.

    Well that, and God telling Satan to go.....do things to himself!

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  5. Completely agree Dale. I think Erik is best at his free-est, and could write a whole string of killer Elseworlds specials in that vein that I know would knock everyone flat. Or maybe an 'Old Man Logan' type of number.

    Till then I just keep fingers crossed he's going to get a decent run on Thor - I think he could really go for broke in a good way there!

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