Monday, February 17, 2014

Héctor Germán Oesterheld's and Francisco Solano Lopez' Amapola Negra "Black Poppy"

Sometime ago I chose my top ten comics list for The Hooded Utilitarian. My indisputable number one was (and is) Amapola Negra "Black Poppy" by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez. Unfortunately we know how things work in comics... A masterpiece of this huge magnitude would be recognized as such in any other art form... In comics, be prepared to be amazed: it wasn't even reprinted since it was first published more than fifty years ago (July 1958 - September 1959). It wasn't reprinted... until now that is... Unfortunately Amapola Negra "Black Poppy" is an Argentinian comic, so... in spite of being welcome (of course) this edition is very far from the production values that it deserves. It's way better than nothing, though... so: all in all, great news!...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Alberto Breccia and Hugo Pratt

Colihue Ediciones in Argentina published Juan Sasturain's latest book Breccia el viejo (that's great news!).

Lately I've been scanning as much as I can of the "Sgt. Kirk" series by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Hugo Pratt (I'm doing it because no one seems to want a facsimile edition, so, I'm doing my own). Today (cf. below) I stumbled across an impressive Pratt composition (Misterix # 288; page 335 of the series). I bet that it hasn't been reproduced as it first appeared since April 2, 1954.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Why I like Pim & Francie by Al Columbia

It's very simple, really... I can imagine Pim & Francie telling some stupid children's story that would ruin everything. Al Columbia doesn't fall into that trap. He tells no single story, he hints at dozens instead. And I love the eeriness and the materiality of it all (the unfinished look adds to the effect). I love the "early Disney cartoon" gone wrong look... Not to mention the gorgeous cartooning and composition sense...

Thanks Fanta! Unfortunately I can't forgive you the awful recoloring of your Disney comics, or the dismal recoloring of the Kubert Tarzan in the intro to the latest Prince Valiant volume (why the excessive saturation in the latter books? With a proper handling of the marvelous original color proofs and a more generous size - the Maresca treatment - you could have done the definitive Prince Valiant reprint: another missed opportunity!).

Ugh! Is it possible to imagine a faker and flatter and deader coloring? When will this people learn that the Ben-Day dots serve a purpose? Anyway, why is a guy who lives outdoors that white? Is the whiteness needed to stress the book's racism?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Two Brief Notes

The Crib comes out of its hibernation (to call it something) basically for two reasons:

1) Joey Manley left us way too soon!

2) Books like this one (see above) are silenced in an economy where only the lowest common denominator has the right of public exposure (these are barbarian times). My brief note here will not solve anything, of course, but, for the moment, it's the only thing that I can do...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Francesco Guccini's and Guido Buzzelli's Colpo di Stato

Today I received an obscure short story by Francesco Guccini (w) and Guido Buzzelli (a). It's "Colpo di Stato" [coup d'état], published for the first time in Undercomics # 0 (June 1973) and republished in French in the album Démons (1980). The French edition is good enough, but the only reason I'm writing this is because the Italian edition is a tabloid (!). What a joy it is to look at this great artist's work at this size! What I ask myself over and over again is why is Buzzelli so underrated? In any other medium he would have been considered a great master. But comics are something else... we all know that, right?...

Monday, September 9, 2013

C'est Complètement Incroyable!

C'est à lire et à pleurer! Et il y a plus de 3.000 idiots qui aiment ça!

Je vient d'ajouter le commentaire suivant dans le site:

Je veux dire seulement que les scénarios de Sgt. Kirk ont été totalement écrits par Héctor Germán Oesterheld. La modernité de ses idées (et lui, avec ses 4 filles, de 18 à 25 ans, ont payé avec leurs vies en les défendant) a fait de lui le créateur de la bande dessinée pour adultes. Un génie pareil ne mérite pas d'être tué deux fois.

Vendredi, 13 septembre 2013 (hé hé): si vous ne trouvez pas mon commentaire ci-dessus dans le site il y a une explication: certaines gens préfèrent continuer a dire des conneries si ses conneries sont en favour de leur vache sacrée. Mais quand est-ce que je vais apprendre a ne pas intéragir avec les fanboys?!