365 Reasons to Love Comics #65

Mike Week, Day Three! Prepare your eyes for the feasting, all you hep cats and kittens out there in Goodsville! Your brain may explode from the poppiest pop comics art of them all!


65. Mike Allred

The above is from Mike Allred's issue of Solo (#7). Click to make gigantic and readable.

Allred's got a glorious, vibrant art style that explodes off the page. He captures all the wonder of old-timey comics with the sensibilities of Roy Lichtenstein's pop art, Hanna-Barbera animation, and that formless, day-glo substance that is our childhood memory of comic books. Our Man Mike's love of comics is palpable on every page. He's not ashamed to glorify what some would consider silly and show why he finds it electrifying. Influences from Kirby and other Silver Age-y artists are apparent, but not to the point of thievery: Allred is his own man.

Under his pen, everything becomes shiny and new, full of life. From his work on Madman to his adaptation of the Book of Mormon to his work-for-hire stuff in X-Force/Statix, his clean and bright linework (enhanced brilliantly by the colors of his wife Laura) causes my eyes to widen with joy. Mike Allred's a pop art god and the living manifestation of comics joy. It's why he's one of my favorite artists currently working. He is charmingly insane, and his work is amazing. Look for Madman Atomic Comics from Image in April. Booyah.

And now, the art showcase:

Click that one to make it so massive, it will shake the heavens with its glory.

For more info and art, swing yourself over to his sexy website, AAA Pop Comics.

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