In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they’d like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don’t like, but there’s so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).
I was doing this as a weekly feature earlier this year, but I didn’t think it was getting enough attention, so I figured I would instead do it every day this month, make it a bit of a thing. Draw some attention to these great books being recommended!
Yesterday’s creator was Mark Waid. Today’s creator is Peter Krause, Waid’s collaborator on Thrillbent’s Insufferable. Krause had a notable run at DC Comics in the 1990s, most notably working on Power of Shazam with Jerry Ordway for three years. He is a successful illustrator outside of the world of comics, but he has recently returned to comic book work with Waid on a few projects, including the current Insufferable. Peter’s choice is Bob Haney and Nick Cardy’s Teen Titans.
Bob Haney and Nick Cardy produced the first seventeen issues of the Teen Titans’ ongoing series, which began in 1966 (Cardy penciled or inked about 15 of the 17 issues, with pencils on about 12 of the 17 issues).
Peter wanted to spotlight a couple of things about the run. One was just how fresh it was at the time to have a superhero comic book that was trying to be “hip” for the times at DC (this was before Hard Traveling Heroes). Haney definitely went with that approach big time, like when he had the Titans visit England at the height of the “mod” fad…
The other was the artwork of Nick Cardy. He noted that Cardy obviously was getting a kick out of drawing such youthful, vibrant heroes. He also wanted to say that “Cardy’s artwork has a spontaneous–almost rough–feel that was so different from the smooth brushwork prevalent in the era. I still marvel at it.”
Here is a good example of both things, courtesy of a sequence from the classic Haney retelling of A Christmas Carol…
Peter mentioned the special attention Cardy paid to Wonder Girl, as well. Here is one of his most famous Teen Titans covers (and he had a LOT of famous Teen Titans covers)…
Thanks for the recommendation, Peter!
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