Just wanted to talk about Alex Raymond and his continuing influence today ...
Today, the pictures do the work. And such wonderful pictures.
is a daily strip titled RIP KIRBY by the great Alex Raymond. Mr.
Raymond also drew FLASH GORDON, JUNGLE JIM, and SECRET AGENT X-9.
serving in the Marine corps in WWII, he created his fourth syndicated
comic strip: RIP KIRBY. Mr. Raymond served as president of the National
Cartoonists Society from 1950-51. He died in an automobile accident on
September 6, 1956. Alex Raymond's art influenced Frazetta, Williamson,
Stout, and Mark Schultz, among others.
I haven't much to add except a story about a time when I first came to NYC and assisted a comic book artist.
took a class from a comic book artist at Parsons in the 1980s. I soon
was assisting him in his freelance comics work, working my regular job
from 9-5, then off to his studio to work until midnight.
once in a while, he'd would hold up a photocopy of art (by
Wally Wood, or some other EC great), and tell us young assistants, "LOOK at
the KNOWLEDGE." And I find myself using those same words today.
at the juxtaposition between light and dark. Look at the line work --
the difference between sky and water in the first panel. Look at that knowledge.
is a reason why Alex Raymond's name still comes up. Looking at this 56
years after his tragic death, it all becomes apparent. But I don't have
to work at writing about it. The pictures tell you.
-- This was an edited version of a November 29, 2006 blog entry.
Related: IDW's Library of American Comics reprints RIP KIRBY and Flash Gordon.