Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Strip Magazine No.3

Better late than never, but at least i have it now.
Another corker of a read and i'm liking the mix of strips and articles - the more this title goes on the more it reminds me of "Warrior" and that ain't no bad thing is it?
Shame to see my favourite new strip, "Recovery Inc", taking a rest for a while but at least it'll be back and "The Devils Heritage" is off to an intriguing start.
Of course, the old school thrills are still the best for me and its nice to see "Starlord" having one of its infrequent peeps out from behind The Mighty Tharg's shadow.
And so nice to have the Man himself shown here in this classic piece by Ian Gibson. I loved Ian's work around this time and Starlords face is very reminiscent of the work he was doing on "Captain Kronos" shortly before over in "Hammer House Of Horror".
Top Thrill is of course Hookjaw and there's two things of note for me this time.
First up, this very, VERY odd image of the fella from the original strip:

Its odd and frankly quite rubbish. And quite clearly not done by Sola. The only reasons i can think of for having such a bizarre depiction is (A) Hookjaw was never in the panel originally and someone in Editorial decided he should be, (B) He was in it but maybe too small to look threatening?
Anyway, in the new version, the colouring does a great job in breaking up that flat white:

And not making it too noticible. And, comparing the two, again something that wouldn't be noticed any other time pops up - the difference between "at the rig -" and "at the rig..."
I LOVE the other comparision:
the original "AAGH!":

changed over to a much, much better "AAAAIEEE!":

Okay, there's three more "A"'s and one less "E" to be 100%, but that's close enough for me and i'm chuffed to bits - Jim, you did a great job.

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