Monday 16 April 2012

Flesh episode

I've just finished the latest of the "Flesh" GN's and its been a real blast.
Each episode is packed full of Thrill Power, no more so than the first bunch and, reading them, i'm that 15-year old again, loving that his trusty Airfix T Rex
can be put up against all his Tamiya tanks and troops.

Episode 3 is one that was a huge favourite back then, with its horribly gnarly Pteradon's with the Letratone seemignly giving them more mass than would be possible to fly

The first apperance of the soon to be one-eyed One Eye, and the terrifically daft "natter away while facing the jaws of death" staple of early 2000AD's

And this classic, classic, iconic moment

Thrill Power indeed.
A squashed down "AIEEE" from a squashed down Cowboy, being trodden on by Old One Eye.

Monday 9 April 2012

My Biog

Long term readers of this here Blog will know how my favourite strip in 2000AD for the first coupla years was "Dan Dare", partly for Dave Gibbons' work during the whole Space Fortess saga, but mainly for Belardinelli's creepily effective work right from the off - and especially his depictions of the Biogs, bio-mechanical aliens out there amongst the public long before H.R. Giger did the same in "Alien":

I've just been asked to send a sample of JPEG's of my original work to someone and i included my take on the foot soldiers of that alien race and i thought you might like to see it?
Making it was a bit of a nightmare - what Massimo made look simple really wasn't - tons of compound curves and far, far too much detail.
Gawd, he was brilliant.

Thursday 5 April 2012

The genius of Belardinelli - 67/34,876

Just been reading an issue of Battle Picture Weekly from 1975 and, typical of the title from this period, it can either have genius stuff in it - or be pretty dull.
This one is a dull one, with even the usual entertaining tales of "Rat Pack" , "D-Day Dawson" and the further adventures of Mike Nelson being plodding affairs.
But, if a strips got Belardinelli on it, you're guaranteed at least one stand-out instance showing his genius.
And this is his this time on "Rat Pack" - two panels shwoing the ships colliding and just look at that detail.
Amazing stuff - dunno if my favourite is the tiny, tiny soldiers falling into the sea in the second panel (just how big did he draw this???) or the German soldier on the left in the top panel. How much character????
YES! A spot-on 100% "AIEEEE!" from a mown down German in "The Password Is Courage"