Sunday, February 01, 2009

Favorite Panels #1 - Jack Kamen

I'm working my way through my second EC Archives collection - Shock Suspenstories vol. 1 - and while all of the EC artists are excellent, Jack Kamen is becoming a particular favorite of mine. In the sequence above, from "Kickback," I love the cinematic way the cigarette smoke blends with the gutter to transition the scene, and the way the woman's figure spans both panels, making the transition less abrupt and more cinematic. I also like the ominous hatched black shape used to offset the figures in the last panel. Kamen's figure drawing is measured and precise and, of all the artists in this collection, he has the best control of facial expressions (check out that sinister look on the woman's face in the last panel).

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