Saturday, February 09, 2008

Shane's Kirby Girl

Hey, check out this great drawing Shane Glines did of Jack Kirby's character: Crystal the Elemental girl.

I love the colors too! Shane, explain your theory on the colors...Boy, if someone made a superhero on TV designed like Shane's take, it would be a huge hit.
Here's the poster it was cartooned from.
Here's a modern reprint with colors pumped too much:
I loved this character when I was a kid.


Here's what the DC heroes think of Shane's picture.

http://www.cartoonretro.com/

28 comments:

quack said...

i would love to hear Shane's theory on color.

i need !!

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

John's right!~ Nice work, Shane!

cartoonretro said...

Wow, thanks! What a nice surprise.
My color theory: steal from Marie Severin and add some aged paper. Here is a better copy of the image:
http://www.cartoonretro.com/crystal.jpg
S.

Brian Romero said...

I love Shane's work. He did a great job inking the Spumco 'Comic Book' back in the day too!

Weirdo said...

I want to hear Mr. Glines' theory on color. That is an excellent drawing. Very cute, appealing, and well-drawn. He really got Kirby's inking style down. It looks like someone from the old Marvels had inked it. Amazing stuff.

Taber said...

Shazam! Man I wish superheroes were funny again. Let's hear about your color theory, Shane!

lastangelman said...

Wow, now that's an attractive and fun looking drawing. The trouble if someone from TV got their mitts on it they'd phuggitup.
Now if he produced it himself and put it on the internet, that'd be worth watching.

Dav-odd said...

Oh, that rocks..! Assemble the minions!

Eshniner Forest said...

The boys got style!

Operation GutterBall said...

Awesome!!The Inhumans were always cool!

Kristen McCabe said...

Beautiful! He's so good.

Mitch said...

I am a huge fan of shane.

His designs, linework and color rocks.

I hope he will tell us a bit about his work.

JohnK said...

>>My color theory: steal from Marie Severin and add some aged paper.<<

I love the colors in those 60s Marvels too, especially the covers.

Hey, Shane ... the Kirby Crystal below has been recolored, right? Do you have the actual comic page scanned?

When they reprint all the old Marvels they change all the colors, and even lose a lot of details in the inking.

I wish they would just scan the original comics and print that. The reprints look so flat now!

Anyway, great job!

amir avni said...

Shane rules.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Wow, when I first saw that, I figured it was a re-issue or a scan from a comic that hadn't been touched since the 60's!

I especially love the outline work. I have the most trouble duplicating that style, and Shane rocks for that ( and everything else )! First time I noticed his talent for that was when I went to the comic book store and bought the Spumco 'Comic Book'. Still got it.

- trevor.

cartoonretro said...

Here is the original Kirby pin-up:
http://www.cartoonretro.com/crystalkirby.jpg
S.

Ross Irving said...

I like Shane's design of this girl. However, I kind of feel like that ever since "Batman:The Animated Series" that the characters look a bit more angular and stylized towards Bruce Timm's style. I liked it when they looked more realistic twenty, thirty years ago.

Just a matter of taste, not bashing on Bruce Timm or anything.

Tool said...

am i the only one who finds the old comic drawing kind of creepy looking, good use of color aside.

ARTICwolf said...

That's fantastic! where can more of Shane's stuff be found?

this is Justine by they way... HI!
-j

mce said...

I don't know for sure if the pages are recoloured now, but I think it's more to do with the paper stock.

The old comics used really crappy newsprint paper, so the brighter colours dulled down in printing, now everything is printed on glossy stock, so those colours look out of place.

Check out DC Comics "Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus" 1-3, DC made the great move of printing these on newsprint stock, so the colours look fantastic rather than bizarre and distracting.

Bitter Animator said...

I love this image. Just fantastic.

Bitter Animator said...

On the colour of that reprint, it looks far too bright but I wonder if printing had been better, would the original have looked like that anyway?

I remember a classic UK cartoon that people were having an argument on whether the main character was green or brown. He looked a sort of dull, dirty green on the television. As it happened, he was meant to be a pretty bright green but because they were on a shoestring budget and film stock and development was comprimised, the colour was really muted when it went to television.

cemenTIMental said...

Seems to me it's inaccurate to describe the colours as "pumped too much." Surely it's just that cheap printing techology has advanced, and that the original artwork had extremely vivid colours to compensate for the cheap inks and paper? So any "pumping" was actually done at the time, rather than in the modern printing? If anything they should maybe have de-pumped it rather than accurately reproducing the colours. :)

Karswell said...

My cannon also salutes Shane's Crystal!

pumml said...

Shane's work is gorgeous. I have his books from Lulu.com. Every page is a treat! I really like his take on this character and image.

Dru said...

"Surely it's just that cheap printing techology has advanced, and that the original artwork had extremely vivid colours to compensate for the cheap inks and paper?"

True. Notice the color of the paper the original was printed on, versus the background of the reprint. Yes, the original paper obviously doesn't age well, but even when new it was never the stark white like the pages these books are being reprinted on.

This is an often discussed issue in the world of reprinting older comic books - and in this case the decision was clearly to go with the original color selections, regardless of how it was going to look on the white paper (read: awfully bright). There aren't many options, but in the end this is often the route chosen, even if the results can be a bit rough on the eyes.

Jeff Read said...

Oh hell yes. That's how you draw a "stylized" girl. If Kim Possible looked like that I'd watch the show, but she looks like arse so I don't.

Also, when Cher straddled a cannon like that in the 80s it was hot. When Batman and Robin do it it just lends weight to what we've always suspected about them...

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