Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Both these guys are pure cartoonists and they both worked in a variety of styles, some more detailed, some simpler.
They are both wacky and spontaneous. They want their cartoons to be fun and ridiculous. I would say Gross has a much stronger design sense, whereas Tyer is more anarchic. You can really see Gross' design at work not just within each panel, but on the whole page layout.
Tyer actually can sort of almost control his work when he really wants to. I have tons of great scenes he did for Terrytoons from the late 40s, but they're on tape, so I can't make clips to share - unless someone out there knows an easy way for me to do it.
This particular Tyer comic really reminds me of Milton Knight - the last of the New York style animators.