Flex Mentallo

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  1. Here's a cool Baker splash from Love Romances 45... I cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop. I think there is a good chance Baker also inked this one.

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    I think the inker is Anderson (cf "Cult of Killers", Wanted #52)

     

    I'm not sure I agree. You can see some similarities with the CL cover above. I looked at the Anderson story thanks for the reference. I don't really know much about him but looking at the story he has kind of a cross hatch look to his shading which I don't see in this particular story line. I'll have to look and see if I can see any other stories outside of Atlas that have this type of "dreamy" appearance.

     

    I understand your doubts, and I wouldnt stake my life on it either! (You know far more about baker romance than I do.)

     

    As Scrooge said, the face and hair of the woman lower left is very like Harry's work. I agree that the "Cult of Killers" story has very heavy cross-hatching. The way I read it, and I'm only speculating here, is that Anderson fitted his inks to suit Baker's romantic style. Anderson did do some work for Atlas - there are a few horror stories I've seen.

     

    He is arguably the most underrated artist of the era. (He is Jim Vadeboncoeur's favourite comic book artist)

     

     

     

     

    This story is my favorite romance story outside of the St. John's because of the attention to detail. If Anderson did indeed ink this, I wish he would have been able to do many more with Baker. I'll have to look up some more about Anderson. He looks like he was also a great illustrator too. I wonder why he wouldn't have just done his own pencils too? You can see that Anderson cared about what he was doing and not just cranking out the panels.

     

     

    He appears to have been a dedicated christian who painted religious paintings for minimum wage. Speaking as an artist myself, its clear to me that he had mastery of technique, the rendering of surfaces, anatomy and composition. As a painter he depicts an etherial. light-filled earthly paradise.

     

    His use of pencil and/or inks shows a darker sensibility however. No less masterful - but almost as though he moonlighted as a (sinful?) journeyman comic book artist (maybe to pay the bills allowing him the time to paint the religious pictures). But there is usually a darkness to his comic work, therefore well suited to Atlas horror and Wanted. Perhaps it didnt occur to his editors that he might adapt his style to romance tales? He only seems to have inked a couple of romance stories for Atlas.

     

    His powerful and stylistically distinctive use of inks is arguably a match for Baker - and he would surely have respected Baker's sensibility and understood his technique. I believe he would have sought to "fit" Baker's style, but was simply too strong an artist to subsume his own personalty completely.

     

    I'm sure it's clear to all baker lovers, that even when inked by a mediocre artist, Baker's style is too distinctive to disguise - but conversely, and with apologies for stating the obvious - it does make it difficult to be sure how much of "baker art" includes the work of lesser artists. Especially if the "lesser" artist is a Harry Anderson!


  2. These are great thanks for sharing. Do you have any of the giants?

     

    Not anymore - just a handful of the ones I really like!!

     

     

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    I love this cover :cloud9: You have a nice collection.

     

    I like how OS refuses to admit this is a Baker cover year after year.

     

    :o I'm astonished! What interests me about this cover is the apparent use of a wash effect in the imaginary dance scene (it doesnt look like greytone).


  3. Here's a cool Baker splash from Love Romances 45... I cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop. I think there is a good chance Baker also inked this one.

    HeartSoulSplash.jpg

     

    I think the inker is Anderson (cf "Cult of Killers", Wanted #52)

     

    I'm not sure I agree. You can see some similarities with the CL cover above. I looked at the Anderson story thanks for the reference. I don't really know much about him but looking at the story he has kind of a cross hatch look to his shading which I don't see in this particular story line. I'll have to look and see if I can see any other stories outside of Atlas that have this type of "dreamy" appearance.

     

    I understand your doubts, and I wouldnt stake my life on it either! (You know far more about baker romance than I do.)

     

    As Scrooge said, the face and hair of the woman lower left is very like Harry's work. I agree that the "Cult of Killers" story has very heavy cross-hatching. The way I read it, and I'm only speculating here, is that Anderson fitted his inks to suit Baker's romantic style. Anderson did do some work for Atlas - there are a few horror stories I've seen.

     

    He is arguably the most underrated artist of the era. (He is Jim Vadeboncoeur's favourite comic book artist)

     

     

     

     


  4. I actually prefer the covers with LOTS of little heads. How many heads on this one?

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    ...I give up - how many?

     

    Stunning cover, stunning copy!

     

    :o

     

     

    For some reason it reminded me of this one - lots of little soldiers being blown up (and no, I havent counted!)

     

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    Hey, wait a minute! Mr Bedrock just tricked me into hijacking my own thread!

     

    Okay everyone! Now post the covers with the most heads on them!


  5. hm

     

     

    WAR ADVENTURES:

    Yes, there is an emotional intensity to covers such as this - the soldier's stoicism internalises all the drama and makes it all the more potent! And the rough modelling looks like chiselled stone giving him a monumental quality, and a stillness....


  6. They still publish the Guide :o

     

    Really! I mean, the very first post?!? :taptaptap:

     

    That's all the help I can provide since I don't have the new Guide. I still use the 2003 guide ... and it works out for me :shrug: As a matter of fact, I haven't looked up a Guide value in well over a year. I am at the point I know how much I want to spend on the books I am chasing and go from there. It also comes down to the fact I rarely sell and maybe Guide would be more helpful in those shoes.

     

    Right there with you! Eventually you develop a "feel" for true value and the scarcitiy/demand quotient so far outweighs "guide value" that it is sometimes meaningless to refer to it - and I too use an old guide when I use one at all (which is rarely).

     

    In terms of guide losing touch with reality the example that comes most readily to mind is Baker romance.