March 21 2019
I opened up and photographed some panels. And found a digital copy. Unlike most pre-code horror-esque comics, the cover actually represents a scene from the inside. Conan was one of the few mainstream books that seemed to be adult, yet still was approved by the comics code. Eventually the code was abandoned – Marvel, Dc, currently aren’t bound by the comics code fro their mainstream books. They have their own codes now.
Despite being criticized for not living up to his Dad’s appealing females, I feel this is an example of John Romita Jr’s uniquely appealing presentation. Notice the exaggerated, stylized lips, cartoon proportions. Yet, the composition is dynamic, and the skulls look cool, the color is great. It looks great to me.
Roy Thomas Presents: Rulah 1. I added the entire origin story to Art Book Collections
The rest of an origin of Rulah story: ( reprinted in a hardbound artbook collection). I wanted to preface my original work in the genre, by giving viewers a glimpse into the roots of the Good Girl Art genre, and the foundational Jungle Girl presentations. As a creator, this research is simply due diligence, to know what has been done, and pay homage, by doing what has been done well, the best I can. And not, in ignorance, recreate the something that was already done better in various regards. To at least, make informed decisions, shape my original elements; rather than the default limit of my prior knowledge.
Panel six of this page is worth studying. Despite the simplicity, that some attribute to golden age art, and equate with lack of sophistication, panel 6 ( and many others) carry more impact and describe human form with more nuance, and anatomy information than most modern comicbook art, that has turned up stylized lighting, color effects, forshortening, often as a substitute for accurate representation. I tend to agree with Joe Kubert, that something drawn realistically, results in more investment from the reader; and things drawn overly exaggerated or nonsensical, less.
Image 8: ( page 26)
A feature of anatomy of GGA from the 40’s-50’s, is the proportion of general limb size. Today a woman with arms and legs this size, would be viewed as a beast ( anorexic models the norm in the past half century). Especially panel 2. I’ve dated women on the track team, with proportions like that – I find athletic muscularity appealing.