Post by profh0011 on Sept 25, 2019 10:43:49 GMT -5
I recently listened to a 3-hour long interview with Gil Kane, recorded only weeks before he passed away. In there, he says he feels that the teaming of a penciller and an inker is NOT a "collaboration"; that inkers are an artificial job created by the industry to keep the "assembly line" running faster; and that while some inkers can "add" things, he feels whatever they do tends to take the art AWAY from the intention of the penciller.
Of course, I found this mildy ironic considering I generally hate his pencils, and think he's possibly the worst inker in the business. (I'm afraid this opinion is completely subjective, so there's no need to argue with me about it.)
BOB McLEOD, from the first time I saw his work, has been one of my FAVORITE inkers in the business. His skill ASTOUNDS me. If I could afford to do so, I'd HIRE him to ink any art I would pencil.
That said... every time I see him doing pencils... I'm underwhelmed. I hate sayng it, but there it is.
Some people really ARE vastly better at one skill than another. To the point where, it seems a waste of their best talent not to be focusing on their best talent. This goes for several inkers I can think of-- Joe Sinnott; Tom Palmer; Kelly Jones (YEAH, I really mean it with him!!); Mike Royer; and Bob McLeod.
Jack Kirby once said that some artists are wasting their time INKING other people, as they're real artists in their own right. I'm pretty sure when he said this, he was referring, specifically, to BILL EVERETT-- who, at the time, for the most part wasn't even being ALLOWED by Marvel to pencil-- let alone WRITE. When Roy Thomas & then Gerry Conway has succeeded in DESTROYING the "SUB-MARINER" series by the early 70s... Everett was finally "allowed" to take back over HIS OWN character. The results were STAGGERINGLY good. It was a criminal shame it didn't happen 5 years earlier.
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2019 10:47:26 GMT -5 by profh0011