Comic Book Art Gallery
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There are two forms of comic book art: one is the story line with the plot and character development. The other is the visual nature of comics, the pictures. Both work together and depend on each other to convey the finished product because the pictures help tell the story and can assist with emotion and action.
The comic pictures have four graphic threads:
• Narrative Breakdown – dividing the story into the individual panel of pictures.
• Composition – how the pictures are arranges within a single panel.
• Layout – how the panels are arranged on a page, their order, shape and size.
• Style – the way an artist draws or composes a panel including the use of color.
Comic books got their start from the newspaper comic strips during the 1930s. In book form they were of interest to American soldiers as a pleasant diversion and help fuel at least some of the initial demand. The comic book industry was well established by the mid 1940s. Superman was one of the first best selling characters. There were other dual identity heroes before him such as Zorro and The Shadow. Superman was the first superhero with a duel identity.
The quality of the drawings and artwork was very good from the beginning. The artists were usually young men, eager but inexperienced, producing art for the first time professionally or they were experienced painters and illustrators with experience eking out a living during the depression. Comic books were usually not the first career choice for any of them but it was a job and they were gaining experience.
Comic books tell their story much better than comic strips because daily strips require the retelling the story from day to day. In contrast the artists of comic books can tell their stories all at once for the best possible impact including color which is only available in most newspapers on Sundays. However the economics of comic strip artists was historically a little better because strips appeared in newspapers written for adults who had money for items in advertisements and comic books were written toward a younger audience and generally had a lower income. Since income was lower for comic book artists it tended to attract younger artists and cartoonists in their beginning years.
The youth of comic book artists contributed to experimentation in their art which also led to inventiveness in the art. New developments came from them. One new development was the superhero. Captain America set a new standard for the way comic book stories were told because of the visual intensity given to the character. Superheroes brought comic books to a higher level of figure drawing.
The action drawing of superheroes sparked increased demand for comic books. Movies and books at the time could not convey reality or believability, comic books told superhero stories best. They gave visual excitement to the art through energetic figures and used bright colors. After World War II however the superheroes lost a lot of their popularity because there were many real life heroes. This caused the industry to change with the times.
Since that time superheroes are back in favor not only in movies such as Batman, Spiderman, Superman and Iron Man but in comics too. DC and Marvel became industry leaders.
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