Sunday, July 14, 2013
The Art of Reed Crandall
Blackhawk was a fairly realistic strip, featuring character with no super powers, but Captain Triumph shows what Crandall could do on a more standard superhero comic. I've included some shots of the good Captain flying, bending steel in his bare hands and such. I can only imagine how amazing a Superman story by Crandall might have been.
As an artist, one of the things that interests me about Crandall is that his human figures are realistically proportioned. Most comic book artists draw their characters taller than real life humans because it looks more impressive. Bigger than life and all that. Crandall drew figures who were more along the lines of real people. This may be because he used a lot of photographic reference.
Still his figure work is fluid, his facial expressions excellent, and his ability to draw drapery (how cloth hangs on a figure) unsurpassed.
In later years Crandall would do some beautiful pen and ink illustrations for the Canaveral Press editions of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you do a little Internet research you can find plenty of examples of the brilliant work of Reed Crandall. Well worth your time.