Thursday, August 10, 2006
More to say about Power Pack
I really liked the art on the Jon Bogdanove and Hilary Barta run of Power Pack. I had a different view of the book once I started working on it! I was working in the MARVEL Bullpen in the late 80s, doing background art for a number of inkers. It was great training and I got a good page rate. The editor of Power Pack at the time asked if I would help the new inker. Sure! Who is he? The new inker was Stan Drake.
I was not familiar with him at all. The first inked pages from him smelled like Cuban cigars, but the art was beautiful! He had a clean, confident line and he knew how to draw pretty women. I think the first job was over Bogdanove and I remember he changed a few faces. I found out that he was one of the Old School artists of the 60s and 70s. He did a lot of photo-realistic newspaper strips and I got a hold of some copies of his art. At that time, for whatever reason, A lot of professional newspaper guys got comic book work. I was lucky to learn a few tricks from Stan.
At one point, I got to ink Power Pack all by myself! Inking over my pal and old roommate! But that's another story.