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.


Steve Buccellato said...

I don't think that's a story worth repeating! ;)

Sara Kocher said...

Aw, c'mon, tell us the story. It couldn't be that bad, Steve!

I remember Stan Drake on PP also. He did a strip for years called "The Heart of Juliet Jones" which had drop-dead gorgeous women all over the place. Stan rocked!

I visited his studio once and he gave me a few old JJ strips. Still have 'em tucked away, keep meaning to frame them.

Somewhere in my garage I have some reprint volumes of JJ. When I find them, Don, I'll loan them to you if you want. Very nice art!

Don Hudson said...

Sara, you have some Stan Drake originals? I am green with envy!