Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In Praise of-Vince Colletta?! Silver Age THOR Artwork! Marvel Comics!

I know I'm about to start a war here, but I never really had TOO much of a problem with the inking of Vince Colletta! Sure, his somewhat rushed and scratchy style fit a book like THOR more than, say, FANTASTIC FOUR, but glance at these great panels from a late-60s THOR issue (pencils by Jack Kirby) that really show off his inking skills to great effect! Wonderful texture, lighting and rain effects, and more! Yes, I'm also aware that Vinnie had earned the ire of fandom due to his erasing and taking shortcuts over some artist's pencils, and that IS unforgivable, but he was not without his merits...Click to enlarge!


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

After reading The Thin Black Line, I have a newfound respect for Vinnie the Guy.

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

there are plenty of inkers without talent who have hacked their way through books, but vinnie hacked his way through jack kirby... and vinnie had TALENT. When he wanted to, his women were beautiful and sexy, his texturing added lots to Thor's storylines and offbeat locations.

But then he's hack again...

sad but true. I've never attacked the man. never met him. but as an inker i dislike how thoroughly he ripped trhough page after page.The man could INK when he wanted to!

Andrew Wahl said...

Yeah, I have a hard time getting on board the Reevaluate the Vince Colletta band wagon. As a kid, it was his work that made me first notice inkers — and not in a good way! I always found this quote hilarious: “I think the inker should follow the penciller’s style and try to make it come through. A lot of inkers these days overpower the pencils, though.” — Vince Colletta, in a “Bullpen Bulletins” interview that ran in the May 1983 editions of Marvel comics. Really? 'Nuff said!

Georgie Roussell said...

No need for me to reevaluate Colletta because I have been a fan since the early 60's. It is no shame that he decided that money was more important than art, especially since he was doing what the publishers wanted. Although Vinnie seems like a renegade who "did things his way" I think that his actions actually reflect a conservative corporate mentality. Whatever needed to be done, he did it. There are way too many Andrew Wahl's in the world but, unfortunately, far too few Vince Collettas.

Anonymous said...

I never based my love/hate of Vinnie on what he did to Jack Kirby. Nor Thor. The "crimes" committed were done to other artists, such as the Colans, Hecks, Robbins of the world.

And if you read the book, you have an understanding of the "why" of what Vinnie did: he was a deadline saver.

Vinnie had talent, but he was boxed in like a number of other artists in the field, doing superheroes. Some adopted, some didn't. But some artists just do better works in their preferred genre. Had he done romance all those years, who knows what we might've seen?

Mikey D. said...

i never had an issue with Vinnie's work I loved it... LOVE is the word I'd use