I haven't started one of the threads in ages, so I figured another one was long overdue, and the artist in question is long overdue.
Dan Spiegle rarely gets mentioned among the funnybook greats, but over recent years I've noticed a real trend towards a greater appreciation of what he brought to the 4 Color world.
My first exposure to Spiegle work was likely Gold Key's Space Family Robinson #42, but I really started to notice him as an arist (not knowing his name, just style) with the Nemesis back-ups in Brave and the Bold. Let me get this out of the way - I was not a fan. I thought it was all very ugly and amateurish. I was young, what can I say?
Over time, I really grew to enjoy his work. He manages to infuses the page with a lot of life and is a master storyteller. His characters all seem real, and he draws the best thugs in the game. What surprised me most while trying to compile art for this thread was how incredible he was at background scenery and landscapes.
His 80s Blackhawk run is my favourite - although I love every Korak story I see.
Here are some examples of his art.
This is a worldless page from Crossfire. It is beautifully constructed. I'd love to see ME's script for that page (paging Mr. Evanier.... Mr. Mark Evanier)
This Black Hood page could almost be wordless, as the story moves along beauifully and the emotions etched on the faces tell the story. It is downright Tothian.
A Star Spangled War Stories double page spread - with a nice shot of Paris.
Finally, this two page sequence from the Black Hole treasury, shows that Spiegle could portray action on a large scale as well as he could a back alley fight.
Now for the standard questions:
- What do you think of Dan Spiegle's work
- What is your favourite comic by Dan Spiegle?
- What title or character would you like to have seen him work on?