CBR: Bell's "Fire & Water" Honors Bill Everett
Biographer Blake Bell's latest book is an engrossing look at Golden Age artist, Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner and co-creator of Daredevil. CBR spoke with Bell about the new book and its origins.
Full article here.
Wow - this looks great! Really looking forward to getting a copy of this.
And what was said about Lou Fine at the end is true -- Fine is an amazing artist.
This is a FABULOUS book! The art alone, most of which is printed full page in a large format, is worth the price.
Though, I'm a bit puzzled why this book is here in the Independents forum, when the subtitle is, "the Birth of Marvel Comics."
Good question. Maybe someone in charge of the boards will remedy that.
Originally Posted by Rheged
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One of the reasons Bill Everett is forgotten today, is the quality of the reprints Marvel has produced of Bill's work has been really shoddy. The poor reproductions destroy his delicate line work. And no one, except Wild Bill, ever really got Namor. No one else really did the character justice.
Bill Everett's second greatest creation....
...was Prince Namor. His greatest was Wendy Everett, whom I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing speak during her recent visit to Toronto. What a sweetheart! And Blake Bell did a good job of interviewing her, too.
Back when I was a thirteen-year-old, knocked out by reprints of Everett's mid-1950's Sub-Mariner work in the back pages of Marvel Super Heroes or whatever squarebound book it was, it struck me how everything in the strip hung together in a completely integrated, individual way - even the lettering and panel borders (the same thing one sees in Chester Gould, Al Capp or Schultz - or Wolverton, for that matter - that completely integrated vision). It knocked me out. It was a laugh-out-loud surprise to learn that some of that remarkable lettering was in fact the work of Wendy Everett, who was only ten or twelve at the time. Doesn't matter, really - those strips still create their own self-consistent world that is like no other. Same for Marvel Boy, Venuis, and indeed almost any other strips that Everett produced at that time. It's great to see this work getting something like its due, at last.