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    Cool Different styles of classic artwork from your favourite artists

    Where else has a favourite artist of yours shown up in comics, with a completely different style? So much that you might have passed it completely without ever knowing....

    Here's one of mine...he did this back in August 1960...



    And here's what he's been dishing out recently 50+ years later....



    I'm alluding to Neal Adams of course...

    Wonder what he'd think of this...

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    John Romita Jr. and Keith Giffin are two artists who completely changed their styles over the years. Both were much for the worse.

    I really can't believe that either of them could look at their past style compared to their newer style and say "hey this looks so much better!!!!" But I suppose they did.

    It's kind of depressing, because they were two of my favorites in the past but no more.
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    Great idea for a thread. In keeping with your Neal Adams theme, Bill Sienkiewicz began his career aping Adams (albeit very, very well) as this demonstrates:

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    Who'd have thought five years later he'd be doing this:

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    The Jack Kirby of the 1940s looks nothing at all like the Kirby of the '70s, not in draftsmanship and not in storytelling. If I weren't familiar with all the work in between (and thus can see his style evolving), I would find it hard to believe they were the same guy.

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    Sorry, duplicate post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by destro View Post
    John Romita Jr. and Keith Giffin are two artists who completely changed their styles over the years. Both were much for the worse.

    I really can't believe that either of them could look at their past style compared to their newer style and say "hey this looks so much better!!!!" But I suppose they did.

    It's kind of depressing, because they were two of my favorites in the past but no more.
    I love Jr.'s new style, love how hyperkinetic it can be and his style for drawing people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otchofriend View Post
    I love Jr.'s new style, love how hyperkinetic it can be and he style for drawing people.
    Just to clarify I still think both artists are quite talented. It's just that their newer styles don't work for me and I much prefer them before the switch.

    JRJR's new style just looks like everyone is made of blocks and Giffen's looks like everyone is melting! Some people probably love that and that's cool, but they aren't for me.
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    The Neal Adams comparison is a bit off bcause he had to draw in the Archie house style or they wouldn't publish it. A better earlier comparison would be with his work on the Ben Casey newspaper strip.
    Similarly Barry Windsor Smith drew Kirby style on his debut with Marvel in the Xmen. His new style developed later with Conan

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    Quote Originally Posted by destro View Post
    John Romita Jr. and Keith Giffin are two artists who completely changed their styles over the years. Both were much for the worse.
    I really liked Giffen's "new" (post-Munoz) style, though not as much when he stopped spotting blacks (e.g., Trencher)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cei-U! View Post
    The Jack Kirby of the 1940s looks nothing at all like the Kirby of the '70s, not in draftsmanship and not in storytelling. If I weren't familiar with all the work in between (and thus can see his style evolving), I would find it hard to believe they were the same guy.
    See, now i was re-reading the Mr. Miracle TPB a couple of weeks ago and was struck by how much Kirby's thugs looked the same as the ones in his 40s and 50s work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ish Kabbible View Post
    Similarly Barry Windsor Smith drew Kirby style on his debut with Marvel in the Xmen. His new style developed later with Conan
    Just to give you guys an idea of what this means:



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    I consider it very 'Aeon Flux' avant la lettre.

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    Ernie Colon has done dramatic work as well as Harvey characters like Richie Rich.
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    A couple of Herb Trimpe pages from his "Skywarriors" strip, about as different from his more familiar '70s work as night is from day, in the mid-'80s incarnation of Savage Tales --



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    John Romita, Sr is probably best known for his clean line on things like this:

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    But in the '70s, he stretched a bit and produced this masterpiece:

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    Quote Originally Posted by FanboyStranger View Post
    But in the '70s, he stretched a bit and produced this masterpiece:

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    Where is this from? Looks interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezebel Bond View Post
    Where is this from? Looks interesting
    It's the first Satana story from Vampire Tales 2. It's been reprinted in both the first Vampire Tales volume and Essential Marvel Horror, vol 1. To say it was a change of pace for John, Sr is an understatement.

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