Sunday, September 4, 2011

Cadet Gray of West Point #1 - Al Williamson art


Cadet Gray of West Point v1 #1 / Dell Giant, 1958 - This perfect-bound, one-shot issue chronicles the life of a young cadet. His experiences at the military academy are interspersed with tales of America's historic battles. A different artist contributes to each segment. Al Williamson's depiction of Captain John Paul Jones O' Brien at Buena Vista is the most noteworthy. Despite being less dynamic than his western and science fiction works, his art has the appropriate feel of a documentary. Other artists in this issue include John Buscema and Joe Sinnott. This is number 1 of 1 Cadet Gray of West Point issues with Williamson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Williamson issues. See also this blog's Williamson checklist.
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Untitled segment Williamson story pencils (Angelo Torres inks, partial pencils?) 10 pages (starting pg 24) = ***
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Cadet Gray of West Point v1 #1 dell comic book page art by Al Williamson
Al Williamson
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2 comments:

  1. What Williamson art? Certainly not what you posted above. The GCD does not list Williamson, although the indexer takes a guesstimate of Torres on a chapter. Judging from what you've posted, I'd have to agree, not Williamson, and probably Torres. Who, of course, was trying to emulate Williamson to a degree.

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  2. Torres actually began his career emulating Frazetta. By the late 1950s, he often collaborated with AW, mostly inking his pencils. He developed his own unique approach shortly thereafter, which one could argue was heavily influenced by AW. Comparing this issue to Torres' Classics Illustrated #56 (published 3 years later), these drawings are far more open and fluid. Also, there are too panel layouts and figure drawings consistent with AW's style. Torres definitely inked this work, but Williamson's hand is evident on the opening pages and several panels. I'd be open to the idea that they shared the penciling chores.

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