Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Warp #1 - Frank Brunner art & cover

Frank Brunner
Warp v1 #1, 1983 - Based on the plays by Stuart Gordon and Bury St. Edmund, this space fantasy comic is among the earliest titles published by First Comics. Frank Brunner supplies characters and locales are not dissimilar to his earlier work on Doctor Strange. He seems less reliant on his own abilities, in some cases copying panels from older comics (I counted at least three Neal Adams swipes). Why a proven artist like Brunner would resort to these techniques is beyond me. This is number 1 of 9 Warp issues with Brunner art and/or covers.
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Brunner cover pencils and inks = *
"Genesis" Brunner story pencils (Bob Smith inks) 19 pages = **

Frank Brunner
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  1. You are aware that Neal Adams actually did the character designs for the play as well as much incidental artwork? I believe Brunner was utilizing pretty much these same designs which might explain the Adams swipes as he familiarized himself with the pre-existing characters.

  2. Yes I did, although utilizing the same character designs (which everyone does when depicting an established character) and swiping are separate issues. Brunner had swiped Adams panels before in Howard the Duck #1 and Giant-size Man-Thing #5, so there are existing precedents. I'm not a fan of this tactic, but Brunner's work overall still deserves recognition. Thanks for reminding me of some of the facts.