Friday, November 5, 2010

Crazy Magazine #4 - Mike Ploog art


Crazy Magazine v1 #4, 1973 - This issue pokes fun at the 1970s black exploitation hero Shaft, among other characters. The viscous drawing style of Mike Ploog fits the humor genre perfectly without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. The artist's inks and washes make the panels more varied, and help offset the frequent and mechanically typeset word balloons. A high point is the amusing title panel, featuring Shaft among several of his television peers (McCloud, Cannon, Columbo, etc). Even the monstrous Man-Thing (which Ploog was drawing at the time) makes an unexpected cameo on page five, panel five. Other artists in this issue include Dick Wright, John Stevens, Michael Sheeler, Robert Graysmith, Bob Foster, Marie Severin, Herb Trimpe and Kelly Freas (cover) This is number 2 of 3 Crazy Magazine issues with Ploog art. See today's posts or more Ploog or Crazy Magazine issues. See also this blog's Ploog checklist or Top 10 Ploog comics.
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"Shafted" Ploog story pencils and inks 8 pages (black and white) = ***
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