Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Frank Hampson's Titans
A few days back, we looked at The Titans, Marvel UK's utterly mental 'landscape' format book. I was reminded that one of the benefits of this bizarre comic was the posters they ran in the middle of each issue.
More often than not, they were clumsy reprints of images we'd already seen in the american books, but occasionally they were originals. And two of them were done by legendary illustrator Frank Hampson, creator of that most british of heroes Dan Dare.
Frank did a poster of Spidey for one issue that we all hated. An ultra-realist, he put every fold & crease in the web-spinner's costume, making our hero look, well, like a normal person. As great as Hampson was, he just couldn't draw in a way completely alien to his sensibilities ie. Marvel style.
Unfortunately, although I remember that Spidey poster very well, I don't have a copy of it. Neither does Sean, who sent me Hampson's other contribution to The Titans, this piece:
I mean, this has literally NOTHING to do with the Marvel universe whatsoever. Oh sure, there's some vaguely scrawled nonsense at the bottom trying to tie it in to some previous story, but truthfully, as beautiful as it undoubtedly is, it really just looks like a sample piece Frank had lying around his studio. Actually I remember being truly appalled by this piece as a kid , like: If you can't draw Marvel style, get out of my comic! Kids are so unforgiving, aren't they?
Anyway, like I said, I don't have the Spidey piece, and haven't managed to locate it on google, so if anyone out there does, scan it & send it, so we can all see it, ok? Come on, share with the class.