Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Tom Sutton


Tom Sutton was born today. I don't know if Tom was what you'd call a 'fan-favourite', but I thought he was great. His work always looked like some insane fever dream spilling out all over the page. He was one of those artists where you could easily quibble over his bizarre sense of anatomy ( and people constantly did ), but if you went with him, you'd get an experience no other comic book artist could give you.

Tom did loads of work for both Charlton & Warren of course, as well as the completely insane Future History Chronicles for Planet Of The Apes. There was also the odd job for colour Marvel, including a couple of outstanding issues of Werewolf By Night, a pair of superb Marvel Premiere's; the sci-fi tale Seeker 3000 and the 50th issue Alice Cooper special ( both of which I'll put up here at some point ), and much later, a Man-Thing series in Marvel Comics Presents.
Tom left us in 2002, apparently suffering a heart attack at his drawing board. Here he is teaming up with Don McGregor for one of my favourite pieces, proving that he could be at least moderately normal when the story demanded it.

Be warned though, this story will break your heart.










8 comments:

  1. Yeah Tom Sutton was great.
    I sure he himself would have said some times his work was rushed or knocked out but it always had a vitality that showed a living breathing human being had done it !! you couldn't ask for more than that.
    His "Future History" stories for Planet Of The Apes were fantastic and I'm sure he never saw the film !!!It didn't matter he just was having a ball drawing and painting.
    As comics became less diverse in the 70s and into the direct sales era (mainstream comics anyway) it just seemed people like Alcala, Sutton, Thorne were shunted to one side because they wouldn't / couldn't work on Super-hero stuff (Or the editors thought so anyway !)
    Sutton was at his best when left alone ...all that work for Charlton... It's just a damn shame that materially artist like him didn't get what they deserved.
    Graham.

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  2. I liked his humor work, too! NOT BRAND ECCH..., SCHLOMO RAVEN! In an earlier era he would have been a MAD magazine star!

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  3. More Sutton tomorrow, fellas, with a real belter. One of the few times Tom did do a ( sort of ) superhero. A No-Prize for anyone who guesses it!

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  4. Was It a strip he did for Warren ?
    Graham.

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  5. Nope, but a valiant try, sir. Anybody else?

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  6. Aside from general stories for Warren, Tom was the very first artist to draw the Vampirella strip in issues #i,8,9 and 11 before turning it over to Jose Gonzalez.

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  7. As no-one answered this and Don's work needs to be seen by these youngsters, let me tell Pete it appeared in Eclipse (the Magazine - not Monthly!) #7, November 1982 ...scarily 32 years ago!!

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  8. Yes, I should've said that, thanks Norman. 32 years....sheesh.

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