Tuesday, 14 April 2009
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.