Monday, 30 June 2014
Gray Morrow's How To Draw A Fight Scene
Just wanted to show this off. This is Gray Morrow, from one of Marvel's Graphic Novels of the '80's. The Dreamwalker is a not entirely successful attempt to do a pulp hero, in the same sphere as The Shadow. Written by Miguel Ferrer & Bill Mumy, it's about Josh McCann, a superspy trying to get away from his former employers, while also avenging his father's murder, and taking on his secret identity as '40's crime fighter The Dreamwalker. And lumbering himself with a costume that could only really have worked in the Golden Age.
The Dreamwalker is, in all honesty, a bit of a mess, with way too many plot elements pulling against each other to make a cohesive whole. But Gray's artwork saves the piece. Like in these pages, that I genuinely think is one of the greatest fight scenes done by anyone anywhere. It's funny, full of movement, people actually get hurt ( notice the mustachioed bad guy struggling to pick himself up ) and the whole thing is the definition of rough and tumble. It's the kind of thing that makes you want to burst out into spontaneous applause.