Thursday, 19 November 2015

Jones Touch



All I know about these strips is that they appeared in Swank Magazine in 1972. A few of them were reprinted in Pacific's Ravens & Rainbows, but the original colours here are much better.
They're pretty much the most gorgeous Jeff Jones pages ever, which is really saying something.
Interesting when you spot the influences from both Berni Wrightson ( in terms of lighting ) and Vaughn Bode ( in terms of themes ) here.
Jeff, of course, shared Studio space with Berni, and also shared an apartment with Vaughn at different points in his life, which gives these already wonderful pieces an added piquancy. True art is rarely created in a vacuum.















9 comments:

  1. Nice art I haven't seen these before - I definitely see the influence of Bode here in art as well as theme (less cartoony of course) the strip "Earth Love" is very like Bodes art and looks like one of his strips (the female character is almost identical) I recall Bode and Wrightson doing a strip together that was very nice as well - lovely strips thanks for sharing

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  2. D'ou mean 'Purple Pictography', Paul? There's some in the
    'Vaughn Bode Jamboree' post I put up a while ago if you missed that.

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  3. That's the very strip I was thinking of Pete, You can't beat a bit of Bode imho.

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  4. My favourite Jeff Jones work in comics was in "Idyl" for National Lampoon from 1972-76 and a few of his Warren shorts like "Harry" and "Dead Run." He treated these comics like Art with a capital A!

    Regards,

    Chris A.

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  5. Covered the wonderful 'Idyl' here too, if you didn't catch that, Chris, and will no doubt do the Warren pieces too at some point. As you say, Art. Has anybody seen the Jones documentary yet?

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  6. Haven't seen it yet, but looks well worth while judging by previews -
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUzCnpxa6hw

    -sean

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  7. Yes, I saw it. Liked it, as much as one can like a tragedy-in-the-making. Rather like watching the Titanic sink firsthand. So sad to see Jones in such an infirmed state. Barry Windsor-Smith wasn't happy with his commentary portion, so it was removed from the final product. He was going to polish it up a bit, but that never happened. For all their camaraderie, BWS was the only Studio mate who went to Jones' funeral. Wrightson and Kaluta were no-shows. Strange...

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  8. Just so you know: if there was any influencing between Jones and Wrightson, Jeff the elder and more experienced artist influenced Bernie. I was a friend of Jeff's and made Bernie's aquaintance in the late sixties early seventies. Jeff was, by far, the most advanced of the two in his talent. Bernie had just started his career. Jeff was routinely painting cover art for paperbacks as well as doing comic art when Bernie arrived in NYC. Jones was a very generous guy. His Studio mates were lucky to have him as a coach and friend.

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  9. Thanks for the comment, Will. Like many fans / budding artists The Studio was an absolutely iconic book for me, and Jeff is still one of my all-time favourite artists.
    I've long thought of trying to interest publishers in a biography - maybe one of these days.

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