Friday, 13 May 2016

Teleport 2010

There was a time when Alex Nino seemed to be responsible for 99% of every issue of 1984 / 1994, his work becoming increasingly far-out and experimental, to the point of actually turning some readers off when they couldn't understand just what the hell it was they were looking at.
Of course, when you're a multi-limbed alien from another dimension like Alex, this kind of stuff comes easy. I mean, nobody human can draw like this, right?
Nino's breathtaking skill wasn't always put at the service of great scripts in 1994, but here's a brilliant story with a dynamite premise, and he draws the hell out of it.


  1. I recently picked up the first several issues of 1984 and was brutally reminded of why I stopped buying it in the first place. Not only are most of the scripts poorly written, they are densely overwritten. It's a real slog to get through them. I don't get why DuBay was given so much power back then. On the other hand, the art is so beautiful I'm still probably going to pick up more of them (albeit at a slower pace).

    The story above is indeed one of the better ones plotwise and Dube must've thought so too, because this was the second time they printed it.

  2. If I remember rightly from my Warren issue of Comic Book Artist, Jim Warren just really liked Dube as an editor and provider of short stories for Creepy, that letting him do books like 1984 and The Rook were kind of sweeteners to keep him at the company. We should all have a boss like that!

    There is a fair amount of overwritten dross in this book, it's true, though weirdly it doesn't seem AS bad these days. However, anyone remember an appallingly racist tale called 'The Harvest'? Even Bill went a bit too far on that one.

  3. Yeah, "The Harvest" is pretty repugnant. It's not that hard to be offensive if that's your goal and I get the feeling that much of the writing in 1984/1994 was focused more on a juvenile need to be transgressive with no regard for simple human behavior. So much of the creative energy was put into juvenile language and naked exploitation that whatever value the book had was overwhelmed by the childish editorial viewpoint. With the success of Heavy Metal, Warren had an opportunity to finally do a Science Fiction book, and DuBay either totally misread the market or simply didn't care. It's a shame because the quality of the art was so high.