Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sketchbook Wednesday

Artwork © Gene Gonzales

I am a big fan of Bob Oksner's art. I believe the first time I saw his work was on Supergirl. And then on Mary Marvel in the pages of Shazam. I didn't discover his work on Angel and the Ape until later. He drew the cutest/sexiest women. They covered the gamut from bad girls to sweet girls. Smart girls and well, not so smart. He was also a terrific inker. I loved his inks over Curt Swan when they did Superman together. That was a powerful looking Superman. I believe he did inks over José Luis Garcia Lopez's Superman as well in the mid 1970s.

In the last few months I have managed to purchase several original pages of Oksner art. Four consecutive pages from a Mary Marvel story in Shazam #13, and three Soozie newspaper strips from 1967. I only recently became aware of the Soozie strip and I am hooked. I hope to get my greedy hands on some more in the future. Especially a Sunday page. It would be nice if they were collected in a book.

So today is just another sketchbook day. I haven't finished anything I can show but I did doodle a bit. A couple of the faces above were my quick and sad attempts to capture the Oksner Girl quality while looking at the framed Soozie strips hanging above my drawing table. Sigh.

This is Post #1118


Royce Thrower said...

Sign me up for the Bob Oksner fan club! I agree with you Gene. There was just "something" about his art that was so very pleasing to the eye. Congrats on the acquisitions of a few samples of his art. He thrilled me as much on Supergirl as Bob Brown did on Superboy. Those were some magical times!

Gene Gonzales said...

Ah yeah, Bob Brown on Superboy was great! Another favorite. I have a few Brown Superboy splash pages and I recently received the gift of page 1 for Superboy 179 from my best friend. Brown and Anderson on one of the very first Superboy books I bought as a kid. Doesn't get much better than that! :)

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Had to google Oksner, but I do see the resemblance of his character to your sketchbook drawings...far from pathetic! Learned that Oksner wrote the Dondi comic strip for a few years too!


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