Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More Milt Stein










By popular demand (Well, one person asked for it---) Here is more early Milt Stein. This is from issue #11 of CooCoo comics from 1943. This is serious wartime propaganda, and you can see that Stein's style has really evolved into a wonderfully exuberant and expressive look. Still rooted in the "rubber hose" tradition, Stein creates dynamic compositions filled with depth of field, and a very cinematic approach to comics. Stein stopped drawing Supermouse shortly after this, and he did a ton of work for Timely comics (what would later become Marvel Comics) - working for editor Vince Fago (Stan Lee was in the army) In the '50s Stein returned to drawing Supermouse in his own book, with a more sophisticated style.

Some of these are at

http://www.animationarchive.org/2006/04/media-milt-steins-supermouse-comics-no.html

and also at Shane Glines' Cartoon Retro.

6 comments:

katzenjammer studios said...

A couple of really good, informative posts. Count me into the ranks of your collegiate poopholes... i mean, pupils.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Wow! Nice Supermouse pages! Also thanks for posting something about Stein's career. I'm really curious about the guy!

Jim Smith said...

Nice blog man. Disregard that earlier question. Is that picture in your icon you? Looks scary whoever it is. I am new to Milt Stein - he's not too shabby with a pencil.

Kent B said...

Thanks, everyone. The picture is not me (but there is a disturbing resemblance) It's McTeague from the move "Greed"

JohnK said...
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katzenjammer studios said...

I saw you in the archive the other day, Kent. I recognized you, but was embarrassed because I forgot your name. I was the long haired young'un salivating over the famous artists courses in the corner. The cartoon you guys were watching looked great! How'za bout some new posts talking about the sweet stuff you're looking over at the archive?