Friday, April 17, 2009

1984 First Comics Tim Truman Ad

Not to be confused with the '84 The First Choice Subscription Ad, which was just a collection of clip art from the comics. Here, a young Truman drew his then-signature characters from Grimjack and Starslayer in his own style, and then tried to ape the look of the other First artists on their books. His Mike Grell on Jon Sable is convincing, and the Warp heroes are mostly on-model. Truman pulls off Joe Staton on Mike Mauser, but his attempt on E-Man looks processed through Joe Rubenstein. He has in interesting take on Mark Hempel's Mars, but his style is way off on Howard Chaykin's American Flagg! Regardless, if Truman hadn't been the only artist to sign off on this, I'd've never taken this for the work of one hand.

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