- Full Description
Classic Comics Press presents the first volume of Frank Godwin's masterful comic strip Rusty Riley. First appearing on January 26, 1948, this follows the adventures of orphan Rusty Riley and his faithful dog, Flip. Leaving the orphanage, Rusty is hired by wealthy racehorse owner Mr. Miles in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Soon Rusty is thrust into the world of horse racing--as well as danger, lost treasure, criminals, and a beautiful comrade!
There's also an introduction by Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss, American Flagg, American Century), an interview with Frank Godwin' s daughter Diane, plus a number of Frank Godwin illustrations covering the span of his long and productive career, a few in full glorious color!
Godwin was a first-rate book and magazine illustrator long before he took on Rusty, his own creation. Much like Hal Foster, he was well established as a go-to artist for beautiful fantasy work in books (King Arthur and His Knights, Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Robinson Crusoe), as well as the much-admired comic strip Connie. This was a superb adventure strip that ran from 1927 to 1944 and the first strip to star a capable, brave and smart woman.
Illustration historian and critic Jim Vadeboncoeur gives Godwin the highest ranking: "While obviously influenced by Flagg (and Charles Dana Gibson), Godwin managed to create a style that was recognizably his and that stood out from both his idols and the mass of clones that were cropping up everywhere. His ability to create tones, especially facial characteristics, with his pen and brush were equal to and in some ways better than Gibson and, I think, obviously superior to Flagg. His use of pen and brush in the same illustration demonstrated an understanding of the medium that set his work apart from his contemporaries. It, combined with his tonal skills, gave his work a depth and weight that was seldom equaled."
- Additional Information
Item Code RR01H Publisher Classic Comics Publish Date 2013 ISBN 9780985928452 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 8x10 # Pages 344pg Color Partial Color
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