Thursday, July 9, 2009
A few years ago, my friend Tom Owens turned me on to Monkey Punch's original LUPIN III comics, done in the late sixties. I had seen some of the LUPIN anime, (s'okay but not up my alley), but the comics blew my mind--admittedly influenced by Sergio Aaragones and (my deduction) Mort Drucker, the artwork is loose, dynamic, wildly expressive and the stories are crazy tales of disguises, near misses, bloody assassinations and sex. These comics are really something out of the ordinary.
These two very tame drawings show me trying to channel some of that style, but mainly in proportions only. You have to see Monkey Punch to believe him.