January 28, 2010

Kyle Baker's Plastic Man

This was my favourite comic series ever. Hardly anybody seems to be aware of it now, which is unfortunate. On the other hand, their relative obscurity makes me feel like I'm in on some kind of secret, which is always fun.

The writing and art in this comic were absolutely hysterical. Sadly, it only lasted 20 issues, and two of them were 'guest' issues done by a different guy. The last batch of issues, comprising one long storyline, never got collected into a trade paperback, so I suspect they're pretty hard to find now. As such, I don't think I'm causing any trouble by uploading a few of my favourite panels from some of those issues... Sorry for the crappy quality. All those tiny dots gave my scanner a headache. These do not do justice to the actual comics.

The first four images are from issue #15, the fifth one's from #16 and the last ones are two consecutive pages from #17. The first few pages of that issue, showing the teenagers' party in full swing, are especially great, but I didn't want to scan all my favourite drawings-- this is just a tiny sample of the greatness.





















4 comments:

Zoran Taylor said...

I love all of these drawing except the one at the very top. It's a good drawing, but for some reason one or two aspects of it remind me a bit of Mega Babies, which automatically ruins anything for me no matter how good it might actually be.

aalong64 said...

I can see the resemblance, especially in the teeth. It didn't occur to me until you pointed it out though.

It's funny, because although I'm never the one who mentions that show, nearly half of the 10-or-so comments on this blog have been about how bad Mega Babies was. It was that bad.

Zoran Taylor said...

Seriously? That is weird...

nickbachman said...

Hell yeah man, the Kyle Baker Plastic Man comics are the BEST. Not to mention the Scott Morse Plastic Man! Baker's definitely one of the best comic book artists around. His panels are like frames of a cartoon.