Here’s an archive of several of my essays on comics and such:
On the Occasion of Toth’s Passing — A few words on Alex Toth’s techniques.
Meskin The Obscure, and The Hall of Fame — In this piece I attempt to explain Mort Meskin’s crucial importance to the history of American comics. I wrote it last year, when Meskin was nominated but not selected for inclusion in the Eisner Award Hall of Fame. This year I’m pleased to see that he has been inducted!
More On Frazetta — In which I discuss Frazetta’s training.
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 1: Horror’s Onus:
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 2: Fear, Tactics, and Weight Class
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 3: Vampire V. Werewolf Action
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 4: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Original vs. 2003 Remake
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 5: Zombies’ Appeal and the Consolidation of Fear
Tumbler experiment: Does subject matter count more than artistry?
Also, here’s one I wrote for Comic Book Resources some years ago:
And in the bygone world of ink and paper:
I recently wrote a 4,000 word appreciation of the drawings of Heinrich Kley, which appears in Volume 2 of the Lost Art of Heinrich Kley.
I also wrote the foreword to volume 8 of Dark Horse’s ongoing TARZAN collections, which are drawn by the wonderful Jesse Marsh. (Psst — my entire foreword and several pages of Marsh’s art can be read via the “Search Inside” function at the book’s Amazon page.)
My obituary for Alex Toth (describing his career and reputation rather than his methods) can be read in The Comics Journal #277.