Friday Flashback - How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Friday Flashback is where I look back at the books, films, TV shows and million and one other things that have inspired me over the years in my storytelling and art. This week I'm looking at a book that I found indispensable (even now) way back when I was learning how to draw comics:

The book is by Stan Lee and John Buscema and between them they give professional advice and instruction for budding comics artists. As the book title says you, 'learn how to draw the Marvel way'  which is an art in itself.

The book is full of  brilliantly illustrated, step-by-step guides to all of the facets of the process. From drawing a character, to posing them and how to layout and draw a page of comic art. The key of being a Marvel artist was to make the art punchy and popped off of the page. The word 'dynamic' shows up a lot throughout the book.

For me this book is nothing short of brilliant. The lessons beyond how to draw a good 'Spider-Man' are simple and yet obvious ones. There is a lot of emphasis placed on once you know how to draw the perfect Spider-Man (or anyone else for that matter), just how do you use it to tell a story using sequential art. It is great stuff, and yet many comic artists miss these simple pointers in their work.

If you are starting out in comic art or are thinking of giving it a go, or maybe you have been doing it for a while and need a pointer or two to sharpen your skills, I can highly recommend this book. Without it I wouldn't be creating the art I am today. A lot of positive critique I get about my work is how well I composite a page or image and how well I pose my characters. I got almost all of it from this book, so there you go.


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