Friday, July 15, 2011
The Everett flair
How good was Bill Everett? Well, pretty damn good, says I. And readers agree. Every time I show something by him I get comments of praise from Everett fans.
Everett had a really wild imagination when it came to his science fiction and horror stories of the early 1950s. This story, "One Head Too Many!" from Menace #1, which is a follow-up to my flying saucer post a few days ago, is full of visual style that I believe could only come from Everett. The corpse-like, shaggy two-headed alien, the vegetation-covered, organic-looking flying saucer seem like they're out of a fever dream. Readers of the time may have had their own nightmares after seeing it.
"The Greatest Magician Of All," which was probably drawn less than a year before Everett's early death in 1973, is full of beautiful details and craftsmanship. It appeared in Marvel's Fear #9, 1972. At the time I wondered if Everett was looking at the artwork of Frank Brunner, or some of the other young artists who had come along, filling their panels with detail and flair. If he was looking at their work, Everett showed they didn't have anything on him.