Sunday, August 11, 2013

Number 1417: Two by Bill Everett

Venus, the goddess comic book character and not the planet, worked for Beauty magazine. Venus is the epitome of female beauty in the ancient world, and in the modern world as well.

Bill Everett, who could draw beautiful women — and many other things, as well — did the artwork for these energetic and entertaining stories from Venus #16 (1951).


I have two links to more Everett. Click on the pictures.


BillyWitchDoctor said...

One thing in particular I enjoy about Everett's work is the lettering, which I assume he did himself. Whether it's the sound-effect shout with a drop-shadow, or the italic-bold combos done in a very fancy style--it's all pleasing to the eye, hyper-professional and extremely unique, without being obnoxiously distracting as the lettering one finds in Bernard Bailey or Howard Sherman's work.

Pappy said...

Billy, Everett for sure lettered his early work (the original Sub-Mariner, for instance) and I assume he lettered his later work, also. The "tells" -- the drop shadow sound effects, and the thick and thin bold lettering make me believe he did the rest of it as well.

Even when I started art school in 1969 hand lettering was still being taught. We worked on display lettering, fonts, etc., all done by hand. Now it's becoming a lost art. I doubt most artists ever bother to learn how to letter nowadays, and why should they when it can be done digitally?

Johnny Bacardi said...

Boy, do I love Everett's Venus. That Gargoyles story has been a favorite of mine since I saw it reprinted in some 70's Marvel comic that I don't recall the title of offhand. Clever, surreal stuff.

Brian Barnes said...

David, that was a giant-sized issue of Werewolf by Night. I love get the chance to mention that comic!

I love how fluid Everett's style can be. If you look at both the Venus story and his pre-code Atlas horror work, it's obviously Everett, but he is able to mold his style to the genre. Really a master.

Unknown said...

And Bill Everett Plainly knew how to show strength in women. And was STILL able to do the fearful look. Everett was a master!