“Jack Cole and Plastic Man,” is an article about Jack Cole and his art technique on his star feature, Plastic Man. The article is written by Art Spiegelman, who also painted Plastic Man on the cover of the April 14, 1999 New Yorker magazine. Speigelman is the recipient of some distinguished prizes for his two volume Maus graphic novels, including a Pulitzer. The guy knows his comic art.
Speigelman mostly concentrates on Jack Cole’s ability to draw by stretching (literally) his imagination. The main focus is on Plastic Man, with a reference and examples also to his famous True Crime story, “Murder, Morphine and Me.” Some pages in The New Yorker are reproduced in color and sandwiched in with the usually gray-type and long-winded articles of the venerable magazine. While the magazine nowadays occasionally uses super heroes for their gag cartoons, only this issue had one on the cover. In 2001 the article was expanded and released as a book with the same title as the magazine article, Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched to Their Limits. The book is still available on Amazon.com.
I chose “The King of Zing” because it is full of funny stretchy stuff. It also has a stretch I had not seen before. On the next-to-last page Plastic Man stretches his forehead back so his eyes come out from behind his goggles. Cole could come up with such interesting sight gags.
From Plastic Man #9 (1947):