Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Dreamy Splash Pages Pt. 2
It's unfortunate that Mort Meskin wasn't give more cover assignments in the late 40s and early 50s because he was on top of his game. I'm certain that he would have excelled as a cover artist as he was the master of the splash page. This splash page, from the final story in Strange World of Your Dreams #3, shows just how talented he was at laying out a page. The tilt he gives to the tower, creates a sense of vertigo in the reader. The figures in the foreground are dwarfed by the tower, and yet still seem dynamic. You can really see the influence he had on Ditko - as this page has both Dr. Strange and a Charlton horror vibe to it. The premise behind many of the stories in this series is that they are based on actual reader submissions. I've never understood how that work for a first issue - but I'm not one to questions the likes of Simon & Kirby. Meskin is amazing - 'nuff said.