Joe Kubert was another of my comix heroes to have delineated ERB characters for DC way back when. And so of course, when I had the chance, I really wanted him to depict a grande femme from the ERB canon. And who better than La, High Priestess of the Sun Temple of Opar?
Kubert's female renditions have a quality all their own, dating back to the early Hawkgirl, that I'd always admired. So it was a real thrill to sit and watch him swirl this drawing into existence. Many of his drawings of women show them in distress, weeping, hurting, needing rescue—a very sad view of women. But those of his renditions showing women as strong, decisive, independent persons are my highest favorites.
With a long and wonderful career, Joe Kubert is the grand old master of comicdom, the highest order of instructors, the Dumbledore of mentors. He is a great guy.
I have other originals of Joe's that I will post some other time.
This time I was able to sit with him to watch the drawing develop (very quickly—he was fast). We talked a bit while he was drawing, and then he agreed to meet later, to sell me some more of his art and talk some more. I will post about that another time.
I was thrilled with his drawing, showing more of a Gil Kane style than most of the published comic book art does, since all that was inked by others. It was his idea to show more of Dejah Thoris than could ever be seen in the comics. The very next day I came down with the flu, and in my delerium I was transfixed with the drawing and fever dreamed a Barsoomian adventure.
The Marvel run of John Carter wasn't the best interpretation, but there were high points (especially Infantino's later involvement). But Kane's stuff was always great to see, as he put such style to it, drawing much of what he did straight from his imagination.
Above shows how I probably sounded in my flu delerium, although I don't think they were pleaful cries—gawd I hope not.
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My name is Thom Buchanan.
I'm an artist and photographer.
People are my favorite subjects to portray in art and photos. My wife (and studio partner) has called that my 'people skills', as I've been passionately creating portrait studies for many years.
I refer to myself as a pictorialist, a combination of image-making and journalist. Images are my life.