Sunday, July 11, 2010

StarHawks—Gideon's Vision—49

And with this post, so ends the StarHawks arc of what I've been calling Gideon's Vision. It also marks the end of the double tier format that Gil Kane took great advantage of for his dynamic layouts. From this point StarHawks reverts to a daily single strip, with few papers printing it. Even in a reduced single strip format, Kane's art is brilliant.

I could post that next arc sometime as well, if I thought enough people were interested. But this blog's viewership has dwindled during this series. With the next post I will get back to some serious eyecandy.
Okay Joe—NOW you can start reading!!!

11 comments:

joe bloke said...

RESULT!

it's a shame that your numbers went down while this was running, Thomas. I'd've thought there'd be a lot more interest, but, hey, maybe you could run the next arc as a kinda weekly thing? or not. ah, well, what're you gonna do?

all I gots to say, chum, is: THANK YOU! this is gonna be SUCH a treat, for me. now, if you'll excuse me. . .

M. D. Jackson said...

This has been amazing, Thom. I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and dedication in sharing these. I don't think I would have never seen them otherwise.

This has been a real treat.

Paul Allan Ballard said...

Really interesting. Enjoyed these a lot. Fascinating how the storytelling worked with the newspaper limitations. Curious how that changes with the single row ones.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Glad to make it happen guys. The more I look at these strips, panel by panel, the more I yearn for a quality coffee table book of this series. I've heard that the book that did come out had some quality issues. Anybody have experience with that book?

So, Joe whadya think about the arc?

MD, thanks for knowing how much work was involved in getting these posted.

Paul, one way or the other I'm gonna post those single tier strips, even if it's just the four of us enjoying em.

Kinsman of the Dragon said...

I sure would like to see more, too...
I love this strip.
When I was a kid, Star Hawks was published in a French tv guide called "télé poche" and, like you, I kept all the strips published there. It was full page and in color. Ah...the memories...

Keep up the good work!
and thanks for sharing this arc that I didn't know.

cloudmover said...

It's more than you four enjoying these strips Thomas.

Gil Kane is one of my favorite artists and I'm thankful you took the time to post these spectacular examples of his work.

Of course these strips would have looked better if Klaus Janson or Bill Everett inked them but, that's a discussion for another day. ;)

joe bloke said...

Thomas, that was fantastic, man. I can't thank you enough. it's a rare thing these days that I bump into anything by Kane that I haven't read before ( guess that's just one of the crap things about getting older, huh? ), but you did it for me! once again, thank you.

as for the collection they released, it was awful. I picked it up and had a leaf through it once, but the reproductions were tiny, pretty much unreadable, exactly the same problem as with the Art of Gil Kane book they released years ago. when are they going to get around to releasing a nice big old coffee table book of Kane's art, give him the treatment he deserves? best I know the only decent "trade" release of Kane was that Marvel Visionaries book ( which IS lovely, but, as the title suggests, only concerned with the Marvel stuff ). ah, we live and dream, 'ey. . ?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for running these 49 episodes. I LOVE this comic strip but saw only about the first year's woth (and most of those from two paperback books near the time of their appearance). Not only did you NOT lose my while you posted these, but I checked the site three times a day so that I could read everything as it was posted. Good job!

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Yay, thanks for letting me know, Anon. I love it when it all works out like that.

Glen Story said...

Thanks so much for posting these! Somehow, I never even heard of this strip. Excellent work by Kane! I'm always impressed by his composition and layout.

Looking forward to the next arc!

Glen

Unknown said...

Thomas,

I'm a relative newcomer to this blog. After surfing it for awhile, I started at the beginning, and have been working my way forward. I love Gil Kane's work, and agree with you that Star Hawks brought out the best in him. I've really enjoyed reading the Star Hawks continuity for the last few days. Many thanks for posting them.

James Chatterton