Well anyway, much of Caniff's work is worthy of the praise generally bestowed on it, and it was a treat to be able to follow Steve Canyon from its beginning in a library of affordable, beautifully produced square-bound magazines that came out on a bi-monthly schedule. Besides the obvious attraction of Caniff's work, it was Peter Poplaski, as editor/art director, that gave 'sex appeal' to each magazine. Poplaski's graphic design for the covers were bold, colorful and dynamic—seducing me into buying each and every issue. Here's a batch of them:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Bold, Colorful & Dynamic
Milton Caniff was sort of a boyhood hero of mine, though I look back on his prodigious output of work and admit that, while some work is truly great, some of his work is almost repulsive. What a thing to admit about a hero, but some of his characters and storylines were awkward, usually when romance was involved, and he had a lot of romance tangled in his stories, he said, because it was mom and pop who bought the newspapers, not the kids.