David Pescovitz at 9:16 am Fri, Jan 11, 2013
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The world's finest portrait artist Drew Friedman's take on comics legend Jack Kirby.
Evan Dorkin speaks on behalf of Jack Kirby.
O.K., Drew Friedman’s portrait of Jack Kirby is better than mine, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pip_r_lagenta/4212941666/
but I created mine years ago. If Drew Friedman is going to catch up to me, he still has a lot of work to do. Where is Drew Friedman’s portrait of Octavia E. Butler? I ask you!
That’s a terrific painting!!
He’s a two-fisted thinker!
I didn’t know Friedman was capable of non-venomous portraiture!
Even back in his purely black and white days, Drew Friedman was heavy-handed to say the least. His more recent colorized illustrations completely lack subtlety and break through into the world of the ham-fisted. I really think he should have allowed his career to come to an end after his bombastic Tor Johnson portraits. And why has Friedman put Jack Kirby in a kind of “grand universe” setting? It makes Kirby look like Wernher Van Braun. Throwing around phrases such as “world’s finest portrait artist” doesn’t make it so.
Do you know anything about Jack Kirby or his career or his particular focus on “cosmic” heroes?
My opinion on Friedman has changed a couple of times. I now take his works on their individual merits. I’ll agree he’s generally a fine portrait artist, but this one doesn’t do it for me. It looks like Nixon, and I don’t think Mr. Kirby wanted to be Tricky Dick.
I didn’t know Jack had such a colossal head.
I like it. It’s pretty restrained for Friedman, and shows Kirby in a contemplative mood, which is pretty rare if not unheard of among artistic portrayals of him (including self-portraits).
Dunno who Friedman is so I’m just taking it as it’s own picture. I like it.
looks like Stan Lee… just sayin’
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