Saturday, December 6, 2008
There Are Monsters and There Are Angels
Supergirl meets Angel and the Ape
20.32 x 27.94 cm (8.50 x 11.00 in.)
Red pencil, red roller ball ink, black India ink Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen-B on paper.
For no apparent reason, I've been drawing more Supergirl stuff in my sketchbook these last couple of months, that may yet turn into some sort of story pitch.
Having settled on this long haired, puffy sleeve design, my attention has turned to the second major aspect of my ideal Supergirl comic book or cartoon series: guest stars.
Here the Maid of Might meets detective duo of Angel and Sam Simian, apparently at the end of what one must assume was a comical chain of events involving a mis-behaving wolf-man.
The unusual pair of Angel and the Ape had a short running series in the late 1968-69 (7 issues), a shorter series in 1991 (4 issues) and a third as recent as 2001 (4 issues)*. I've not read either of the last two series, but the 2001 series featured Howard Chaykin as writer and covers by Arthur Adams. It's the first series that I'm familiar, with a tongue-in-cheek tone, loaded with puns and convenient situations to have Angel in a mini skirt. It features the artistic talents of Wally Wood (EC Comics, MAD Magazine) and Bob Oksner (inker on Supergirl; "Ah ha" you may have said). This type of humor plays better for me with snappy animation, so the bigger payoff for me are the Oksner covers and the segments featuring at least his inks if not both his pencils and inks.
With that connection, the proper story featuring these characters MUST involve the ageless story gimmick of (Shakespeare liked it) the mistaken identity. ...and hilarity ensues.
* as researched in the Comic Book Database (http://www.comicbookdb.com/index.php).
Supergirl, Angel, Sam Simian © DC Comics