Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Al Williamson - 1931 - 2010...

A Classic Comic Illustrator...

Hi Guys,

I learnt on Monday afternoon that the world of American Comic Books lost another great artisan yesterday, with the passing of the legendary EC artist, Al Williamson.

I was never lucky enough to meet the man, himself, but know that my great friend and fellow comic writer and artist, John Ridgway had and spoke very highly of the man.

He leaves behind a wealth of great artwork and I can only hope that someone publishes all of his work as a series of books showcasing this incredibly delineated artwork. For me he was the ultimate in black and white draughtsmanship. His lush backgrounds have been an enormous influence on my own work, when producing jungle scenes, alien landscapes and incredible lost cities and for that I will be ever grateful for the opportunity to see his artwork in print over many years.

Like I said only a few weeks back, when discussing the sad passing of Frank Frazetta, his work makes him immortal and Al’s work is up there with Frank’s and Roy Krenkel’s. It was their drawing from the school of thought of the great illustrators of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century that inspired their own work.

The page of artwork I have chosen to show is typical of the work he produced throughout his career, although in later life he is known for his inking of other people’s artwork. The page is taken from a story written by Archie Goodwin, entitled Relic and appeared in Marvel’s full colour, Epic Illustrated Magazine, cover dated, December 1984.

I have to admit I have always loved seeing his work in black and white, as I felt he was the consummate black and white comic artist of the illustrative kind, and a master craftsman. It was what first drew me to the work of John Ridgway back in the early eighties, when I first saw John's work and from then on placed his work in the same category.

God Speed, Mr Williamson, I wonder if Heaven is as neat a place as the world’s you imagined for us all here on Earth?

Until next time, have fun!

Tim Perkins…
June 15th 2010


King Viswa said...

Al Williamson - R.I.P.

THE greatest Artist.

As somebody who has grown up with Agent X9, he was right up there in my fav artists.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi there,

Thanks for dropping by.

Yes, he was an incredibly talented artist and storyteller.

I think anyone that admires great art will love his work.

Best Wishes,

Bob Andelman said...

Learn more about legendary comics artist Al Williamson in this Mr. Media interview with his friend and artist Mark Schultz, in which he discusses the book Al Williamson’s Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic.

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Bob,

Thanks for sending through the link.

I was only looking at this on Monday evening.

My Blogger Buddy and fellow comic artist Peter Richardson, has some nice stuff over on his Blog too. He has been looking at a lot of Al's work over the past few months.

You can check his Blog out by clicking on the link on the side of my Blog, under Favourite Fellow Bloggers.

Thanks again for dropping by.

Best Wishes,

Rafiq Raja said...

A nice tribute page for the occassion, Tim.

Indeed a great loss to the comics fraternity, coming close on the heel of Frank.

Al Williamson would always be remembered for the fantasy art he did for Flash Gordon, and his own creation, Secret Agent X9.

He was truly a master of shadow and line art, much like how Frank was a master of oil paintings. RIP AW.

By the way, what is the name of your buddy, Peter Richardson's blog ? Lazy to click around your fellow bloggers list :)

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Rafiq,

Thanks for the kind words.

The Blog in question is Cloud 109 and is the second one on my list here.

Thanks for dropping by.

Best Wishes,