365 Reasons to Love Comics #317
I’m very very sorry for continually slacking off with this column. I seem to be suffering from an acute case of lethargy. Fear not! All 365 shall be completed by the end of the year. I swear.
Today, let’s discuss a brilliant artist whom we all surely miss dearly. (Archive.)
317. Seth Fisher
God, I miss Seth Fisher. He was all set to be the next big thing, but he sadly passed away before he truly hit stardom. He did, however, leave behind a vibrantly crazy body of work that will be fondly remembered.
I’d characterize Fisher’s art style as one filled with a manic energy, a delicate but solid line, and a terrific attention to detail, like Geof Darrow by way of Mike Allred, if you will. His work would’ve made a lovely video game or cartoon. His penchant for drawing the absurd and strange quickly brought him to my attention, and made me a fan for life.
You can find the work of Seth Fisher in the graphic novels Flash: Time Flies, with writer John Rozum, and Green Lantern: Willworld, with J.M. DeMatteis. In both, Fisher’s art brings surreal environments and ludicrous civilizations to life with his smooth and zany style. Willworld, especially, becomes extremely bizarre and increasingly dreamlike as it goes on, but Fisher pulls it off with aplomb.
He also contributed two issues’ worth of art to the John Arcudi-penned volume of Doom Patrol, taking us back to the day-glo era of the Silver Age group but with a weird twist. His love of drawing ridiculous monsters really shined in this story, and would crop up later with his work at Marvel. He also did Vertigo Pop: Tokyo around this time, drawn entirely out of his love for Japanese culture.
Monsters and Japan collided in Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan, Fisher’s last major work. Written by Zeb Wells, it was basically a pop explosion of epic proportions, taking our favorite heroes into the crazy realm of Japanese adventure and throwing all sorts of goofy and awesome monsters and creatures at the readers. The art was utterly gorgeous in this, enhanced by his terrific sense of design. Check out an image of it at the top of the post. This baby is now collected in trade.
I also need to mention Batman: Snow, a Legends of the Dark Knight arc that finally brought readers’ attentions back to that title. Written by Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III (the folks who brought us Chase!), it chronicled an early adventure of Batman’s and introduced the support staff he could’ve had. It too is in trade, and you should all go out and buy it.
Seth’s name has popped up again in comics news, as an art show of his work was recently held at Secret Headquarters. Read more on that from The Beat or this Fisher blog. Along with the show came new material from the desk of Seth Fisher in the form of mini-comics. Hunt them down if you can.
Seth Fisher was as wacky in person as he was on the page, and beloved by everyone who knew him. His work captivated me from the very start, and I’ll certainly miss him.
For more Seth Fisher artworky goodness, visit his website. And for a remembrance of him, you can check out this Wizard article. Yes, I’m actually linking to something on Wizard that is not pure evil. Enjoy.