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Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book art “star,” someone whose work I absolutely love.
I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of JH Williams, Frank Quitely and Darwyn Cooke? Here‘s the archive of the artists mentioned so far!
Here’s an Argentinian (is it seriously Argentine rather than Argentinian?) artist who I keep waiting for DC or Marvel to give a high profile book to (unless Hellblazer counts, in which case he’s already had a high profile book, but still, he needs one NOW).
Okay, off the bat, yes, I get it, Marcelo Frusin’s art looks like his fellow artist from Argentina, Eduardo Risso. I get it. Doesn’t mean that Frusin is not an exceptional artist in his own regard because, well, he is.
His artwork conveys mood and drama without ever sacrificing storytelling, and it adds together for a great total package.
His first big book was doing Hellblazer with Brian Azzarello (although his first issue was a fill-in while Warren Ellis was still doing the book – he came on to the book full-time, though, with Azzarello. Still, do note that this first page is from the Ellis-penned issue).
Here are some pages…
You are obligated by law to appreciate his use of negative space here!
After Hellblazer, Frusin went with Brian Azzarello to a new title, Loveless, where he kept up the dark style while never sacrificing storytelling in the least. You know, actually, who Frusin reminds me of a bit? Norm Breyfogle. What do you think?
Here’s another Western tale, from a Vertigo one-shot…
What’s amazing about all these pages is that you can actually BUY them here.
Finally, Frusin got a shot at a really high profile title when he did last year’s Wolverine Annual.
It, naturally, looked amazing.
Speaking of amazing, here are some of Frusin’s striking cover work for Loveless. He is one of those rare artists who can draw great sequentials AND also draw striking cover work.
Here’s Frusin’s work blog, where he shares art from whatever he’s working on.
Like, for instance, a page from the Wolverine Annual…
or a cover to a French project he’s doing (he’s painting the art this time!)…
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