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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Alan Weiss

Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

Today, we have the pick of Norm Breyfogle, who is one of the most notable artists Batman has ever had, drawing the book during one of the peak periods in Batman’s popularity (late 1980s/early 1990s). Breyfogle also helped create the flagship title of the Ultraverse, Prime. He’s still hard at work doing comics – just check out his website here to learn more!

Norm’s pick is Alan Weiss.

Alan Weiss broke in at DC Comics in the early 70s, but soon moved to Marvel, where he did work on a number of titles.

Here are some of them…

Captain America…

Amazing Spider-Man…

Iron Man…

For Epic, he wrote and drew Steelgrip Starkey…

He worked with Jim Shooter at Defiant Comics, doing the art on The Good Guys and creating his own title, War Dancer…

The most recent work I saw from Weiss in comics was some Young Tom Strong stories in the Tom Strong spin-off Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales…

Weiss is now, and has always been, a very strong storyteller, as these pages clearly show. He also has a nice, detailed style to boot.

Here‘s his website.

Thanks to Norm for the pick!

11 Comments

I’m surprised Brian– you didn’t mention one of the more significant (and/or infamous) achievements of Weiss– he was drafted by DC to switch over the Shazam! characters (Captain Marvel et al) from the cartoony CC Beck style to a more realistic modern comics style.

http://www.comics.org/details.lasso?id=32026

Whenever I hear Alan Weiss mentioned I’m reminded of this Avengers cover, which disturbed me greatly as a kid:

http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=36014&zoom=4

There are so many things wrong I can’t count.

Weiss did some crackerjack work on the 1968 volume of Sub-Mariner. It’s a tough act to fill in for Bill Everett, and of course to do so means one less issue by the legendary BE, which is a never a good thing; however, Weiss did do a phenomenal job when called on to do the work. It’s worth checking out if anyone is interested in seeing more Weiss.

Alan Weiss. There’s a name out of the past I hadn’t heard for a while. His work didn’t show up often when I was a reading comics as a kid, but I remember always liking it when it did.

Man, I’d completely forgotten about Steelgrip Sharkey.

Thanks for this post, Brian. I’ve been a Weiss fan since whenever it was I first saw his work. Like many of the 70s artists I’ve enjoyed, though, I still wish Weiss had done more regular work. It always seemed to me that he stayed on a title for very short periods. Judging by the indexed books at the GCD, I wonder if the reason for that was his work pace, lifelong freelancer or …?

Sorry – not feeling the love on this one. I remember finding his art on Tom Strong really ugly. The older pages aren’t so bad, but I can’t see anything great about them either.

Norm Breyfogle on the other hand….

kaleb the hammer

June 23, 2009 at 9:15 am

I loved his work on Avengers as well (two issues with the Silver Surfer). His covers were glorious, too (especially for the Amazing Spider-man issue above and Shazam (I think #34))

kaleb the hammer

June 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

Oops, should have looked at the links, both the Shazam AND Avengers are mentioned. Sorry, guys

There is a looseness and detail to his figures that has always reminded me a little of Don Newton (a compliment as Newton has always been one of my favourite under-rated artists).

I’d make an “All-Purpose Power Tool” joke, but I’m sure they were all made 20+ years ago.

And I can’t imagine for the life of me any good reason that I’ve never read TOM STRONG. Every page I’ve seen looks awesome.

I collected comics featuring Alan Weiss art as a kid in the 70s. He was all over working with the best new comic artists. The famous fanzine STAR STUDDED COMICS featured lots of strips by Alan. He was inked by Wrightson and also penciled a panel in the first SWAMP THING story. He inked Howie Chaytkins first Sword of Sorcerary cover. Alan did sporatic inks on Jim Starlins WARLOCK and penciled the last unpublished issue. He was all over the place in the CRUSTY BUNKERS and worked for years NEAL ADAMS assistant. Neal collaborated with him, inking Alan’s SOLOMON KANE story in KULL and the BARBARIANS #2. He had a mystery story inked RALPH REESE and another by TONY DEZUNIGA (this one appeared in the same comic as the first SWAMP THING). Alan wrote and draw 2 stories for WARREN’s back and whites. He penciled THE BRUTE #3 for ATLAS comics. He was all over the place, but had a reputation for being bad with deadlines. Always a great artist but he never really connected with a regular gig.

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