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Joe Staton did the accompanying piece for an upcoming comiccon. I'm sorry, but I can't recall WHICH one, but if you can find his Facebook page, you'll get the info. \:\)

Enjoy! \:\)



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Daveym 

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A very nice callback to his work on the series in the late 70s!
Joe Staton is one of my great favourites of the 70s and 80s era of comics, particularly for his Green Lantern work, though I am pleased to see he has managed to pull back on the more cartoonish elements of his style for this convention piece. By the time he came to illustrate Guy Gardner's series in the early 90s his artstyle was developing in ways I wasn't entirely liking... but perhaps some of it comes down to what inker he is paired with as well. A good finisher can make all the difference in the world. A shame in a way that his contributions to DC Comics are unrecognised and unlauded, but then this is nothing unique to him as the equally prolific likes of Don Heck, Bob Brown, Irv Norvick, and Dick Dillin are largely forgotten today as well.





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There were a couple of SIlver/Bronze age artists whom I was generally no fan of, but who when they had the right assignments, completely blossomed and produced magnificent work.  For the most part Staton's cartoony style didn't appeal to me (and certainly not on Green Lantern), but his work on the JSA and on E-Man are among the best of the era.


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Aside form his unrecognised gift for design One of the reasons I appreciated Joe Staton's Green Lantern was in his ability to lend Hal and other Lanterns body language, Joe is about the only artist to work on the character who thought about that and created for himself a different approach to show how the Power Ring could be used, how it didn't have to be a clenched fist but an open and relaxed hand that could operate the Ring, and that is an idiosyncrasy unique to him, a different way in which Green Lantern could be presented.
His work was refined with Bruce Patterson inking and I think for myself that was the peak of his form, he had created the memorable design for The Huntress, and the Star Sapphire, and he created new designs for the earthbased Corps, most memorably Guy Gardners now trademark costume.

But put in the simplest terms... I just like the mans work! \(yes\)





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Superman's Pal

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I'm with you on this. I liked a lot of his earlier stuff and didn't like the more cartoonish later stuff. I liked his All-Star Comics and Green Lantern but Millennium not as much. I liked Guy Gardner Reborn but not his work on the ongoing. Although he did a couple of pages and pinups later on in the series that I liked. I didn't follow the inkers and they may have made the difference.

I actually have a couple of pages of Mr. Staton's original art from Green Lantern.




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    I'm with you on this. I liked a lot of his earlier stuff and didn't like the more cartoonish later stuff. I liked his All-Star Comics and Green Lantern but Millennium not as much. I liked Guy Gardner Reborn but not his work on the ongoing. Although he did a couple of pages and pinups later on in the series that I liked. I didn't follow the inkers and they may have made the difference.

It may be the Inkers, I have noticed with Carmine Infantino's 1980s work for instance that it tends to be noticably improved when finished by others than himself, but with Staton's development in the ealy 90s the changes in his style come from him, and it is difficult to know why he went this way as it must have surely damaged his desirability. Herb Trimpe's shift in style at this time was even worse though... Staton was pursuing a deliberately more cartoonish style, Trimpe was pursuing a giggle by parodying the worst of what Marvel was putting out as 'art' with Rob Liefeld and the likes of Mark Pacella.

But let us bear in mind with Staton that he really was a terrific artist and could mold his style to fit the requirements at hand - that marvellous testament that was Green Lantern #192 where to tell Carol Ferriss' story he apes the styles of just about every Green Lantern artist to have worked on the book up to that point.


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    I actually have a couple of pages of Mr. Staton's original art from Green Lantern.

Sounds very nice, but I rarely see any! There was a window where pages from his Green Lantern Corps run came up on e-bay, but the condition of them was appalling, covered in footprints and muck. I do have a couple of pages from that era myself but his initial GL run I have never seen available...






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    But let us bear in mind with Staton that he really was a terrific artist and could mold his style to fit the requirements at hand - that marvellous testament that was Green Lantern #192 where to tell Carol Ferriss' story he apes the styles of just about every Green Lantern artist to have worked on the book up to that point.

I'm actually not familiar with that specific issue and now I want to look it up!


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      I actually have a couple of pages of Mr. Staton's original art from Green Lantern.

    Sounds very nice, but I rarely see any! There was a window where pages from his Green Lantern Corps run came up on e-bay, but the condition of them was appalling, covered in footprints and muck. I do have a couple of pages from that era myself but his initial GL run I have never seen available...

I should clarify that I actually have a page from Green Lantern Corps and one from Guy Gardner Reborn. I got them about 3-4 years ago, they are in fine condition. At the time, according to Staton's official site, the majority of his GL related pages were unavailable for sale because they were being displayed at some museum. I don't know their current status.

It's sad to hear that there is any original art out there in such terrible condition.




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