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Subj: Re: Joe Staton's JSA
Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 at 08:51:49 am EDT (Viewed 2018 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Joe Staton's JSA
Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 at 12:29:23 am EDT (Viewed 1925 times)

    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.

    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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