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This is the limit. Perfection in every way. Writing, pencils and inks. The inking on this page is just too much.
Angel is one of the greatest characters in the history of comics. He's a junior ORION he is. The Rawhide Kid would
curl up in a fetal position if he ever came face to face with The fallen Angel.
For myself, I've never been overly enamored with the picket-fence inking technique that was used so extensively in the S&K studio during this period. I don't dislike it, though. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And at first glance this seems to be a fairly static, dialogue-heavy scene -- similar in its presentation to the material Jack and Joe were doing on the romance comics of the time. The thing is, if you actually READ the page, it's tremendously compelling...and really makes you want to see what happens next!
Lot's of dialogue, but for me that's a plus; I love Kirby's writing. Static isn't a word I'd use for this page. The beats of the "camera" are like a conga-line and that last wordless panel is classic. You can hear the table and chair legs squeaking on the wooden floor and the scrambling sound of boots and leather.
The dialogue sets the scene perfectly and Jack's camera work is superb. By "static" I just meant that it's relatively actionless (except for the final panel).
...that's noteworthy about this page is how much individual character each of the bit-players has. Almost every cowboy has a distinctive appearance -- right down to the type of hat he's wearing. The lack of generic uniformity in the look of the entire cast is another mark of a really good artist.
C'mon Johnny boy--No one did talking heads as good as Jack. What you say is action-less doesn't mean it lacks drama. It's a nice build up to set that last panel up.
"Drama" is the right word, for sure!
Good observation. I should have waited to see this before my, "aaand ACTION!", post.
...you and Patrick were right on the money.