Analysis Of John Was An American Comic Book Artist Essay

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John was an American comic book artist known for his work with EC Comic on Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Marvel Comics on war and western comics, and a 45 year stint with the magazine Cracked. He was also one of the founding artists of Mad in 1952. Severin was insucted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 before passing away in 2012.

Severin’s strongest aspects of this piece are framing, line work, and detail. The framing is successful with the archway in the foreground of the environment. This black arch frames the whole piece. Within the arch, the skeletons create a secondary framing device, calling attention to the men on the stains. The immense detail in the skeletons allow them to work with the top arch in creating a cohesive frame while not getting muddled. The line work in this piece is all directional in hatching. The detail is successful in the texture in the foreground elements, but looses interest when the environment is obscured in the right part of the middle ground. While this helps differentiate between the foreground elements and the middle ground elements, and still seems that a lack of effort was put into the middle ground when compared to the foreground. Overall, this composition abides by the rule of thirds, foreground, middle ground, and background separation, and interesting lighting.

The strongest aspects of this piece are line consistency and direction, framing, and texture. Every line in this piece has the same…

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