Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.)
…Face it, most of the time I just want to showcase an old comic book, with or without commentary, and this will be the forum. I grew up with comic books in what is historically the Silver Age (1956-1970) and Bronze Age (1970-1985) of comics, and have a deep affection and professional respect for the creators of that era—fueling my own tenure in comic books as a designer/editor in the early-1990s, and shaping my tastes as an art director overall. I still collect comic books, though much of what is produced today hardly meets the standards that the over-abused and under-appreciated Masters of the past rendered so effortlessly, or should I say professionally. You will find them here, very much appreciated….
Zongo Comics (Bongo Entertainment), 1995 issue, #1
Illustration and Design: Gary Panter (b. 1950)
The continuing adventures of Panter’s erstwhile alter ego dating back to full-page newspaper strips in L.A.’s seminal alt-rock newspaper, SLASH, and in self-published comics, RAW magazine, and up to the present day in decorative, hard-bound volumes like Jimbo in Purgatory or Jimbo’s Inferno (and more self-published comics as well) and any other venue that will entertain punk’s existential avatar. Plus, for all the post-apocalyptic chaos going on around him, even transcending time and space, Jimbo remains—like his creator—a nice guy.
February 1973 issue, #58
Illustration: Gil Kane (1926-2000) pencils, and Bill Everett (1917-1973), inks
A wonderful combination of two comics masters—the elastic and spectaculary dynamic Gil Kane (best Spider-Man artist after Steve Ditko) and the Golden Age legend, the liquid-smooth Bill Everett, creator of the merman avenger and iconic Marvel anti-hero, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner, back in 1939 (predating the debut of Aquaman by two years). Everett also inked the issue’s interior story art (for several issues Everett had returned to his seminal creation as a scripter and artist, a highpoint during the character’s 72-issue run in this particular series—1968-1974—halted only by the artist’s untimely death at age 55).