Saturday, March 31, 2007
I just found out a few days ago that comic book illustrator/artist Marshall Rogers died last week at the age of 57. This one kind of took me by surprise on how it saddened me to hear the news as he was one of the artists that I admired growing up in the seventies.
I remember being about 11 or 12 years old when I got a copy of Detective Comics and was blown away by the art work. It was Roger's and Neil Adams that changed everything for me as far as comics were concerned; they brought a sense of realism that wasn't being seen at the time. Marshall had this great way of portraying the city and it was as much of a character as Batman and the Joker were. These stories had Batman as a more cerebral type than the dark, gothic tough guy that Frank Miller made popular and I'd have to guess that even Frank had to be somewhat inspired by Marshall Rogers. Or, at least I hope so.
Here's a quick sketch to one of the guys that took me to a new level of inspiration.