PRODUCER/WRITER Michael Uslan on his SPIRIT BLACK AND WHITE story
Thu, 06/03/2010 - 8:00am
It's quite rare in this day and age for me to get excited about the artwork in a particular comic book story. It happened to me when I saw my first Golden Age Captain America comic as Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's art tore through panel borders and leaped directly at me. I witnessed it in those nine panel cinematic pages by Steve Ditko in the '60's. I was shaken up by it when I bought Spectre #2 in the Silver Age and saw the work of some guy named Neal Adams who then continued to push the envelope of graphic story-telling through his every Deadman page. I was captivated by it when Jim Steranko took comic book art to an entirely different level in SHIELD and Captain America.
And right now this very minute, I'm looking at the third issue of THE SPIRIT and am dazzled by some of the best and most contemporary graphic story-telling I have seen in decades. I can't help but get excited. I believe that I have seen the next super-star in the comic book industry and his name is Justiniano. His design and art in our "Spirit Black & White" story, "Fifteen Minutes of Fame," (yes, today's salute to Will's "Ten Minutes") shows not simply what he is capable of using black and white to its natural artistic maximum, but that he is my Neal Adams- Jim Steranko break-through artist of 2010.
I discovered how special a talent he was when he illustrated our three issue "Spirit" story arc a year ago and, since then, while he's been drawing... innovating, actually... this story for SPIRIT #3. The last time I worked with an artist like this was when I did "The Question" with Alex Toth, a story also in black and white that wound up in the hardback DC Archives book, ACTION HEROES ARCHIVES, Volume 2.
Fellow fan-boys, I really want to bring to your attention this man's work. Fans who vote for the yearly big awards in the comic book industry should not overlook his black and white gem. His name is Justiniano and he's one damn good artist.