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MRE1957's picture
Posted by: MRE1957 | April 29, 2014

It's alright ma, I'm only bleeding.

Usually I'm not a big fan of D. Bruce Berry's inking but this is certainly one of his best pages. The blacks are spotted well and there is a good use of thicks and thins. However, when you zoom in, you will see the edge of every line (even the panel borders) isn't sharp and smooth. Would like to know what could account for that.

Tom Kraft's picture
Posted by: Tom Kraft | April 29, 2014

bad paper

Jack bought his own bristol board at the time. DC did not provide it. Jack bought cheap quality paper that had a porous surface. When using a crow pen, the ink would spread and bleed.

Mike Royer used to iron the boards before inking in an attempt to minimize the problem.

MRE1957's picture
Posted by: MRE1957 | April 29, 2014

Makes sense to me.

Thanks Tom. I can see how doing that would harden the surface and make it smoother. Too bad the ironing trick wasn't passed on to Berry from Royer.

And the fact that Mike thought creatively to solve this problem elevates him, to me, as one of the top embellishers of all time.

Mike T's picture
Posted by: Mike T | April 29, 2014

Bloody Lines

I'd say that he must have used a mechanical pen and cut through the paper on every line and edge he did. (But if anybody else has another explanation, I'm all ears.)

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