As a komiks collector, I know for a fact that comic art has a distinctive quality in it that firmly identifies its artist. Like painting, there are some specific things to be considered in identifying an art, the brush/pen strokes, cross-hatchings, a certain tilting of the figure, paneling, montage, shadowings, a certain look of the faces of the characters, etc. Hence, a person familiar with comic art of several artists can, with little effort, identify an art done by a particular artist even though in komiks art there have been some artists who imitated certain strong artists like Redondo or Coching.
For instance, one can easily differentiate a Coching with a Javinal art, even though to the unfamiliar, the two artworks may seem too much alike. Yet, there is still a great difference, and one must possess a keen eye on recognizing the tell-tale unioqueness of a Coching with a Javinal art.
As a regular feature of this blog, I will post, from time to time, a comic art, and let the viewers guess who its artist is. Since komiks artists only sign their names on the first page of the komiks originals, and the remaining 2-5 pages unsigned, it is highly important that a komiks collector identify properly an unsigned page.
The art featured above is one of my favorite pieces in my collection of original komiks art. My scanner, as with almost everyone else's, is too small to fit the entire page, so you get to see only a cropped version.
In this amazing page, the artist takes you right in the middle of a fierce battle scene, and you could almost hear the barbarians' yelling and the horses' hooves thumping. This is a splash page from one of my favorite komiks-novels in the early 1980s. Can you guess its artist?
The answer soon on my next post.