Thursday, July 24, 2003

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Also, BSBdG's to Thriller artist Trevor Von Eeden. Von Eeden started working for DC at the ripe old age of 16, co-creating and illustrating several issues of their Black Lightning character before moving on to Green Arrow and Black Canary and various Batman stories, all the time developing his expressionistic style and making a name for himself as one of the hottest artists of the early 80s...until he collaborated with Robert Loren Fleming on a brand new book, Thriller, where he really cut loose but the daunting, complicated narrative, combined with some hit-and-miss experimentation of TVE's part, polarized many readers who were accustomed to a less involved reading experience. Their stint only lasted eight issues, after which TVE went into a period of disallusionment with both his work and the comics biz in general. Throughout the 80s and 90s, he did sporadic jobs for both DC, mostly on Bat-books, Milestone Comics, Black Canary's early 90s solo title, and Neal Adams' short-lived Continuity Comics line. It was all fine work, but lacked the panache of his Thriller stuff.

Still, he's recently become re-energized in regards to his work, he tells me, and has recently done illustrations for Moonstone Comics' Mysterious Traveler and Kolchak books. It will be interesting to see what comes next for this former prodigy and heck of a nice guy. The above is a comissioned drawing of the two titles he's most associated with: Batman and Thriller's Seven Seconds. Wish it had been for me!