Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Gil Kane Punch of the Week

I've been doing some research this week on Gil Kane, and this research has led me to a very important conclusion:

No one could draw someone getting punched like Gil Kane could.

Gil Kane's punches were dynamic, exploding out of the page with a sense of power, drama, and action that is unmatched. So, to honor one of the greatest superhero artists in the history of the genre, I'm going to start a regular feature called "The Gil Kane Punch of the Week."

Here's the first entry:

From Green Lantern 68, art by Kane and Joe Giella, story by Denny O'Neil.

10 comments:

Fox said...

Not only is that punch great b/c the physics of it seem inexplicable, but it looks like it's a back-punch, which is the most hardcore of punches. (Though, he's probably just flipping over after being punched in the face, yes?)

Jason D. Manger said...
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Jason D. Manger said...

That is awesome, he looks like he's going to fly off the page and land in your lap.

Jon K said...

Kane has always been my second-favorite comic book artist of all time (behind Jack Kirby, naturally). Looking forward to all the punches -- and if you feel like just including some great flying shots here and there as a second feature ("The Gil Kane Flight of the Week") or some other regular Kane feature ("The Gil Kane Babe of the Week", anyone?), I'm sure nobody will complain at all!

Anonymous said...

That fantastic, crazy punch perfectly sums up my feelings about my freshman comp class this semester. I was looking for comics but found an objective correlative. Thanks, Dr. K!

Seth said...

Someone (NOT ME) really needs to start an entire blog dedicated to Gil Kane punches. I haven't read it for years, but there's one in the Midnight tale he drew for DC's Secret Origins that blew my mind.

Dr. K said...

Ooh, I have that issue of Secret Origins. Thanks for the tip, Seth--I'll put it in the queue.

Jeff Lester said...

I'm reading the Atom Showcases which I thought would be dull, but it's almost like Gil Kane's version of Spider-Man (in fact, moreso than his actual issues of Spier-Man), little more than Atom bouncing around and punching the shit out of people.

In fact, I think there's a panel in either Captain Marvel or an issue of What If, where you've got the Gil Kane trifecta--the crazy punch, the giant floating head, and someone gripping the sides of their head in anguish--all in one panel. I'm worried if I see that panel now, I'll die of awesome overdose.

billso said...

nocha-klop?

Seth said...

Thanks, Dr K!