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Sally Forth – Roy Crane style

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Art by Jim Keefe.

In my first stab at inking the Sally Forth daily for October 24th I did the cornstalks in the second panel in silhouette.

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The silhouette wasn’t necessarily bad, but it did give it a more ominous tone than I was looking for.

Then I remembered how Roy Crane used to use a gray tone to add depth and atmosphere.

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Panels from Buz Sawyer by Roy Crane

A little tweeking in Photoshop and voila.

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An added bonus of the gray is that it made a clearer distinction between the second and third panels. If you click on the strip to see it larger you’ll see the gray tone is made out of vertical lines. This is so it’ll print clear in the newspaper.


And last but not least here’s the color version from Daily Ink.

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For those unfamiliar with Roy Crane’s comic work, he was literally the pioneer of the adventure strip when the artform was just getting started.

Here’s his bio from the National Cartoonist Society.

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I especially like that last comment about Sundays. It was the same reason Alex Raymond gave for not doing a Rip Kirby Sunday page – it’ll kill you.


For more on Roy Crane check his iconic work on Captain Easy and Buz Sawyer.
Both published by Fantagraphics.

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Sally Forth/Flash Gordon Jam

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The Back Story: The illustration above was actually my way of introducing myself to Sally Forth’s writer, Francesco Marciuliano, when I was initially trying out for drawing Sally Forth. (More on that in a previous post…)

It was originally part of a Sunday page I wrote and drew to show that I wouldn’t be drawing Sally Forth in the Flash Gordon style I was known for.

Here’s the genesis of the page starting with the partially inked pencils.

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I hadn’t quite nailed the character’s likenesses in the first draft so I ended up inking the faces again then pasting them on the original.

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Still was a little off – after checking my reference I discovered the style sheets I had were dated. I ended up inking the faces a third time on a separate piece of paper then making the switch in photoshop.

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Last but not least, color was added (photoshop again) and the faux Sunday page was finished.

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Click on image to see larger.

To wrap up, here’s the Al Williamson drawing (based on the 1980s movie the Forth family is watching) that I paid homage to in the splash panel.

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Sally Forth Spotlight: Gerald

Years ago, when I was the new kid on Flash Gordon, I did a Sunday page where instead of the planet Mongo I drew upstate Minnesota – terrain and clothing.

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A friend on staff at King Features, cartoonist Jerry Craft, pointed out the error of my ways – especially in the third panel where a guy with a dress shirt and sweater seems to have mistakenly wandered on to the Flash Gordon set.

Suffice it to say I tried to stay a little truer to the spirit of the strip Alex Raymond created after that.

Retelling Raymond's first story so as to brush up on the strip's basic elements.
Retelling Raymond’s first story so as to brush up on the strip’s basic elements.

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Jump forward a decade or more later and I now purposely use the thought of a character mistakenly wandering on set whenever I draw Sally Forth’s Mother’s boyfriend, Gerald.

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Here’s Francesco Marciuliano’s stage direction for Gerald from the September 22nd Sunday page.

“Gerald stares right at the reader with a glazed look and a slightly open mouth.”

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If the panel was a sound stage I picture the director yelling, “CUT!” every time Gerald stumbles into a scene.

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So here’s to Gerald.
I’m not quite sure why – but neither is he…

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The Big Day…

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Jackie and Ralph’s baby has finally arrived!


For more on the big day, check out Francesco’s blog, Medium Large.

Interested in a quick look back? Check out Sally Forth: Pregnancy Daze.

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Sally Forth – September 22, 2013

Quick post today showing some of the process that goes into a Sunday page…

Below is a preliminary sketch for the September 22nd Sally Forth.

I used a blue line for the set and an hb pencil for the figures to help separate them visually while drawing.

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Though the backgrounds are very minimal in the finished Sunday page, it’s important that I do the prep work beforehand so the setting stays consistent for the reader.


And here’s the finished inks for the drop panel.
The Sunday page that follows is courtesy of Daily Ink.

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Unabashed plug time…

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