More Steve Whitaker

Posted by on March 4th, 2010 at 3:28 PM

It turns out there is a quite a bit of Steve Whitaker material on the web. As I noted in an earlier post, Steve Whitaker (1955-2008) was a gifted artist and legendary comics maven who is probably best remembered for his work as the colorist for V for Vendetta. While only a small portion of his creative output was published during his lifetime, his friends have done a great job of posthumously posting his artwork on flickr and live journal.

These are self-portraits, which I’ve borrowed from the flickr pages. Click on any image for a larger version.

As it happens, Steve’s comic collection is in the midst of being sold off by the Putney-based 30th Century Comics, which is owned and operated by friends of the artist. In a statement posted on their website, Will Morgan provides some background on the collection:

With many pedigree collections, emphasis is placed on the near-pristine condition of the items. Steve’s isn’t like that. His was the collection of a working artist, not bought for investment or ‘collectibility’, but read for enjoyment and for reference time and time again. Many of them are decent, but as many are worn, torn, taped, stained, and often annotated in the margins with Steve’s identification of artists.

Steve’s tastes were very diverse; he took as much joy in discussing the influence of Jack Kirby’s 1971 departure from Marvel Comics as he did coming up with new members for the Space Canine Patrol Agents! (Jiu-Jitsu Shih-Tzu was a particular favourite…) This variety is reflected in the breadth of his collection; Ditko, Kirby, Dell, Atlas, Archie, Charlton, American, British, Western, War, Magazines About Comics, Romance, IW/Super, Religious, Funny Girls, and much more. […]

Most pedigree collections are also characterised by an enhanced premium on the retail price. That’s not applicable in this case. All items in ‘The Whitko Collection’ will be sold at our regular retail, to be bought by people who’ll enjoy and appreciate them. Which – apart from still being around to enjoy them himself, of course – is what I think he would have wanted.

The reason I’m telling you this is so I can show you more of his work, which encompassed an eclectic range of styles and genres, from bold caricatures,

and playful doodles,

to pulpy character studies,

and self-referential strips.

His pages were occasionally trippy,

and, more rarely, pure pop.

One or two of his pieces remind me of Feiffer:

And one more for good measure:

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