Saturday, June 2, 2012

Wait a minute, that's not an EC logo!

If you're going to rip off EC you might as well hire an EC artist. Don't feel bad if you initially thought it was Wally Wood, I did too.
Little is known about artist Sid Check, aside from the fact that he was a contemporary of fellow artists Wallace Wood, Joe Orlando and Harry Harrison, among others, in the 50s. When Wood and Orlando began their early art collaborations, Sid Check as well as Harrison were also fellow members of the same art studio. It isn't surprising that all four of them would soon be working for the same publisher, EC Comics, doing work with remarkably similar styles. To the untrained eye, Check's work can often be mistaken for Wood's. Check's art is generally engaging and attractive, if not entirely as well constructed as Wood's art was. Less prolific than Wood certainly, Check's work in comic books was short-lived, from December 1951 through 1958 mostly, with a smattering of work done sporadically in the early 70s... He remains a veritable mystery to even the most hardcore comic fans to this very day, as precious little has ever been documented concerning him.

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