Krappy Komix Klub: Stormquest #1 (or Greg Land's first tracing job)
As I was looking through the myriad of twenty five cent wonders (most of which are from the glorious wasteland of 90's comics) I found an archaeological gem. Evidence of the first job by comic tracer and swipe artist extraordinaire, Greg Land! Way back in mid 90's he was lightboxing the hot artists of the day, instead of women's magazine ads and pornography. Only in comics can you manage to get 15 years of work by plagerizing others (okay, maybe Hollywood too)
From Stormquest #1, published by Caliber in 1994.
Right on the cover we get a smörgåsbord of styles. The most obvious copying is the large female coming at you from the top of the image who looks just like Donna Troy from Travis Charest's artwork on Darkstars at the time. The two blonde characters are even mirror images of each other and seem to come from Jim Lee's cover to Stormwatch #1. I was surprised by the mirror image thing, since most people think that is a new trick of Land's. The difference in the clothing almost hides it. Pretty sneaky Greg!
I might have spoken too soon when I said he hadn't yet started using porn as reference?
And from that same page, a 'name that artist' jam knock off. With appearances by Mike Deodato, Brett Booth, Marc Silvestri, and Scott Clark! I find it amazing that he often does not even change the linework in any attempt to deceive. The only time he radically alters anything from the original work is when the costume of the character forces him to.
Holy Jim Lee! It's Spartanolverine!
Yet another Deodato clone. I had to show this one off just because of it is so silly and obviously Deodato with that crazy bent/cracked spine and bulging ass! That poor woman.. having her back broken while drowning....
What an odd combination of styles? Excuse me Mister Land. you seem to have gotten your photo reference mixed into your Rob Liefeld! It is almost surreal to see a copy of Liefeld's unnatural anatomy just panels away from semi realistic photo reproduction. Really, I just could not resist putting up a page where he just redrew Shatterstar but with breasts attached.
I wonder how long it took him to draw this. because you do see some progression. The first part of the book uses other comic books for most of the referencing, but by the end he is depending on the style he is known for now, xeroxing photos of models. I'm pretty sure he used the above pose later in the book that made him well-known, Sojourn.
Right out of the gate the guy is doing this stuff! I am almost afraid to start looking at his work over at DC, like Birds of Prey. It is almost always the work people point to as proof he actually could draw without these tricks. Theres almost good money to be had by betting that you can find this sloppy hack job trash in there too, if you know where to look. Perhaps his editors at DC were just smart enough to give him inkers who could cover it up? Face it tiger, everyone looks good with finishes by Brian Steelfreeze!
Damn I spoke too soon... Huntress also looks like the Pam Anderson pose he keeps recycling.