Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cartoonists Make Better Lovers : Dick Briefer

Dick Briefer was an artist whose style I never associated with the word subtlety. His tenure in the industry goes back to the beginnings, contributing to JUMBO COMICS in 1938. At Fox he drew the Space Opera strip “Rex Dexter Of Mars”.

He is most commonly associated with the Prize Publications version of Frankenstein that ran in PRIZE COMICS. Post WW2 Briefer was given the chance to return to the character in the pages of his own FRANKENSTEIN COMICS. In this version he transformed it into a satirical humor work.

In all these examples he displays a bold “cartoony” approach to his work. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon his romance stories, where he employs a precise and detailed technique. The thing that impresses me the most about these are the faces of the women. Although the drawings are minimalist, he still imbues them with tremendous character.

Here then are two stories from issues of BOY MEETS GIRL and LOVER’S LANE.



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