Few cartoonists in American comics are as controversial as Vince Colletta. I believe the issues arise primarily from his inking on comic-god Jack Kirby. Surviving photostats for Kirby’s pencils reveal the changes and perceived shortcuts Vince took. Critics saw him as lazy but I’ll take the less popular side and defend him.
An inker is charged, not simply for blackening in the pencils, but to use his or her talents to turn them into a form suitable for publication. What some see as his being lackadaisical, may have been his artistic decision for a stronger composition. For my part, I’m an admirer of his work and enjoyed the fusion between his and Kirby’s styles.
For his first decade in the industry, Vince was kind of a Romance specialist. Here is a job for Youthful where he inks himself. It’s from the October 1953 issue of DARING CONFESSIONS and is titled “My Sister And I”.
Next is “I Gave Up The Man I Love!” which teams Colletta with one of the giants of the milieu, the great Matt Baker.
The last example has Vince inking Kirby on one of the last Romance tales the co-creator of the genre ever did. Here is “Too Shy Am I!” from TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #85, January 1962.