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"My name is Ernie Bushmiller, king of comic strip artists," this drawing shouts. "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Despite its somewhat battered condition, this new acquisition is instantly my favorite Bushmiller. The final panel is such a tour de force of technical and compositional mastery that it practically hurts to look at it. As I've said before, original Nancy drawings from the 50s are scarce, so this was a lucky get.
Questions for discussion:
- Which panel do you think Bushmiller conceived/drew first?
- Are the first two panels useless space fillers? Why or why not?
- Why didn't Bushmiller use Benday/Zip-a-Tone for the table's shadow? Was he insane or just fastidious?
The detail above just kills me; it's the only scraping/correction in the entire drawing. Viewed so close, it doesn't seem to make any sense, but graphically it's ingenious and crucial for clarity.