Tuesday, May 20, 2008

heckler and jeckyller...

Ugh, I wrote a whole intro to this post then managed to subsequently delete it. Not that it was any great work of masterful insight or whatever, but I can't recall exactly what I wrote and don't really feel like trying. Well, whatever, here's some more Keith Giffen artwork, this time from his short-lived early 90s series "The Heckler" (for DC). Much like Giffen's earlier "Ambush Bug," "The Heckler" was a superhero series with a wildly anarchic, irreverent and self-referential sense of humor. Nice stuff, too bad it came along at a time when everyone else was doing exaggerated muscles and giant machine guns, with no real story or wit to speak of. Again, like "Ambush Bug," Giffen used this series for social commentary and media parody. His artwork, as in "Dr. Fate," is certainly noir-ish, but here with more of a punk/postpunk/cyberpunk (post-cyberpunk?) bent, influenced I'm sure by Geoff Darrow's work on "Hardboiled." The character of the Heckler (something of a cross between your average Batman-styled costumed vigilante and Bugs Bunny) pretty much disappeared after the series did, which is too bad. Maybe now that Giffen is working exclusively for DC again, we'll see some kind of a Heckler revival. In the meantime, here's the images, enjoy...





Up next, more Heckler, more Giffen, and more screwvy movie reviewvies...

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