Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Black and White Wednesday: Jeff Jones' "Sleep"

Hey, hey, hey! Here's another winner from the wonder that is Psycho #21, aka The 1974 Nightmare Summer Special. This time the spotlight falls on "Sleep" (originally published in Nightmare #6) by the incredible Jeffrey Jones. With a plethora of out-of-this-world comics and cover paintings, Jones (along with Studio mates Barry Windsor-Smith, Mike Kaluta, and Bernie Wrightson) helped elevate the public perception of our humble medium into a bona fide art form during the Groovy Age. Jones' mastery of shape and shadow is just as mind-blowing today as it was back in then.

See?

7 comments:

  1. Such a trip -- along with Joe Bloke's Grantbridge site, your page is the business.

    Nice one,and thanks for taking the time to get these pages online.

    Gnostic.

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  2. Thanks, Groove! This story and another by Jones ("Explored") are the two things I've most searched for online. If you ever decide to post Jim Aparo's three Nightshade back-ups or the three Creeper stories that appeared as back-ups in Adventure 445-447 or thereabouts (hey, DC's never gonna reprint 'em), you'll have a fan for life! :)

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    1. "Explored" was not one of Jones' best, but you can see it in IMAGINATION #1 (and the rest of this 1971 fanzine) here:

      http://stendec8.blogspot.com/2012/02/imagination-1-1971-with-neal-adams-jeff.html

      The story was reprinted (with colour added) in Pacific Comics' RAVENS AND RAINBOWS #1 in 1983 (which featured a number of Jones reprints).

      Regards,

      Chris A.

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  3. Prepare to chain yourself to this blog, Groove-ophile...Those Creeper stories from Adventure are in the works as we speak! (The Aparo Nightshade back-ups aren't a bad idea, either!)

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  4. Do you have the 8 page Jeff Jones story "All the Ways and Means to Die"? It was published in PSYCHO #9 in November, 1972 by Skywald. "Sleep" shows that Jones had entered his mature drawing style, and the aforementioned story was drawn three issues later. Would love to see it!

    Chris A.

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  5. Ditto that one, "All the Ways and Means to Die." Never before heard of it, let alone seen it. Got it, Groove? Lay it on us, man!

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  6. Ask and ye shall receive! Coming next Wednesday (3/27/13)!

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