Hand drawn 3D comics lettering: Stone Type
April 14, 2011 10:09 AM   Subscribe

Hand drawn 3D comics lettering: Stone Type. Classic front page lettering from Superman, The Spirit, Sgt. Rock, La Garage Hermetique, The Incredible Hulk &c.
posted by Tom-B (14 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Needs Will Eisner tag... nobody beats him at this.
posted by Artw at 10:12 AM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Good call, added!
posted by Tom-B at 10:27 AM on April 14, 2011

Wow, those Will Eisner "Spirit" front pages. I could look at those all day long.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:31 AM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

I immediately thought of this classic Beta Ray Bill Thor cover, but it really is nowhere near as nifty as the examples on this FPP.
posted by HeroZero at 10:40 AM on April 14, 2011

The Hulk cover in the first link is an homage to this Steranko classic from '68.

Carmine Infantino also did this kind of thing from time to time, e.g. Batman and The Flash, both from '67.
posted by hilker at 10:41 AM on April 14, 2011

I find it an embarrassment for the whole comics medium how rarely anyone even attempts layout and design as interesting as Eisner did over and over decades ago.

Some day I will be rich and buy all of the Spirit archives.
posted by Zed at 10:55 AM on April 14, 2011

I teach Typography and I use images of "Stone Type" during my assignment on custom lettering for logotypes. I use some images from Hulk and Spidey covers circa the 80s. I had intended to add the Infantino covers that hilker mentions, but now I've got a treasure trove of new images to add. Thanks!
posted by Slothrop at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

I just looked at the Flickr set - two of the images I use in presentation are in that set.
posted by Slothrop at 11:06 AM on April 14, 2011

I never got around to reading much Will Eisner because I'll just look at it for a while and think, "Fuck you, Will Eisner. I'm never drawing again."
posted by cmoj at 11:08 AM on April 14, 2011 [2 favorites]

Imagine what it's like reading it as a non-drawing comics writer - you can't script that shit!

(Okay, maybe if you're Alan Moore you might have a stab at it)
posted by Artw at 11:12 AM on April 14, 2011

There was one Greyshirt story by Moore and Veitch, "How Things Work Out", that did a pretty damn good job of it.
posted by Zed at 11:35 AM on April 14, 2011

The supersad (SWIDT?) thing about Superman cover is that the perspective isn't even right. Look at the top of the "S" vs the top of the "uperman".
posted by DU at 11:48 AM on April 14, 2011

That Spirit splash page where you look through the 'S' to see the 'P' and through the 'P' to see the 'I' and past the 'I' to see the 'R', etc. is so great.
posted by straight at 2:43 PM on April 14, 2011

Frank Miller should be defenestrated for what he did to the Spirit movie. He wasn't breathing new life into it by going edgier, darker and more like Sin City (the comic had dark moments, but also loads of screwball comedy). He's just totally fucking high on himself.

Also, a bit strange not to see John Byrne's iconic Dark Phoenix X-Men cover included.
posted by Scoo at 4:15 PM on April 14, 2011

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