Thursday, February 23, 2012
The mystery begins with this cover by Charles Burns. The girl on the top half just weirded me out with her long pliable arm and shoulder that appears broken and brought in towards her chest. I'm amazed at how Burns can continue to disturb me by just making a few things seem a bit off.
Then I came across this page. It was an original drawing from a coloring book that I saw on Ebay. Aha! I thought. He must have had this coloring book as a kid and that image stuck in his brain. Perhaps the shoulder in this drawing always bothered him and he accentuated it in his version. I sort of marveled at the odds of finding this source for his cover and didn't think much else about it.
Until I came across this:
This panel is from an issue of Supergirl that I came across on the web a few weeks ago. I think it's the first comic with Comet her super horse, but I don't know the issue. Was this the image that Burns was taking from instead of the coloring book? Are there more of these out there that I'm not familiar with? It's such a weird, unnatural pose. Strange.