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With Further Ado: RIP Russ Heath

With Further Ado: RIP Russ Heath

There’s a sadness today as news of the passing of  Russ Heath makes the rounds. Heath was a phenomenal artist – bridging the gap between the lush illustrative work of classic works – like Hal Foster on Prince Valiant , with the brutal, sweaty sense of urgency found in modern comic art. He work was technically solid and dynamically riveting. When a tank blew up in a Russ Heath story, readers could  almost feel the intense heat of it and probably flinched just a little to avoid the blast.

Health leaves with world with a voluminous body of work. I’m grateful there is still so much Russ Heath work out there to experience, but if he could’ve just drawn one more exploding Messerschmidt WWII plane that would have been pretty great too.

Heath’s art is inspiring and brilliant.  He knew how to illustrate, how to tell a story, and wow,  did he know how to ink.  I’m not sure I ever heard him talk about “line weight” or “rim lighting” but every inked page of his is worth 10 times it’s weight in art lessons.  Continue reading “With Further Ado: RIP Russ Heath”