Monday, October 24, 2011

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Posting an entire Lady Luck comic book story this week, (Lady Luck no. 87, February 1950)
An amusing look at the world of modern art as seen from the world of comic books.

Created by Klaus Nordling the story takes the often seen comic book world stance that modern art is bogus ineptness created by eccentric loons in liaison with money-hungry gallery owners and corrupt art critics.

Considering that many of the top-level comic book artists of the day ended up living comfortably (and hard working...) with wifes, kids and upper middle class incomes while many modern artistes struggled in squalid basement apartments or lofts on New York's Lower East side, this sort of criticism can sometimes come out a bit shallow in my opinion. Of course what the comic book artists didn't get was recognition as artists...those precious pages in the Art history book down at the local library. These speculations of ego battling apart, it's obvious that Nordling has really pinned some comical aspects of the 1950's modern art "scene"...


like this...the animal skin wearing "primitive painter" - a caricature of a very well known Modern Maestro?..

Today, of course, things have changed...comic books are no longer the profitable mass media they once were, but instead have themselves evolved into the highly artistic (and expensive...) graphic novels, complete with gallery exhibits and reviews by art critics.

Hmmm, I wonder what all those hard working creative people in the computer gaming industry has to day about that?...

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Panzer: Befehlstiger I, late production
A disabled commander's version of the Tiger I (note the extra "star" aerial next to the turret) while being examined by troopers in reed green denim work uniforms. Most likely placing these men with the Tiger unit's workshop company. Looks like the Tiger is missing a track, perhaps blown off by anti-tank mines or attacks by ground attack planes when you consider the holes in the ground surrounding it.
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