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A lot of people have fond memories of their younger years reading comics, and I am no different. I have blogged about this before wrt to European Sci-Fi.
Just as influential however were American superhero comics. I just devoured them with an ever increasing voracity, partially because they just offered such grand scale ideas! (Which is part of the fun of Sci-Fi for me)
The period that spoke to me most was the late 70s/early 80s Marvel era, especially the work of John Byrne.
John Byrne worked on all the greats; Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman… you name it, and often gave them new life with seminal issues. His work with Chris Claremont on the X-Men or his superb Fantastic Four run defined the era for me.
He could easily compete with the less formulaic European scen though, if given the freedom. Check out this rare example (Critical Error) couresy of the Space in Text blog:

Its the super hero stuff that did it for me though. Be they classic characters or new heroes or villains Like Terrax the Destroyer who was such a good character in the Fantastic Four:

Ultimately what really makes his work stand out is that it is always inventive, full of colour and ideas, without being overly shouty or pin-up influenced.  Somehow it feels both iconic and modern.
I am not sure if anybody produces superhero comics quite like that anymore, but I would love to find some.

A lot of people have fond memories of their younger years reading comics, and I am no different. I have blogged about this before wrt to European Sci-Fi.

Just as influential however were American superhero comics. I just devoured them with an ever increasing voracity, partially because they just offered such grand scale ideas! (Which is part of the fun of Sci-Fi for me)

The period that spoke to me most was the late 70s/early 80s Marvel era, especially the work of John Byrne.

John Byrne worked on all the greats; Fantastic Four, X-Men, Avengers, Spiderman… you name it, and often gave them new life with seminal issues. His work with Chris Claremont on the X-Men or his superb Fantastic Four run defined the era for me.

He could easily compete with the less formulaic European scen though, if given the freedom. Check out this rare example (Critical Error) couresy of the Space in Text blog:

Its the super hero stuff that did it for me though. Be they classic characters or new heroes or villains Like Terrax the Destroyer who was such a good character in the Fantastic Four:

Ultimately what really makes his work stand out is that it is always inventive, full of colour and ideas, without being overly shouty or pin-up influenced.  Somehow it feels both iconic and modern.

I am not sure if anybody produces superhero comics quite like that anymore, but I would love to find some.

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Dick Matena is a massively important contributor to the comics scene in the Netherlands, and totally unknown outside of the Benelux. THIS IS WRONG
He has won many awards, contributed many times to the best issues of Heavy Metal Magazine, and is still producing amazing work.
Check out his amazing line (via the excellent Por Por Blog)
Or his sense of mood and atmosphere
Or just the sheer originality of his work (Via Escriba Virtual)
Despite his excellent current literary comics work I prefer his avantgarde Sci-Fi from 70s and 80s, so when I heard he is revisiting his classic series Virl I got quite excited. All I can wish for now is that some day somebody will translate his work to cinema.

Dick Matena is a massively important contributor to the comics scene in the Netherlands, and totally unknown outside of the Benelux. THIS IS WRONG

He has won many awards, contributed many times to the best issues of Heavy Metal Magazine, and is still producing amazing work.

Despite his excellent current literary comics work I prefer his avantgarde Sci-Fi from 70s and 80s, so when I heard he is revisiting his classic series Virl I got quite excited. All I can wish for now is that some day somebody will translate his work to cinema.

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I grew  up with comics, anything from Fantastic Four to Peanuts. But while everybody knows about those there is also a whole world of lesser known European (French, Belgian, Dutch) comics that are not read much beyond their own borders. Yet some of these have been massively influential. 

One of these is “Valerian & Lareline" by Christin and Mezieres. Beautiful, fun, original Scifi from France, and a major influence on many Scifi films and comics.

The series is still going and a treasure trove of superb art and Scifi stories for the uninitiated.

I grew up with comics, anything from Fantastic Four to Peanuts. But while everybody knows about those there is also a whole world of lesser known European (French, Belgian, Dutch) comics that are not read much beyond their own borders. Yet some of these have been massively influential.

One of these is “Valerian & Lareline" by Christin and Mezieres. Beautiful, fun, original Scifi from France, and a major influence on many Scifi films and comics.

The series is still going and a treasure trove of superb art and Scifi stories for the uninitiated.