Sunday, 13 May 2012

Jerry Siegel

Cerebus #74, May 1985
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard



AARDVARK COMMENT:
(from Cerebus #76, July 1985)

Dear Dave,

Cerebus Jam #1 was a lot of fun to read and enjoy. It was the way comics were meant to be and should always be... love of comics was in every word and drawing.

As for Cerebus #74, 'Acquired Tastes'. Hilarious yet touching, moving at an unhurried pace, with so little dialogue that you can pay more attention to the art and each fragment of a graphic moment, dwelling on what may be going on in the character's head when he says nothing... but a sombre spark in his anthropomorphic eyes tells more than a mountain of prose could.

It's A.R.T., that's what it is! So keep doing your thing in your own unique way. Never mind the off-stage murmurings. Slave away at your drawing desk, you and Gerhard. Tell it all... love, hate, joy, sorrows, comedy. And don't make so many public appearances... your drawing board misses you.

Cordially,
Los Angeles, CA

While I appreciate such extravagant praise from the co-creator of Superman, I can't think of Cerebus as Art. I think it's clever... engaging... addictive even. But if Cerebus is Art, we're going to have to find something else to call Shakespeare.

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