Sketchbook Wednesday

Artwork © Gene Gonzales

I am a big fan of Bob Oksner's art. I believe the first time I saw his work was on Supergirl. And then on Mary Marvel in the pages of Shazam. I didn't discover his work on Angel and the Ape until later. He drew the cutest/sexiest women. They covered the gamut from bad girls to sweet girls. Smart girls and well, not so smart. He was also a terrific inker. I loved his inks over Curt Swan when they did Superman together. That was a powerful looking Superman. I believe he did inks over José Luis Garcia Lopez's Superman as well in the mid 1970s.

In the last few months I have managed to purchase several original pages of Oksner art. Four consecutive pages from a Mary Marvel story in Shazam #13, and three Soozie newspaper strips from 1967. I only recently became aware of the Soozie strip and I am hooked. I hope to get my greedy hands on some more in the future. Especially a Sunday page. It would be nice if they were collected in a book.

So today is just another sketchbook day. I haven't finished anything I can show but I did doodle a bit. A couple of the faces above were my quick and sad attempts to capture the Oksner Girl quality while looking at the framed Soozie strips hanging above my drawing table. Sigh.

This is Post #1118