Tuesday, 26 October 2010

The Twisted Tales of Bruce Jones

Ahoy there readers.

Following on from my first post I'd like to present some work work by the artist Bruce Jones. The strip in question is taken from "The Twisted Tales of Bruce Jones" (part 1 of 2, Eclipse Comics, Feb 1986) and is entitled "The Princess and the Merman".

Although the cover states that this is part 1 of 2, this was later extended into a 4 issue series, making this part 1 of 4.

Here, yet again, is a great example of Bruce Jones' work. The quality of his writing is also a match for his detailed imagery. The story is based upon a lonely princess who one day discovers a Merman and instantly falls in love with him, but tragically, she never learnt to swim. The style and use of colour reminds me very much of Swamp Thing (which I will no doubt cover at some point). This strip is very fairy tale like, quite different from much of Bruce Jones' other work. In older work for the likes of Pacific and EC Comics, Bruce added large amounts of gratuitous violence and sexuality into the mix, warranting several issues to sport a "Recommended for Mature Readers" warning on the cover. I am a big fan of his earlier work also, but this example has a delicate feel that some of his previous work never had. Enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see this online. The story was also published in "Ariel - The Book of Fantasy" #2.