This last layout... I'm not sure what was going with it. I'd love to hear the story behind it. —Sandy
There's a chance that I might be indulging myself by posting this work of Williamson's but as a fan of his work, I enjoy the chance to trace his artistic development. The sketches here span quite a period of time, from his days as a school kid in South America to his early professional work.
Leafing through a Roy Krenkel sketchbook is an extraordinary experience. When you see one of his drawings individually, the work is almost always impressive. But when you see that a single page in his sketchbook may contain a half dozen figures, each exquisite, almost no missteps, your knees kind of go weak. He are a few examples, from Larry Ivie's collection.
The Williamson/Krenkel collaborations began before their work on EC's science fiction titles and continued for a few years afterwards. Here are examples from both periods.
The first images are layouts for a story titled "Menace From The Stars", published not too long after EC folded. The rest are from a pre-EC story titled "The Lost Lives of Laura Lansing", which in many ways seems to have anticipated the working method Williamson later employed on his EC stories. Only one of the sketches is by Krenkel, the other four (I believe) are Williamson's, but clearly inspired by his friend and mentor's style. Once again, it's amazing to see how much effort went to each panel Williamson drew. This, despite the fact so much of his effort was lost due to brutal printing, something he must surely been aware of.
In his lifetime, artist / writer / historian Larry Ivie amassed a wide-ranging collection of of original comic art. Some of this material has never been published and a good deal more had never received adequate reproduction. The intent of this blog is to share the collection with fellow enthusiasts and to generate discussions about comic art and the artistic process.