Frank Quitely C or D

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I've loved him since his gorgeous stuff for Judge Dredd the Megazine and thought everyone did, but I've noticed a few naysayers. Sure, his people can look a little 'gravity-compressed' as someone put it, but his line is so confident and his compositions are wonderfully bold.

chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 7 October 2005 12:36 (eighteen years ago) link

I think he's possibly my favourite artist, there might be one or two more that I can't remember right now.

I can see what people don't like about his style, but he's not always like that. And that cover for All-Star Superman #1 is flat-out gorgeous.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 7 October 2005 13:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Obvious Bias alert - I've not read anything drawn by him and written by anyone other than Grant Morrison.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 7 October 2005 13:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Actually, that's not true, he did the first quarter of 2020 Stories. Which was nice, but I'm still not going to pick up the collection.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 7 October 2005 13:17 (eighteen years ago) link

You haven't seen any of his early painted JD stuff, then Andrew? So good. He emerged seemingly out of nowhere with his talent fully formed, it blew me away at the time.


chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Friday, 7 October 2005 13:33 (eighteen years ago) link

i've only encountered him on new x-men & i thought his stuff was rad!

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:37 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not too keen on the Superchin, though

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:48 (eighteen years ago) link

The chin, I sorta dig. It's the lips that bug me.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:51 (eighteen years ago) link

I haven't really looked at his stuff very much, but bits that I have seen (X Men and Authoritay) are not for the likes of me, guvnor. It is all too fiddly and everyone has got the same face - a puffy ugly face.

Mark C (Markco), Friday, 7 October 2005 15:00 (eighteen years ago) link

He's a brilliant artist, one of the best working in the medium today, and easily the best artist to ever draw the X-Men.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Friday, 7 October 2005 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I haven't seen his Tooth work, but there was a definite improvement between The Greens and Flex Mentallo (my two first exposures to him). That Batman thing by Alan Grant didn't look any too wonderful either.

But everything apart from Batman Wears A Kilt is superultramegaclassic. The "puffy" over-rendering on his figures (which is reminiscent of Crumb or Corben) is almost necessary to mitigate the ridiculous grace of the underlying poses and construction. He's great at general action and moments of quiet reflection, but only gets better the further he's pushed: cf. some of the wig-outs in Flex and especially the exploded action via dozens of insets in We3 - like a Duncan Fegredo page gone Tourettic.

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 7 October 2005 20:43 (eighteen years ago) link

The nose-as-black-hole face works well with his men. Not so much the women.

Leeeeeeeeee (Leee), Friday, 7 October 2005 20:48 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd forgotten that he'd drawn The Authoritaiy, which I liked as well. His work on covers doesn't seem to be a mark of quality, in fact quite the opposite (Bite Club, the new Books of Magic, and something I'd mercifully never even heard of called Vamps: Pumpkin Time)

What was The Kingdom: Offspring? He seems to have drawn that with Mark Waid writing.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 7 October 2005 22:10 (eighteen years ago) link

I like his stuff. His storytelling is fantastic, his line and compositions are so bold and confident. He is one of the best artists working today.

But Matthew - best artist ever to draw the X-Men? Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Romita JR, Paul Smith, John Bolton, Barry Windsor Smith and John Cassaday may disagree with that...

David N (David N.), Friday, 7 October 2005 23:46 (eighteen years ago) link

I've done this before - Jack Kirby most certainly did not do his best work on X-Men. Neither did Adams or Romita Jr. John Bolton and Barry Windsor-Smith were never regular artists on the series. Paul Smith is my #2, and John Cassaday isn't far behind.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Saturday, 8 October 2005 05:44 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't think any X-artist since Kirby has come close to Kirby's standards on it, personally, even though it's true that it isn't his best work. Even teamed with Toth! I probably like Quitely more than anyone else named here. Byrne surely deserves a mention too - I'd rank his original run on the title well ahead of Adams, Bolton and Smith for instance, and he might be my third favourite.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Saturday, 8 October 2005 09:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Offspring is the only Kingdom Come thing I've ever read, but holds up fine by itself (except for the end needing to feed into some crossover miniseries): a couple of decades in the future, Plastic Man's inept son struggles to balance his affection and admiration for his father with adult/relationship responsibilities, except all that's just an excuse for MALLEABLE HIJINKS and SIGHT GAGS galore.

kit brash (kit brash), Saturday, 8 October 2005 10:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Okay, that looks cooooool, as does this:

I was just concerned because (i) it says Mark Waid down the bottom, and (ii) it says it in the Kingdom Come font. And (iii) I was looking at a much smaller version of the image, where I couldn't see the background.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Saturday, 8 October 2005 15:35 (eighteen years ago) link

Is that supposed to link to Disney's website?

chap who would dare to kill all the threads (chap), Saturday, 8 October 2005 15:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Bah. It's supposed to link to the image on this page, but I guess they're being "smart".

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Saturday, 8 October 2005 15:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Also, I'd barely count pre-Giant Size X-Men stuff!

I don't really see the appeal of John Bolton, but I agree that John Byrne did the best work of his career on Uncanny X-Men.

Matthew C Perpetua (inca), Sunday, 9 October 2005 03:58 (eighteen years ago) link

John Byrne did the best work of just about anyone's career on Uncanny. The standard by which all others must be judged.

He may be a bitter old queen, but underrate the impact of the Byrne/Claremont run on superhero funnybooks at your peril.

rogermexico (rogermexico), Monday, 10 October 2005 01:40 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...


Richard Baez (Johnny Logic), Friday, 19 January 2007 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link

That's pretty cluttered for a Quietly piece!

M Perpetua (mperpetua), Friday, 19 January 2007 21:59 (seventeen years ago) link

AYE - it's like he drew one of the battles I'd stage with my characters when I was three.

Richard Baez (Johnny Logic), Friday, 19 January 2007 22:02 (seventeen years ago) link

In that sense, it totally works. And really, how else should you be approaching He-Man?

M Perpetua (mperpetua), Friday, 19 January 2007 22:03 (seventeen years ago) link

I would like to see a Quitely Orko.

barefoot manthing (Garrett Martin), Friday, 19 January 2007 22:05 (seventeen years ago) link

seven years pass...

"Frank Quitely is the alter ego of Glaswegian comic-book artist Vincent Deighan. As one of a group of British writers and artists who have reinvented the superhero genre, Frank's depictions of iconic characters like Superman, Batman and the X-Men have provided inspiration for some of Hollywood's biggest movie franchises.

In this film, we follow Frank over the course of a day and night as he works on a single page from his latest work, the epic superhero saga Jupiter's Legacy."

Tuesday 18 Mar 2014 22:50 BBC Four

koogs, Saturday, 15 March 2014 11:40 (nine years ago) link

It was on BBC2 Scotland a couple of weeks ago.
I thought it was worth watching.

treefell, Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:47 (nine years ago) link

was bbc scotland an hour long or 30 minutes? (the iain banks thing was 60 in scotland, 30 in england)

fascinating last night. such a glamorous occupation, being an artist 8)

(that office must be freezing in the winter)

koogs, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:00 (nine years ago) link

Thanks for the heads-up, very interesting. Seems like a top bloke.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:32 (nine years ago) link

Huh. What's the story behind his pen name?

Nhex, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:56 (nine years ago) link

Quite Frankly

Rotating prince game (I am using your worlds), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:58 (nine years ago) link

"Quitely first worked upon the Scottish underground comics title Electric Soup in 1990. He wrote and drew The Greens, a parody of The Broons strip published by D.C. Thompson. It was in working on this book that he adopted the pseudonym of Frank Quitely (a spoonerism of "quite frankly"), as he did not want his family to know it was his work, worried that they may have found it upsetting."

Rotating prince game (I am using your worlds), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:00 (nine years ago) link


Nhex, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:06 (nine years ago) link

D'oh! Now I feel dumm.

If I had hands and you had a neck (WilliamC), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:07 (nine years ago) link

ulises farinas (who is drawing ILC's D.Wolk's Judge Dredd comic) gives me a F. Quitely/G. Darrow/S. Fisher vibe and is worth checking for those unfamiliar with his work:

We hugged with no names exchanged (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:10 (nine years ago) link

Good call

Nhex, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 16:12 (nine years ago) link

I remember feeling dumb when I first got the "Frank Quitely" pun. It should be so obvious!

Tuomas, Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:27 (nine years ago) link

I only just got it. Thought it was his real name till I watched the doc TBH.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:56 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I had no idea it even was a pen name!

Nhex, Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:25 (nine years ago) link

Great doc! That detail of the cityscape was *intense*

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 20 March 2014 23:57 (nine years ago) link

Is there some easy way for non-Britishers (the player says you can't watch it outside Britain) to see the doc?

Tuomas, Friday, 21 March 2014 05:55 (nine years ago) link

I think there are various iPlayer proxies of varying legality, have a poke around on google.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:28 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

Val McDermid meets Vin Deighan
Only Artists
Series 7

Val McDermid is one of Britain’s most successful crime writers, and has sold more than 15 million books around the world. Since her debut in 1987, she has written several series of crime novels set in both her native Scotland and the north of England, as well short stories, radio plays and a prize-winning children’s book. Her latest novel is Broken Ground.

Vin Deighan was born in Glasgow and draws under the name Frank Quitely. He is one of the leading artists in American comics, working for Marvel and DC on superheroes including Batman, Superman, and the X-men. He started drawing cartoon strips for the Glasgow underground comic Electric Soup in 1989 and continues to write and design his own short stories. An exhibition of his work was held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow in 2017.

koogs, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 12:28 (five years ago) link

oooh cool

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 12:31 (five years ago) link

i bought a Val McDermid book after she answered all the same questions on celebrity university challenge as i could. unfortunately it was quite poor, a silence of the lambs copy which actually had the characters go and see silence of the lambs at one point. she's gotten better in later books, i don't doubt.

koogs, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 12:50 (five years ago) link

Ty for the link, I’ll definitely check this out! I loved his work on The Invisibles and the last chapter is an all time fave.

gyac, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 13:22 (five years ago) link

If you (or anyone else) has yet to read Flex Mentallo please do so ASAP as it's one of the all-time greats. Really anything the two of them collaborated on is top of the heap.

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 13:31 (five years ago) link

also all-star superman, the greatest superman story ever told

at the risk of doxxing myself and/or dropping a name, i've had the opportunity to work with vin/frank a couple of times and meet grant morrison and they were v gracious about my stammering acknowledgement that the scene in a-ss where superman's warmth and kindness saves someone from suicide was a massive help to me in a difficult time, which i was unable to stop myself blurting out

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 13:37 (five years ago) link

Seriously @ that sentiment. Glad you got that moment.

But also there can't be more than, what, a couple hundred people in that country of yrs? I'm surprised you don't all live on the same street.

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:04 (five years ago) link

fuck you, we have four streets and we're promised running water by 2022

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:06 (five years ago) link

Second the awww at bg and weirdly enough I have the same feelings about The Invisibles; the part where Edith tells the story of her miscarriage and the flashback frame to it later gets me every time

Ty for Flex Mentallo rec, I’m definitely going to get that. :)

gyac, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:09 (five years ago) link

Really the entire narrative of Flex is another of those heart-hitching Mozzer/Quitely moments for me. I reread it every couple of years and it gets me every time.

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:12 (five years ago) link

yeah, flex is v special too - morrison and quitely together have a unique ability to bend readers' minds that neither of them can quite achieve when they're apart

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:13 (five years ago) link

gyac, if you wanna cry your eyes out the morrison/quitely animal-soldiers miniseries we3 will definitely have that effect

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:14 (five years ago) link

(The only non-Quitely GM work I can think of off the top that hits quite the same emotional chord for me is the ending of The Filth when the purpose of all the subsequent depravity and degradation is revealed.)

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:14 (five years ago) link

(This discussion is legit getting me a little misty.

Shut up and leave me alone.)

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:16 (five years ago) link

I actually own we3 but have never read it! But I will!

I also love their work together on New X-Men.

gyac, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:18 (five years ago) link

I have given non-comics people NXM to read and they really dig it until Quitely ends his first run.

(I like to think that this is in part because they can perceive just from the artwork in the following arc how big a turd Van Sciver will become in subsequent years.)

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:21 (five years ago) link

i think quitely's work does seem very legible to non-comics-readers in a way that is pretty unusual, so i'm not surprised to hear that, really - probably doesn't help that much of the nxm art post-quitely is pretty ugly and murky iirc

my wife loves superman from the reeve movies but doesn't care about comics much; however, she she did come with me to the quitely exhibition at the kelvingrove museum and ended up being impressed enough to buy a fairly pricey limited print of quitely's superman flying over kelvingrove, which now hangs proudly in our living room

Calgary customer Elvis Cavalic (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:29 (five years ago) link

Jealous rn.

Yeah, Quitely is the rare double threat of A+ draftsman and A+ storyteller.

But people get sick on earth in their human form (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 14:32 (five years ago) link

Anyone know an ETA for Jupiter's Legacy v3?

ILX Moderator: It's Like a Pressure Wash for Your Insides (WmC), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 20:11 (five years ago) link

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