David Finch in Black and White
art by Neal Adams (1969)
Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson, 1967
P. Craig Russell, 2002
Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, 1960
Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson, 1966
Gray Morrow, 1966
The Amazing Spider-Man #26, July 1965, cover by Steve Ditko and Stan Goldberg
One of the great benefits of the cross-pollination between comic artists and animation artists is that each brings new ideas to the other— new approaches to design, storytelling, and subject matter.
One of comics’ recent gifts to animation is Ron Wimberly, who was a character designer for Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite. Hopefully, that was just the first of many animation projects for Ron. His comics, from a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in 1980’s Brooklyn, to an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes and an autobiography of rapper M.F. Grimm, are each different from each other and feel like something that hasn’t been done before.
All too often, animation suffers from retreading the same ground. We really benefit when artists like Ron bring something new to the medium. It would be great to see him have the opportunity to go beyond just doing design for animation, and help push animation into new places with story and subject matter.