Sunday, 26 August 2012

X-Ray Specs has a horrible disease

There's excessive movement lines in comics, then there's RIDICULOUSLY excessive movement lines in comics, then there's ridiculously excessive movement lines in comics that look like they were drawn after sixty-three cans of LSV. During an earthquake. And then there's this one by Mike Lacey (maybe, or perhaps Henry Davies?), from the 1985 Monster Fun annual.

When the characters are standing still, are they supposed to look like they're wobbling with excitement?

What's going on there then, eh? Nice bit of product placement too - Buster comics, a Yorkie bar, and Disney cartoons. A fun strip overall, but those lines!


  1. They were trying out a new artiat...who obviously got carried away with the motion lines!!

  2. Yes, I'm not sure who it was. Possibly Henry Davies.

    1. Cheers for that, I've updated it for this possibility. Been looking back at a lot of other Lacey stuff since this, and the motion lines aren't NEARLY as extreme usually. Put it down to over-enthusiasm?

    2. I don't think that's Mike Lacey OR Henry Davies. To me it looks like either Mike Brown or Martin Baxendale ghosting Mike Lacey...after too much coffee!
      Dicky Howett also used to go slightly overboard with the motion lines and drops of sweat. (Listen to Mister bloody perfect here, who didn't even start drawing four-fingered hands until he was in his late twenties!)