Monday, September 20, 2010

Steve Mellor squishes superheroes!

Marvel Tales Starring Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham, published under Marvel's glorious Star Comics banner, poked fun at Marvel superheroes. Doing many backup stories for Spider Ham was Steve Mellor. I love Mellor’s work, which is funny before you read the funny words. Here are two quick samplings (and a cover) of his unique, semi-liquid style. This first cover and story are from Marvel Tales No. 1, November 1983.

This second story is from Marvel Tales No. 15, May 1987. Mike Mellor (whom I assume is a brother) supplies a very funny script.

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For much more from Mr. Mellor, please visit the blog wherein I became aware of the artist's work: Shane Glines' Cartoon Retro!

9 comments:

  1. I just bought Marvel Tales #1 like a month ago! You're right, the funny drawings are great.

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  2. Erik: Mellor kind of reminds me of Howie Post in that way: you look at it - you laugh. Do check out the link at bottom to Shane's site - much more funny stuff.

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  3. Super appealing stuff. I'm kind of amazed it was done so recently.

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  4. this was one of my favorites when i was younger. I remember looking at the squishiness and liking it.

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  5. David: Mellor's style does have a great, retro feel. I just wish there was more of it!

    KW: I somehow missed this first time around. I really love it.

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  6. Karswell: Mellor just makes me laugh, too. Too bad he didn't do more work.

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  7. I remember when this title was in print. And I especially remember this issue in particular. The line of scenes of the ducks head morphing into bizarre forms between the panels on page one seems to be an homage to renowned lowbrow artist Robert Williams. Wouldn't surprise me if that was Mellor's actual intention. I'll bet it was his artistic style that influenced some of Williams' work. So Mellor was probably paying back his respects to Williams with a wink and a nod.

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  8. I've always loved these comics. Goose Rider and the Scavengers are too funny!

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