Side by Side Comparison of my work with Tarpe Mills,
(Her original strip for Sunday Newspapers is now public domain).
I would say its pretty much 50/50 Mills/Brian on story, style, same vs. different panels. As you can see the story veers off in a quite a different direction (before coming back around, lots of fun turns), and the dialog is a lot more me than Mills. Mills is known as a brilliant storyteller but also a writer of clunkly dialog common to most comic writers of the time. I gave the dialog a much hipper, charming edge that matches the rest of what she did, restoring her spirit to the words. It’s really about what comes after page one…. I love Mill’s Miss Fury, and true love is a 50/50 propostion!!
ORIGINAL MISS FURY/BLACK FURY by TARPE MILLS, 1941.
that appeared in the Sunday papers. These are black and white versions of the originals in color. Left to right. Original (like mine) was done on a 12 panel grid.
These pages were formated for reprint by Timely Comics later in the 40s and 50s.
Brian’s Version of MISS FURY, Same Page (MISS FURY: LIBERATED, 1939)
50/50 her and me. I think of Tarpe MIlls as my teacher. Female form and style, design, and oh those Clothes!! Taste of the era of great taste! Best stuff yet to come. For atmosphere, I used gray to suggest an old movie from the period. I just saw “Mad Love.” My dialog is rather Ernst Lubitsch (?) – hip, style, fresh, fun, but suddenly serious at times. Love the light and shadows of those films, like this:
click to enlarge. Its 11×17 or 1000 pixels wide, about 1.5 MB.