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.
NEW WEEKLY WEBCOMIC – MISS FURY by Tarpe Mills – Cover Version
I am adapting Miss Fury (original by Tarpe Mills) as a weekly adventure webcomic, with a woman at the center of everything, and a fun, sexy, adventure aesthetic true to the Tarpe Mills original. This is a great opportunity for me to do my take on the comic art from this time period that has fascinated me all my life. Tarpe Mills is now in the public domain, and recent attempts to bring her back keep forgetting the key ingredient – Tarpe Mills.
I am almost finished with the first page of my version. The pencils for the first installment (one page, 12 panels) are almost finished, just needing ink and a scan. This part of my attempt to update with regular content on a more regular basis, and do more webcomics with a compressed style of storytelling. It started as me using Tarpe Mills to learn how to draw women, then I fell in love with her work.
I am doing my faithful adaption on the old format – basic 12 panel grid, this time good for webcomics (one page). It should look something like this, with MUCH LESS wordy dialogue. Miss Mills was typical for most comic writers of the time, including the era’s king – Milton Caniff- still too wordy. She has such storytelling verve, pacing and sequence, its been a pleasure to cut away some branches so the reader can better see the garden.
Tarpe Mills was the first woman to do an adventure comic, and the first woman to feature the first female costumed hero. Mills’ strip was published in Sunday Comics for large newpaper syndicates, one page a week, the same as many webcomics. Tarpe Mills based her lead heroine on herself, and I love reading Miss Fury because you can feel a woman’s sensibility running through the whole creation, and Tarpe Mills had great taste.
Set in 1939, there will be period outfits and situations, Art Deco inspired design, fights, girl fights, girls in underwear, evil women, Nazis, and girls in underwear fighting – anything that Mills could get away with in 1941 and more. I have long been a fan of this period in comic art. Pages will be 12 panels – three across and four down. I have updated the story (a little) and dialogue (a lot) to be fresh and fly in 2014.
Tarpe Mills has given me great help with that. This project will be in reply to the horrid Dynamite adaption of Miss Fury, that demonstrates why some boys who make comics drive girls away. Bleh. My version will be more One Woman’s Adventure, like the original.
My version coming up in a few days (as of june 10, 2014).