November 5, 2007

Bruce Timm's Frankenstein

Artist Bruce Timm is best known for his superhero animation and comics work, but this cartoon shows his mastery of Good Girl Pinup Art, and the gaggle of Frankenstein Zombies channels 50s Horror Comics and B-Monster Movies. Timm’s art is so dynamic, I don’t think he could draw a straight line without making it look like it was moving at a 100 MPH.

The art is from the great Arglebargle blog. Click over to see a monster montage of Timm’s work, including takes on Vampirella, his cover for The Little Shop of Horrors magazine, and more Frankenstein art, including a straight painting that would have looked good on the classic Famous Monsters magazine, and a stunning Karloff Frankenstein caricature.

Timm is a fan favorite, having served as designer, producer and director on the legendary Batman: The Animated Series of the 90s, the show that raised the bar way high for all the superhero cartoon shows that followed. He has also collected Eisner Awards for his comic book jobs.

By the way, the Bizarro sketch at right reminds us who the character is really based on, doesn’t it?

Here’s Timm’s bio on Wikipedia. Here’s an enormous collection of art, 36 pages worth, on Comic Art Community, and a fan site called The Bruce Timm Gallery.

TwoMorrows published a Bruce Timm collection in their Modern Masters series, available here, or directly from the publisher.

Bruce Timm’s Teen Bride of Frankenstein
Bruce Timm's Classic Bride


wich2 said...

There's a bit of Jack Cole's PLAYBOY work in that piece...

-Craig W.

rob! said...

Timm's good girl art is stunningly sensual, and without the ridiculous-looking almost grotesque proportions a lot of other comic artists use.

Pierre Fournier said...

Good catch, Craig. Jack Cole definitely channelled there, and yes, Rob, Timm has impeccable taste.

Justin M... said...

I just wanted to point out that if you take a close look at the mob of Frankenstein-type monsters surrounding the poor girl it appears that the green one off to the left is trying to save her but is being restrained by/struggling against the other grey monsters. Perhaps the green beast was intended to be a heroic version of Karloff’s monster, while the other fiends are debased copy-cat clones created later. Just my interpretation.