Monday, June 18, 2012

My Heroes Have Always Been Monsters Part 14

James O'Barr is responsible for one of the great enduring cult icons of the last several decades, The Crow. I see no need to rehash why The Crow was a great comic that spawned a pretty good film (with sequels to both that no one seems to think lives up to the originals). The comic was a landmark achievement and it's shadow looms large to this day. 

 What I would like to bring up, though, is this; why isn't O'Barr's name all over the place? His art holds a very distinct moody style, he's a master of shadows and just the simple fact the he created The Crow should have had the bigger comic companies clawing at his door...Imagine O'Barr on the Punisher, Daredevil, Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Moon Knight, Batman. Oh the years of missed opportunities! Actually, he was supposed to do an issue of Batman Black and White, but that never happened.
You can see his list of credits on his Wikipedia page, he has work out there, but it's a dirty shame his work isn't more readily available.
Oh and there is another Crow film in the pipeline too. Eh. I doubt it'll be based on Nick Cave's script, but hopefully who ever winds up helming the project won't blow it.

In the mean time, let's enjoy what we have. Here's the extended shoot out scene from the first film.
Keep watching the sky, nerds!

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