Karen: Mike Ploog is best known for his work on Marvel horror comics of the 70s.Werewolf By Night, Frankenstein Monster, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing -all of these titles featured Ploog's distinctive style. Ploog was Marvel's main man when it came to monsters. A few years ago I was at a comic convention andRoy Thomas and Mike Ploog were on a panel, and when someone asked why Ploog drew so many monsters, Thomas responded that "he drew hairy things better than anyone else!"
Karen: His style is very fluid and round, almost soft; it definitely has a very organic feel to it. It fits the moody horror books well. Ploog uses spot blacks well and over time evolved into a very good story-teller.
Doug: I think you've really hit on the major appeal I see in Ploog's art, and that's the texture and fluidity. In both of the cover samples you've chosen the viewer gets a real sense of dynamism, but you can't deny that part of that is from the texture-like feel to the art; there's almost a 3-D quality to these images.
Karen: Of all the characters he worked on, his Werewolf is a particular favorite of mine -he is sinewy and feral, looking like he's always about to pounce on someone. His Frankenstein Monster is also quite good, getting across the innate sadness of the character.
Doug: I'd have to agree here, and say that while my mind "sees" John Buscema's Monster, it's Ploog that perhaps gives us a better interpretation. While his Monster is certainly no slouch physically, Buscema embued his version with perhaps too much raw power -- that may have detracted from the "sympathy vote".
Karen: Ploog also did work for Marvel's black and white line, which included the Planet of the Apes magazine. Although he did some super-hero work, it really didn't seem to mesh well with his art style. One super-hero I would have liked to see Ploog take on was Dr. Strange -I think given the nature of that title, it might have been a good fit.
Karen: So do we have any Ploog fans in the house? Let's hear from you. Or -if you don't like his style, tell us why.
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Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
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