Thursday, May 24, 2012

An appreciation of Stefano Caselli

Caselli is an Italian artist who has started drawing some issues of Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel. I first came across his work on Avengers: The Initiative. Followed him to Secret Warriors. I'm not exactly sure what it is about his work that appeals to me. There's a plasticity to the way he draws people, most notable in this ASM cover and Mr. Fantastic's face.

I think his work is best suited to horror, and that's probably why he sort of made his name working on Hack/Slash. He also did the series Defex, and did some G.I.Joe work, too. Probably other stuff I haven't been able to track down.

Like I said, his work would fit well with horror, and with that often comes fantastical monsters.


Or Volstagg the Vehement. Wait, you don't know Volstagg? He'd buddies with Fandral the Dashing and Hogun the Grim. No, I'm not kidding.

Vainglorious? Variegated? I can't come up with any good v-words.

His covers for Spider-man are pretty great.

Caselli's work can be cartoonish in that his characters' poses and expressions are exaggerated, but this fits the superhero genre he's been working in lately. And I think it works. His faces are expressive, and that's a very good thing. He's one of the few pencillers whose work I actively seek out.

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