It’s Kyle Baker’s birthday today and in true celebratory fashion, I wrote about Kyle’s comic art over at the Beat! No, seriously! I go on about digital art versus real ink and all sorts of other good stuff in honor of one of my favorite cartoonists. But over here, I’ve posted a bunch of cool odd and ends from Kyle Baker’s past.
That first image at the beginning of this post is from a back up story written by Ann Nocenti in Classic X-men #38, Oct. ’89. The image below is from Haywire #2, Nov. ’88. This hyper violent DC comic was written by Michael Fleisher and penciled by the underrated Vince Giarrano. Baker served as inker for the first 3 issues of the series. They made a pretty good team.
Between you and I, this comic was purchased for the cover.
Fast Forward #2 came out sometime in ’92, a black & white anthology from DC Comics’ sister publisher Piranha Press. It’s Baker writing and drawing zombies! Walking Dead who?
Ah, the classic Why I Hate Saturn (’90, Piranha). Don’t tell me you still haven’t read this one.
Here are a few scans that I posted a couple of years ago at the now defunct “scans_daily” community. There’s a new incarnation of the forum, but all of the old posts were deleted. Thankfully, I saved them! Below you will find the rarely mentioned “It’s Genetic” gag strip written and drawn by Kyle Baker. These one panel punchlines featured the cast of the X-men and ran through Marvel Age in the mid eighties.
From Who’s Who Update ’88 #2, Sept. 1988. Funny?
From Detective Comics #599, April 1989. Funny!
In closing, here’s an interview that Baker conducted with Fishbone in REFLEX (Aug. ’91). It’s unique in that Baker was never really an interviewer as far as I know, but it’s well written and fun. Plus it has a cool Evan Dorkin drawing (sorry for the crop, Evan!) This one’s also for you, Paul Maybury!