Happy 60th birthday to comic artist/writer, Eddie Campbell

For some reason, in the mid-nineties, I stopped collecting comics. I don’t know why. It was no adult stigma or anything like that, I just stopped. Thankfully, before doing so I amassed a sizable collection of the works of Eddie Campbell including such titles as Alec, The Eyeball Kid, Bacchus, Deadface, and his collaboration with Alan Moore about the Jack The Ripper murders, From Hell (yeah, the one on which they based that horrible movie. Heather Graham as a late 1800’s, East End prostitute? Um, yeah…right.). Campbell’s art was different than the majority of comic illustration of the period; a scratchy, black and white, pen and ink style that I found viscerally appealing (and only more so as that style developed, his colored covers being exceptionally notable).. As a writer he had the ability to turn the mundane, fascinating, and the mythological, all too human. His Bacchus/Deadface story line is one of my favorite serializations ever, following the exploits of the aging God of wine and revelry through the millennia to the modern world. As Neil Gaiman praised: ” Bacchus mixes air hijacks and ancient gods, gangland drama and legends, police procedural and mythic fantasy, swimming pool cleaners and classics. It shouldn’t work, of course, and it works like a charm. … Eddie Campbell is the unsung King of comic books. … The man’s a genius, and that’s an end to it.”





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