The Jazz Age masterpiece
The Man From Harlem, by Italian master Guido Crepax, is a tribute to the Jazz Age with it's inspired music, brutal crime and deplorable racism of the time.
Crepax had a dramatically unique style inspired by the Op Art movement of the early 60's but reminiscent of the Art Nouveau movement with it's organic, flowing lines.
|This early work from Crepax shows his strong interest in the Op Art movement of the 60's.|
|Here you can see some of the Op Art fashions of the mid 60's that influenced Crepax work.|
|Here Crepax is using Art Nouveau architectural elements for the backgrounds. You can see a similar flowing organic sensibility in his page layouts and design work.|
|Crepax is most famous for his comic erotica, like Valentina.|
The Man From Harlem is about Jazz contrabassist Little Johnny Lincoln, who saves a white prostitute from a mobster who was trying to kill her.
Complications set in when Lincoln's mom objects to her being in the house.
|Crepax' light textured coloring on top of his scratchy black ink work really add a lot of mood to his artwork. Here the light watercolor effect on the old black woman's face really brings it to life.|
Lincoln and Polly eventually get romantically involved.
Though the Man From Harlem is short and doesn't give enough space to fill out the characters adequately, it really shows off Crepax strong suit which is creating stunning visual imagery and engrossing story telling. He is a master of the Sequential Arts and really doesn't get enough recognition these days. Crepax is something to behold!