4CP FTW (4)

By: John Hilgart
April 7, 2011

[Fourth in a series of 10 posts from John Hilgart’s mesmerizing comic-book details site, 4CP (Four Color Process). We’re thrilled to share Hilgart’s hi-lo way of seeing with our readers.]

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Even when it’s not as obvious as in this frame, there’s a “ruin porn” thread running through the 4CP gallery — spectral skylines, abandoned structures, empty streets, vacant windows. There are also plenty of beautiful places, so maybe enlarged process printing cuts two ways, toward vibrant, idealized beauty and toward staticky, post-apocalyptic desolation.

This image comes from Planet Comics #59, 1949.


Comics, Sci-Fi, Spectacles

What do you think?

  1. It’s amazing to me that this isn’t an entire panel — that it’s merely a detail. It’s so complete.

  2. Josh, this panel actually has four people, two rockets, lots of green trees, and a whole skyline of ruined buildings in it. These tiny hidden “frames” are lurking everywhere!

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