I first discovered Feininger’s work in 1978, in a collection published in the Netherlands. It permanently blew right open my conception of comics, and it continues to actively inspire me to this day. His Willie Winkie pages are some of the most beautiful art that I know of in any medium. Try to see them in their original h-u-g-e size, reprinted in Sunday Press’s fabulous book, Forgotten Fantasy.
I am envious of anyone who gets to see these for the first time.Sunday Press offers “Forgotten Fantasy” a must-own volume of early Sunday strips—including every Feininger strip!—reprinted at their original size!!!ANDThey are having a sale… http://sundaypressbooks.comDon’t miss it.
Every serious comic fan needs to own both “Fantasy” and its companion volume “Society is Nix”
The backgrounds are great… but Wee Willie looks more like a little old man than a little boy.
Not many sublime visual possibilities being demonstrated here — but then, Spiegelman is often full of crap.
“Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,“Are the children in their beds, for now it’s eight o’clock?”(I remember my mother telling us kids this Mother Goose poem.)
What numbers? If you cannot enlarge it with the magnifying glass on the strip, try using theenlarging glass in the lower right corner on your computer!
I love these. Feininger (also an important painter) had a beautiful, off-kilter vision, and his sympathy and understanding of the half-light world of early childhood appeals to me. This is what many of my earliest memories were like — massive misapprehensions about the world around me.