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Mark of Kane - pt2

It was Kane's ingenious use of perspective that marked Kane as a true designer. His roughs and layouts for StarHawks clearly show his working methods. Figure placement and background elements, as well as his figure construction. They show quite clearly how he structured the head and face, and why his particular cheeks looked the way they do.

The StarHawks collection is a wonderful source of some of Kane's best work. Humorous and dramatic stories are expertly depicted by Kane.

Another source can be found in Sword of the Atom, as well as his adaptation of the Ring of the Nibelung . In the Ring, he inks all of his work in a constant line weight - a method he often employed. Many young artists today do the same, often coming to use brushes later in their careers. Kane never felt the need to do so.

For a long period, Kane did work here and there for DC, but worked in the animation industry through the 1980s. In the 1990s Kane worked at Topps, and finally at Malibu, for its Bravura line of creator-owned projects.

His animation work was in design and concepts, and one key example stands out.

Looking at the three Centurions, one begins to notice something eerie - you see three of the comics masters that worked on the cartoon. Gil Kane, Doug Wildey, and Jack Kirby. Sea, Air, and Land. And, what was the name of the lady in Sky Vault?

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