142: “Look, an open hatchway!”
c.1983 | age 14/15? Luke and Leia flee the stormtroopers — holy canted angles Batman! This’ll be a short post today. The «previous one was long, with lots of text and graphical content, but I don’t think many people even read it. It’s a good thing I’m not doing this project to be famous, admired or rich. I just enjoy the journey anyway.
I also need to devote much more time to job-hunting and my creative online portfolio website!
The top panel draws almost totally from Howard Chaykin’s artwork, and Roy Thomas’ script in the Marvel adaptation. The text is almost the same.
Holy Canted Angles!
Today’s is more modern. Around 1982 or ’83, I was getting much better at the old drawing (diligent comics study you see?). And this is pretty dramatic stuff too. Cinematic canted angles and all! the first time I ever heard that expression was whilst watching the (appalling) Batman series of the ’60s. For a time in 1988, while I awaited my dad to finish work and pick me up after Art College in Dublin; I’d nip over to the flat of some friends. I’d have some tea and watch re-runs of Batman on their TV each day at 5 O’Clock, which was receiving the new (and also appalling) SKY Television.
You’d watch it knowingly, telling yourself how clever you were—because you were studying film—that it’s so good it’s bad. (Oh that old cliché. Aren’t some teenage students just… annoying?) My mate Stephen, who knew all about cinema, was a Citizen Kane fan and was more serious about it than me, was sort of ironically enjoying it too. He singled out the canted angles for praise. I’d never heard the expression before. Anyway, I’ve just looked it up on Wikipedia and would you believe, it says:
Dutch tilt, Dutch angle, Dutch shot, oblique angle, German angle, canted angle, Batman angle, or Jaunty angle