Jul 16, 2010

Escher in Comics: Steve Bissette's 1963: Tales of the Uncanny

Welcome to another installment of Escher in Comics, in which we take a look at how some comics use MC Escher's artistic techniques! Click here for the archive!

For those of you not in the know, MC Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch graphic artist that was known for tessellations, optical illusions, and mathematical pictures. One of his famous works was the 1961 piece Waterfall:

Essentially, the water from the base of the waterfall seems to run uphill to feed itself into the waterfall. I always liked this one and thought it was pretty cool.

In the 1963 line of comics by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and Rick Veitch, we got to read 1993-era satires of comics from Marvel's Silver Age. Each 1963 character stood for a character of that bygone era from the House of Ideas. Iron Man's counterpart was a half-human/half-robot named the Hypernaut, who lived in a nicely Escheresque headquarters, in the shape of a Penrose triangle:

Pretty cool, huh? What a trip!

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