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!
We've got four examples today for you folks!
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 most famous pieces was the woodcut print, "Another World."
As you can see, it plays with the concept of a center of gravity, and can't possibly exist.
Perfect for a sci-fi setting where "gravity is localized"! In Roger Stern and Philippe Briones' Captain America Corps, the Contemplator gathers five Captains America of different times: Steve Rogers in the early days of World War II; John Walker in his early days as USAgent; Bucky, the Winter Soldier; Shannon Carter, the American Dream of the future; and Kiyoshi Morales, Commander A of the far future. This is their first meeting.
This image gets replayed in recaps in subsequent issues, each time rotated so that the narrator of that particular issue is right side up.
Escher's most famous work is probably the 1953 piece known as Relativity, which played with the concept of the center of gravity:
This actually showed up in DC Comics a lot around the time, whenever they went to Dr. Fate's tower, since it's all magic and stuff. Here's an example from the 2002 JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice by Geoff Johns, David Goyer, and Carlos Pacheco.
It also showed up in Avengers Forever, by Kurt Busiek and (again) Carlos Pacheco.
Except this time, the gravity centers were reversed, so everyone falls down!
Finally, Escher is also known for "Bond of Union" (1956).
Jeff Parker and Nick Dragotta used that in the 2008–2009 miniseries Age of the Sentry, where we were treated to Silver Age–type adventures of Marvel's Superman analogue. One of Sentry's enemies is Emcee Escher!
Too bad that's the only time we see EE, but maybe someone can pick up on that idea and run with it.
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