Monday, February 21, 2011
Manhunter was a character way ahead of his time. I remember reading his back-up feature by Walt Simonson and Archie Goodwin in those great Detective Comics 100 Page Giants and the artwork and storyline were unlike anything I har read up to that point. It would be several more years before comics caught up to the ninja craze or with Simonson's inventive layouts and sound effects. There have been a bunch of characters called Manhunter pass through the DCU since then, but none have been able to capture lightning in a bottle the way this incarnation did.
Not only is Walt Simonson a superb artist, he is also an incredibly nice guy. I was lucky enough to get one of his free quickie sketches at a convention a while beck: