2013 - Update. After years of inactivity, I have
resumed updating this page. There is a new image
under "Other art", and a great collection of
"Black Hole" pics. All newly-added pics are being scanned at a higher resolution.
The Hive pics should be up soon!
THIS IS A FAN PAGE... I ONLY DID IT BECAUSE I LIKE BURNS'S WORK. ALL THE PICTURES ARE SCANNED FROM BOOKS AND COMICS I OWN.
If you like this page, perhaps you might also be interested in the other tribute page I've created, for Melbourne artist Howard Arkley, although VERY different from Charles Burns!
WHY I LOVE CHARLES
I think he is a genre artist, and horror is the genre he works in. But his comics are so personal, so deeply instilled with archetypal concepts of guilt, childhood, adolescent sexuality, and poignant, nostalgic portrayals of post-war America, that he transcends genre. He is not just a great comics artist, but a great artist in any medium.
I first encountered Burns's work in the pages of Raw. I bought Raw #5 from The Land Beyond Beyond, a wonderful Sydney shop which I often frequented in the early 80s
Much of Burns's early work seems to come right out of 50s and 60s America. In particular it draws on the horror comics and television programs of that time, combined with a strong autobiographical feeling.
masterwork, Black Hole, jumps forward to the
70s. The morality tales of Big Baby are
replaced with the more frightening ghouls which
associate themselves with teenage sexuality.
And The Hive takes
Burns's world of psychological
horror and sexual intensity and molds it in the shape of a Tintin