Sunday, December 6, 2009
ULTRAMAN GOES NEO-MID CENTURY '60s POP!
Bob Logan's Amazing "Ultraman" Studies
Episode 1, "Ultra Operation: No. 1". ©1966 Tsuburaya Productions
Episode 5, "Secret of the Milogandar". ©1966 Tsuburaya Productions
Episode 2, "Blast the Invaders". ©1966 Tsuburaya Productions
Back in August, I posted a fantastic Science Patrol recruiting poster created by illustrator and animator Bob Logan. Here, I've posted three of his "Ultraman Studies" taken from scenes in early episodes of the original ULTRAMAN. It goes without saying that Mr. Logan has a keen interest in the 1966 series, and these studies were executed in the style of Neo-'50s pop art; akin to the work of contemporary retro-pop purveyors, Shag and Tim Biskup.
But, who is Bob Logan? For those who don't know, the Annie-award nominee began his career cutting his teeth on The Simpsons in the early 1990s. Since then, has worked as a Story Artist on various animation productions for Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks Animation, including Powerpuff Girls: The Movie (2002). He recently published his first book, Rocket Town (2008) from Tor Books. I certainly hope to see more of his Ultraman-inspired work in the future!