One of the great things Chip Kidd did was to make a thing about zooming in on old cheaply printed pulp comics. The distressed dots, the pieces of wood floating in the paper and the grayed out blacks combine with the crude boldness of up close brush work to create a fresh graphic magic that’s part junk culture nostalgia and part pop art.
Just for funsies I’ve zoomed in on a panel from AMERICA’S BEST HEROES story. It’s not a fifty year old comic but a modern story designed and colored to look as realistically retro as possible. Pencils and colors by me and inks by Andrew Pepoy.