|Posted: 15 September 2020 at 1:36pm | IP Logged | 4
No, not downing Frenz at all. I love his stuff. Plus I owe him- my wife's first comics were several issues of Spidergirl.
My point was that there are some names who will always appear in any discussion of the all-time greats- Kirby, Eisner, Neal Adams, etc.
Frenz, like everyone else, followed in the footsteps of these innovators. To me, Frenz's work looks like a cross between Jack Kirby and Sal Buscema.
Kirby will always be regarded more highly because he was first, and because he created so much of the Marvel Universe.
However, recognizing Kirby's greatness doesn't diminish the quality of Frenz. If you're a Frenz fan, and comparing the two simply as illustrators, you might feel Frenz is just as good as Kirby; maybe even better.
In this case Frenz may not always get the recognition he deserves because we're comparing him to Kirby instead of just appreciating the greatness of his art for its own sake. And that makes him under-rated.