Here are some close-ups from the Alicia Pin-up I showed you yesterday. Wonderful work by Chic Stone here on the inks. I think Jack and Chic capture Alicia’s blindness very well, without resorting to a typical comics “blindness” gimmick like having the iris in both eyes all white.
Notice Stone probably decided to make the top of Alicia’s head a little smaller so you see that crown of white-out. Also note some other splashes of white-out on the face.
I wasn’t a big fan of Stone’s “coloring book” style with the super-heavy lines as a kid, but I’ve grown to really enjoy his work on Jack. Looking at the originals closely you can see a lot of variety in the consistency of the ink Chic used, which I think adds another dimension to the art. Stone’s originals are particularly more beautiful than the published work in my opinion.
I wonder if the pencil cursive writing you can see in the image below is by Jack or maybe Stan Lee. The “y” in “My” looks a lot like Jack’s cursive “y” so maybe the text is by Jack. I suppose a letterer may have added the inked-text, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Lee had a woman in the office write that text to capture an authentic female style of writing.
You can see quite a bit of glue residue over that text, so it looks like there used to be a paste-up on the art. I don’t have a scan of the published Alicia image, so if anyone out there has a scan of it — or if someone wouldn’t mind scanning the image from Fantastic Four Annual # 2 (1964) — it would be fun to see what kind of change Lee made to the piece. Maybe Lee wasn’t satisfied with the handwriting, or maybe he changed the note from Alicia?
A close-up of the Thing sculpture. Interestingly we don’t see the eyes. This could be Jack’s way of making the image look more like a sculpture, or maybe this furthers the concept that Alicia is blind.
The hanging, faceless doll in the foreground gives the piece a somber and somewhat depressing feel. This could be Jack either simply showing us that Alicia is the daughter of the Puppet Master, or Jack might be using this group of hanging dolls to add a hint of sadness and tragedy to the image.
You can see Jack’s pencils underneath Alicia’s fragile hand on the tools.
Incredibly thick brushwork here on the contour lines which creates great contrast. Chic probably beefed-up those lines by adding an additional brushstroke or two. I’ve seen that stain at the bottom of the image on a lot of Jack’ s originals. In the case of Sinnott-inked pieces, Joe has mentioned this was coffee since he liked to drink several cups while he worked on Jack’s art. I suppose that could be the case here as well, or who knows.
Finally, here is a close-up of the fashion pages sitting next to Alicia — a great example of Jack and Chic Stone’s attention to detail, although since Alicia is blind, I’m not sure how much use these images would be to her.