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Leonard Starr Has Died

Old 06-30-15, 09:24 PM
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Leonard Starr Has Died

One of the great storytellers of comic strips, and early practitioners of the photo-realistic style of illustration, has passed away.
David Apatoff, an illustrator himself and an articulate champion of quality illustration and comic artists has , as usual, a lovely obit/ode to him on his blog here.

Mary Perkins, his masterpiece, is well worth checking out. The 14th volume is due to be released next month, with the 15th and final one hopefully before the year is out. This is great stuff, kids-well worth the investment.
I'm happy that Starr got to see his work collected and appreciated before he passed and appreciative that CCP, which is basically a one man show, took all the pains to get this out. I should have discovered it back in the 80's when Dragon Lady packaged a volume of it- but the title gave me the impression it was a "chick strip" ala Mary Worth, which it absolutely is not.

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Old 07-02-15, 04:02 AM
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A couple of years ago I found the 1st 2 issues of Kelly Green @ Goodwill for 50c ea. I know he only did the writing but I thought it was an awesome find. Adult graphic novels before they were called graphic novels.
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Not familiar with either Starr or the Mary Perkins strip. I'll have to look into it.

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That artwork is great. I should know this guy, but I don't recognize any of the strips mentioned so far in this thread. What else did he do?
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I vaguely remember Mary Perkins. The art style was always so different than the other strips, though I can't remember reading it too much.
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Re: Leonard Starr Has Died

Originally Posted by mrhan View Post
A couple of years ago I found the 1st 2 issues of Kelly Green @ Goodwill for 50c ea. I know he only did the writing but I thought it was an awesome find. Adult graphic novels before they were called graphic novels.
Yeah the Kelly Green GNs were good reads- and Stan Drake, who was another early practitioner of the photo realist school, was a perfect match for Starr's writing.
Charles Pelto, the fellow behind CCP who puts out the Mary Perkins On Stage volumes, also plans to collect all the Kelly Green Books in one volume with a potential pub date of mid December this year.
That will probably slip, but whenever it shows up it will be worth the wait.
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Yeah the Kelly Green GNs were good reads- and Stan Drake, who was another early practitioner of the photo realist school, was a perfect match for Starr's writing.
Charles Pelto, the fellow behind CCP who puts out the Mary Perkins On Stage volumes, also plans to collect all the Kelly Green Books in one volume with a potential pub date of mid December this year.
That will probably slip, but whenever it shows up it will be worth the wait.
Cool. Thanks for the info. I will probably pick it up as a reading copy. Here's a few pics of the ones I have. Drake's artwork does look similar to Starr's.






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Old 07-06-15, 09:57 AM
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That artwork is great. I should know this guy, but I don't recognize any of the strips mentioned so far in this thread. What else did he do?
He wrote and designed Thundercats.








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