Direct from Kyle Baker himself, here’s a comparison of the font he used for his run on Plastic Man and the typeface that inspired it. I wish I could say I recognized it, but all I can say is I always thought it was a good fit. Knowing where it’s originally from just makes it kinda perfect.
Originally published Dec. 14, 2013
I missed it by about an hour, but Dec. 13 is Kyle Baker’s birthday! In my opinion, Baker is THE BEST creator to work with Plastic Man, second only to Jack Cole himself. If you’ve never read his 2004-2006 run on the character’s self-titled series, do yourself a favor and get on that quick.
And speaking of Jack Cole …
photo courtesy: NYC Graphic
From Plastic Man #20 (Vol. 4)
I’ve been fighting off a cold the past few days, but regular posting will resume shortly. In the meantime enjoy this cover from Plastic Man #19 (Vol. 3) by Kyle Baker, from his 20-issue run on the title.
I’m a big fan of Baker’s version of Plas. His talent for grounding absurdity in just enough realism – not to mention his deft touch for satire – allowed him to create an updated version of the character that still stayed true to the best of Jack Cole’s original. More than anyone since Cole, Baker understood the charm and gentle surrealism of Plastic Man.