Burns Charles - Mutant Tilley by Charles Burns - Illustration

Burns Charles - Mutant Tilley



Charles Burns "Mutant Tilley: New Yorker" 1993
Ink on paper 17" x 12 1/2"
"Mutant Tilley presents another gleeful twist, as Burns reimagines the magazine's monocled mascot as a sinewy demon with a pustulated neck, examining a hovering mosquito while posed against a postapocalyptic wasteland. It is the testament to the power of Burn's vision that the dandy looks every bit as forbidding as the B-movie monsters that surround him."
Excerpt of the Artforum review by Michael Wilson of the Charles Burns' exhibition at the Adam Baumgold gallery.

About Charles Burns

Charles Burns is one of the most notorious authors of horror comics. His instantly recognizable drawings combine crisp, highly stylized linework with dark, disturbing imagery. Apart from his visual power, Burns is also a masterful storyteller. While he acknowledges his fascination for "weird stuff", his stories still rank among the most captivating and intrigueing graphic novels ever created. His works are veritable page-turners with plot lines that reveal deeper, psychological themes upon re-reading. Burns was born in 1955 in Washington D.C. The family moved around a lot, before settling in Seattle around 1965. One of Burns' earliest influences was Hergé, whose 'Tintin' stories he gazed upon before he could actually read. His father had bought some of the earliest U.S. translations, while the series was still largely unknown in the rest of the United States. Both the memorable imagery as well as Hergé's "Ligne Claire" ("Clear Line") had a deep impact on Burns' own comics. Text (c) Lambiek

To leave a comment on that piece, please log in
DeadlineUSA Splendid and scary and funny ! A truly terrific illo !
Mar 10, 2017, 7:10 PM
Uorips What a great page and a superb reference to the New Yorker ! I love it !
Feb 26, 2017, 2:57 PM
paul Allways a pleasure to see this treasure.
Jan 20, 2017, 11:48 PM
flober75 A beautiful Burns !!!
Sep 22, 2014, 10:20 PM