Dial P For Power page 1
So here it is… the first page of Propeller. I tend to wear my influences on my sleeve and I have no problem acknowledging that the idea for this story and the style of its execution would be radically different, and infinitely poorer, were it not for the time it spent sharing my subconscious with the many masterful works of Sir1 Alfred Hitchcock. If you’re going to steal, make sure you steal from the best. And when it comes to suspense, Hitchcock was the man.
Of course, my being a lowly writer with zero artistic inclinations means that this comic could not exist in any easily-decipherable form without a great deal of help. My thanks to Henry Ponciano for performing art duties on the above page…
However, it is with decidedly mixed feelings that I accompany this debut of Mr Ponciano’s outstanding work with news of his departure from the project. I say mixed feelings because I always wanted the art on this comic to be consistent (and consistently good) and I see it as a failing on my part that I could not keep Henry in the Propeller family. On the other hand, I have seen the pages submitted by his successor – the hugely talented Alberto Muriel – and I cannot help but be glad that I now get an opportunity to work with someone who brings his A-game to everything.
In the coming weeks I will write in much more depth about the pleasures and perils of assembling (and reassembling) a team to produce a comic such as this but, for now, let me just say that you few, you happy few, you band of readers are in for a visual treat whichever artist happens to have drawn the page.
1 Hitchcock was knighted in 1980, after having turned down the lesser honour of a CBE in 1962 – testament to the policy of holding out for a better offer.