Scotland’s Superheroes

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is currently home to Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics – the largest ever exhibition of Scottish comic book artist Vincent Deighan’s work.

The collection explores both the inspirations and collaborations of the artist, who has worked on iconic titles such as All-Star Superman, Batman and Robin and Captain America: Red, White and Blue.

Deighan started using the pseudonym Frank Quitely early in his career. The name is a play on the phrase ‘quite frankly’ and was used by the artist to hide his identity while writing for Scottish comics. Some of his works from this time are featured in the exhibition at Kelvingrove.

108 tiny mock-up panels Deighan stored in a raisin box for WE3 are on display at the Glasgow gallery, alongside rough sketches on loose script pages and one of the artist’s sketchbooks.

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A separate show room is used to show the work that Deighan did in collaboration with British author Neil Gaiman for The Sandman: Endless Nights, published in 2003.

Works from Daredevil, Judge Dredd, and Jupiter’s Legacy are shown both as initial sketches and finished digital prints, some of which take up entire walls in the exhibition space.

The exhibition opened on April 1st and will run until October 1st 2017. There are over 100 pieces of comic book art to see, including works from Mark Millar, Neal Adams and Bob Kane.

Originally written for TheCORNR.

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