Friday, September 02, 2011

Flash and Dale lost in the ether above Shreveport: new acrylic and collage composition from painter Tony Reans

"This piece is panel #5 out of 5 for one Sunday comic in 1937, the exact date of which I'm not sure," writes painter Tony Reans.

"Flash and Dale are looking for their friend and fellow earthling, Dr. Hans Zarkov,
who is lost in a jungle on the planet Mongo.

As a terrible storm approaches, Flash is suddenly attacked by a killer "living vine," which wants to strangle him to death for apparently no reason. You know how those pesky living vines can be.

Dale tries to help him, of course, and is attacked by the vine as well.

As the two are just about done for, a lightning bolt strikes the vine and kills it, saving our heroic lovers. Call it divine providence.

I've included panels 1 through 4 in the collage around the outside of this painting, so a viewer can, if he or she so wishes, read the whole story. Pretty cool.

And as always, those beautiful newspaper comics from the 1930s have a deep, rich patina and the colors are still vibrant and warm even after all these years."

A Love Like Ours
36" x 36" x 2.5" Acrylic and collage on canvas, August 2011

Tony Reans Fine Art & Photography
327 Yolanda Lane / Shreveport, LA 71105
(318) 453-2952

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