I'm not sure if these Swamp Thing images by Gulacy work if I don't know it's Gulacy who did them. There's a lot of Gulacy trademarks throughout. Stiff figures. Implied motion that reads more like statuary than bodies. Side views. Yawning shadows. Restrained action. Gulacy's strength is as a draftsman. I've always found his color work to be competent and sometimes strange, in a good way, but it never eclipsed his drawing. Gulacy was always experimenting with color approaches, however, perhaps to do more illustrative work in comics. His Six From Sirius pages were colored with marker. He's a decent painter as well, but it feels like a struggle with these images. They're flat even though I think they're intended to be more rendered. They're kind of halfway between. Not totally flat, not totally rendered. I wonder if a deadline issue played into the execution. They are bizarre. They give me the feeling of original art I've come across for sale in a flea market. But they're not flea market art. Because I do know Gulacy made them I attribute a lot of good feeling toward them. Even if they were flea market art I'd probably buy them if the price was right.

All artwork by Paul Gulacy

Benjamin Marra is the creator, writer, and artist of the comics NIGHT BUSINESS, AMERICAN BLOOD, and TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror), all published by Fantagraphics. Acclaimed writer Grant Morrison chose Marra as a collaborator on the first issue of the relaunched HEAVY METAL Magazine. Marra had two serialized webcomic series appear on adultswim.com. His most recent book is JESUSFREAK, written by Joe Casey and published by Image Comics. In 2016, he was named one of the Art Directors Club's Young Guns. He illustrated the cover of American Illustration 35. In 2017, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his album art of Wayfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmare, a collection of obscure 1970s post-Age-of-Aquarius Heavy Metal.