Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sailor On The Sea Witch # 6 (illustrated by John Carmine)

In Worlds’ End, Brant listens to a tale of the high seas told by Jim.

Jim’s story recounts meeting a gentleman named Robert Gadling who was a passenger on the Sea Witch and was going back to England.

On their journey they faced a fierce storm and the following day the sea was calm with no wind to propel them. The crew spent the day repairing things that the wind had damaged the previous day and each of the sailors performed their own superstitious rituals hoping to call the wind to guide them once again.

One of the sailors noticed a large school of fish racing toward them on the horizon. The men cast their nets and caught hundreds of fish as they passed the Sea Witch.

This man is one of the many sailors who caught fish as they leapt out of the ocean and into the nets.

He appears in Sandman # 53, page 17, panel 3.

This portrait has a sense of freedom about it that I was not expecting. It feels fresh and free and is absolutely perfect. Even though this is a very minor character this is definitely one of my favorite portraits from John.

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