Here's a nice little counterpoint to our last post, which inaugurated the "I’m Not an Artist, But…" sub-series!
In THAT POST, I noted the poorly designed cover for Disney Comics' WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES # 574 (1992), and all the needlessly empty blank space, both above, and to the left of, the figure of Donald Duck! (Below)
In contrast, look at this nice job by an old pro, the tragically underrated Phil De Lara, for the cover of THE PINK PANTHER # 13 (Gold Key Comics, 1973)!
Specifically, for the use of an ANTENNA on the back of the Panther's car, and how it extends into, and eliminates any possibility of, (...all together now) "empty blank space" to the left of the Panther's head - no matter how slight that "empty blank space" might have been!
It's all the more a case of "going that little extra step", and you might not even notice it unless you "linger on the cover and think about it more deeply than is warranted", because the ANTENNA is IN NO WAY NEEDED TO CARRY THE GAG!
It's just there for the sake of the best possible composition! It even abuts the logo in such a way that one might imagine the antenna giving the "fancy P" of "Panther" a little nudge!
Completely shifting gears, in addition to categorizing this post in the new "I’m Not an Artist, But…" sub-series, we could also put it in the "Adventures in Comic-Boxing" sub-series, as this observation was formulated while digging through my comics long boxes!
And, it even quasi-qualifies for our other sub-series, "Separated at Mirth" with Mutt and Jeff, in that the height disparity between The Pink Panther and The Inspector is played-up similarly to that between Mutt and Jeff - with SOMETHING BEING OPENED ON TOP to accommodate the taller toff of each two!
The Pink Panther with a CAR...
As you can see, Mutt and Jeff did this umbrella gag more than once... MUCH MORE, in fact! But, that will be the subject of a future "Separated at Mirth"!
For now, we'll just celebrate Gold Key's THE PINK PANTHER # 13 (1973) for hitting the TIAH-Trifecta of "Adventures in Comic-Boxing", "Separated at Mirth", and "I’m Not an Artist, But…" !