Rafael Kayanan

Rafael Kayanan seemed to be following in Pat Broderick's footsteps when I first noticed his art.  In the early 80's, Raf took over the pencilling duties on the Fury of Firestorm when Broderick left, and again in the late 80's, he replaced Broderick on Captain Atom.  However, it was his work on the sequel to the classic Conan story, "Red Nails", in Savage Sword of Conan that really turned my head.  The most striking thing about that work is the attention to detail in not only the human figures but in the backgrounds as well -- something that brings to mind Barry Windsor-Smith's stunning work on "Red Nails".  However, I feel that Raf is an excellent artist in his own right.  Though it's apparent that Windsor-Smith's work on the character was a major inspiration on Raf's Conan, Raf is by no means merely imitating him.  I've heard that Raf is interested in computer generated artwork, but he's still picking up pencilling jobs.  He did a nice job on the latest incarnation of Turok and has been doing a great job pencilling the last issues of Amazing Spider-Man.  I can't wait to see what he does next!

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