While going through my comic collection this past weekend, I came across a mid 90’s Image Comics series I wish was still around today. I’m talking about Art Thibert’s highly underrated Black and White.
Published in late 1994, the three issue Black and White mini-series was created, written and drawn by Art Thibert and Pamela Thibert. Black and White is the story of Reed Blackett, who is hired to defend Whitney Samsung and quickly finds himself in the role of bodyguard/guardian, although she refuses to listen to anything he says.
Whitney ‘s behavior is due in part to the fact she’s seeking vengeance against Chang, the person that killed her father, took over his company, and had her committed to an insane asylum.
Black and White was a fun read, with stellar artwork. The costume design may seem simple compared to other comics, but I thought ti worked! Both costumes looks like they could work in a real-life scenario, and both were practical. Even Whitney’s outfit looked right, and remember: this was the Bad Girl era, but instead of going the easy route, the Thibert’s actually put some thought into the heroe’s clothing.
I loved this book back in the day because it mixed super-hero adventures with the James Bond style, and I just hadn’t seen anything like it at the time. However, the main reason Black and White was a favorite book was because I was (and still am) a huge fan of Art Thibert’s work.
Most comic book fans probably know his work as an inker, and Art has inked just about everything in comics. I’d even say he’s the best inker of the last 25 years. But Art Thibert is also one of the best interior artists in the business. Go check out his social media accounts, look at some of his current stuff, it’s just gorgeous stuff!
Sadly, Black and White had the original three issue series, an ashcan, and in 1996 a new #1 called Codename: Black and White. And that was it, and I don’t know why. I thought a few years back the book was being relaunched, but I don’t know if it ever came out or not.
Anyways, maybe Black and White was just ahead of its time, who knows? Well, I for one will always be a fan of Black and White and of Art Thibert. I just hope I get to meet him at a con one day so I can buy some of his art.