I’ve been re-reading Justice Society recently, and I have to say: I adore Dale Eaglesham’s artwork. A lot of comic artists will skimp on the background, but he isn’t one of them. He pays attention to details and includes lots of small touches that most artists wouldn’t bother with. It makes his art a joy to look at.
Here’s an example, where we get a glimpse at the inside of Sand’s room.
Sand’s bedroom feels like a real bedroom and it tells the audience little details about the character without needing a single word. His record player hints that he’s old-fashioned or at least has old-timey interests. (He was born in the 1920s.) On this and the next couple pages, we see that he has some Eastern art, reflecting his interests in Asian cultures. He’s got a ton of books, indicating that he’s a bit of a bookworm. He’s even got slippers at the foot of his bed.
It’s a gorgeous page. But it does raise one interesting question.
Why does Sand have a hookah?
Pictures from Justice Society of America #14