Here’s part 2 of Frank Moss & Frank Borth’s ten-part serial from 1952, “The Treasure of Paradise Island.” As always, these pages come from Catholic University’s online archive of Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact.
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It’s interesting… I like the plot, and each individual panel is very nicely drawn (if occasionally a tad stiff), but the whole thing is just a bit more clunky than I’d prefer. I think it’s because Borth doesn’t vary his layout; he sticks with his strict six-panel grid with no differentiation for important or exciting events–he only violates it twice, uniting the top two panels on the first and last pages of the story. My theory is that the static nature of the panels unfortunately leads to an unconscious interpretation in the reader that the story is static, not exciting. I’m not sure if this is true, but it seems so to me.
Next week is part 3!