Greetings Comic Natives, today we have Tradd Moore, and he is the penciler/inker of Image Comics recent SMASH hit “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode.” The book is centered on the desire of most teen males – to be strong, buff, to make an imposing impression (Don’t “F” with me). However, this is where the similarity to the average teenage life ends, the story morphs from an innocent obsession of wishful thinking…into an all too real nightmare. When wishes come true there is always a sacrifice demanded and for Luther Strode the protagonist, his sacrifice is his very humanity.
While reviewing the books, I noticed Tradd’s ability to depict visually violent outcomes; yet not so much that it is scary overboard. The violence is situation appropriate; which manages to level the book out, as Luther wants nothing to do with clear and present violence foreshadowed for him by a gentleman that looks like Batman’s Alfred on steroids. However, Luther is forced to learn that in life sometimes your wants really does matter especially when someone with more muscle has his or her self interest at play.
Tradd explains that the story’s influence originated from the old advertisements (order here for BIGGER muscles, a submarine, or sea monkeys) that comic books were rifled with in the 1980’s…they always seem to promise much but delivered little, but we were kids and we believed it would work just as advertised. The completion of this book marks Tradd’s trial by fire comic book induction now as a professional artist.
What’s next for the artist, well Tradd has stated that a dream of his has alsways been to work with such living legends such as Neil Gaiman, Takashi Miike, John Romita Jr, and John Cassaday to mention a Few. Artist such as these have helped inspire and influence Tradd’s pilgrimage into the comic book industry.
Tradd himself may not be a legend as of yet however, I would love to someday have him work on one of my projects (Tradd, just remember not to get so BIG that you forget the little people).