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Bridging irrecon­cilable ideas was the matrix of his art.

His panels and characters are bigger on the inside than on the surface.

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Soul music was never more literal.

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Adam McGovern on The Furious 5’s “Freedom” (1980)

The hyperreal detail of his sci-fi comics anticipated hi-res CGI.

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Stairways, backrooms, sofas and regular but uncommon stages.

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A torture-chamber of temporary adjustments.

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Annie Nocenti’s new DC comic Katana.

Comics of deceptive simplicity and un-dupli­catable eloquence.

His stoic pulp and stylish brutality elevated superhero comics.

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The camera never smiled at her, and she’s not looking at you.

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“Having trouble holding the illusion now?”

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“The fraud gets so intricate it takes on a life of its own.”

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“Discarded dreams are everywhere to be found out here.”

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“You, I sense, are a dream without a dreamer.”

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“Belief resists reality — that’s what’s so much better about it!”

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“We know all, yet the code of human contact lies shattered at our feet.”

He’s heir to the old weird America.

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“We plundered the treasurehouse of knowing”

He doesn’t presume to know who made us but he can tell what makes us how we are.

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Annie Nocenti’s CATWOMAN has to create herself on her own

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Her art reflected feelings that no one could speak.

His optimism was almost unreasonable, but we needed it.