Hammer is one of a group of artists who celebrate the fetish of crucificion and mutilation – others include Mahoney and Cyrano.
The style seems unschooled and direct but the bold lines and reasonable anatomy make for a striking image. My readers will know that images of actual mutilation are not my thing but Hammer usually does not go beyond the threat – although piercing proliferates and the speech balloons leave no room for doubt.
The detail attached shows that the compositions are not without skill and although, personally, I prefer a more sophisticated drawing style, his images successfully convey the fear and cruelty of his subjects and the simple lines capture detail like ropes and stubble here which might get lost in a more delicate drawing.
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