Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nancy Drew Comics

So I was reading Romance without Tears (a collection of old comic books) over two years ago, and I came across a heroine who looks exactly like Nancy Drew:



That's Nancy Drew, right? I mean, it looks like it was drawn by the guy who painted the Nancy Drew book covers.

I heard they have an official Nancy Drew comic book series, so naturally, I thought they would hire the guy who drew the above comic to draw the Nancy Drew comics. Boy was I in for a surprise when I picked up a Nancy Drew comic book and saw this:



Nancy Drew, what happened to you? Your fingers scare me, your cheekbone sticks out at the most ridiculous angle, and George has been turned into a scarecrow. No wonder Bess is hiding her head in shame.

Anyhoo, there's no point to this blog entry, except that I wanted to share those pictures with you. Oh, and for fun, I tried drawing my own picture of the two Nancys to see which is easier to draw. Turns out the realistic one is slightly easier to draw, for me, at least.



If I had more free time, I'd write a comic strip where the two Nancys get in a fight over which one of them is the real Nancy Drew.

13 comments:

Roberta said...

haha, the first comic srip was better, I totally agree with u on the second one though, she looks soooo weird on that. wow, two nancy's fighting over who's who? that outta be interesting, especially for guys. lol

Anonymous said...

Wow...big difference! I picked up the modern comic book and I'm just like, "uhh.....no." That is NOT Nancy Drew." I like the old one better. And you should totally do that comic with Nancy vs. Nancy! =]

WinkyGoMoo said...

I'm really disapointed in the new comics. They started out okay, but then they changed the design or something and the mysteries got duller. :/

Hippodameia said...

I don't think the same guy drew the first comic and designed the images used on the book covers. Rather, I think the style the two different artists used was very common for that time period (the comic looks to be a little before the era of the cult of domesticity, so maybe the '40s), kind of how that hideous pseudo-anime style is frequently used in comics today (like in that second comic, for instance). Nancy was designed to be the ideal, beautiful woman who overcame small obstacles and female stereotypes by knowing how to change a flat or operate a motorboat, but she also had to make tasty sandwiches for the inane number of luncheons she attended. Basically, she was a superwoman. So, illustrators changed her appearance and skills as societal values for women changed. That's exactly what Harriet Stratemeyer Adams did with the first few, original titles in the Nancy Drew series, which were written by Mildred Wirt Benson in the '30s; she appropriated the original snarky Nancy to a polite '50s era housewife who spent three-quarters of the book being rescued by Ned and, yanno, making sandwiches.

Rant over! :D

Mallory said...

Hey. :) I was wondering when you would look at the comic books. I wanted to ask you about them before. ^o^ I have 3 of the Nancy Drew comics and 1 of the Hardy Boys comics. lol I remember reading about the books before I bought them. Somewhere... *thinks* But I guess they updated Nancy for the newer crowd of girls. Make her look "younger" and more "updated". I like the classic Nancy Drew better! :)
Nice drawings. ;) lol And BTW, love the Nancy Drew video walkthroughs. You're hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I am in a bit of a dilemma, so I'd love it if anyone (or Michael) would help me out: I am playing Nancy Drew Warnings at Waverly Academy, and it's the next day after you've found out Rachael's secret, right? Well, I've put the pictures Rachael wants on the school web site, only she wrote back on the page that she didn't like my picture of the United States map. Since you can only get into that room at night (or so I assume, because the last time I tried to get in that room during the day I got caught), I tried to set my alarm on my phone to 11:00 PM--but Nancy keeps telling me "this is no time for a nap." So what I did was sit around and wait for time to pass, but night never comes! Since taking a picture of the wooden map of the US is the only way I can move forward in the game, I'm stuck. Do any of you know how I can make it night so I can sneak back in and take a picture of what I need?

Alana said...

To Anonymous who asked the Warnings at Waverly Academy Question:

When the situation you described happens, it creates a glitch in the game that allows you to enter the classroom at any time, not just at night. Another day won't pass/time won't change on its own anymore, and you won't be able to manually change the day with the alarm, so your only choice is to enter during the day. Hope that helps you! :)

Anonymous said...

LOL I've read every ND graphic novel (Not comic book!~!!)and never noticed that. However, I really enjoy them. Nancy has changed so much that there are bunches of Nancy's to fight with. Hehe, but seriously, the artist has his own style, and it fits with the story line and modern Nancy. I've been reading the old classics (1930s!!!) And Nancy exclaims and cries out wayyy too much. I mean really. The covers for those books fit her then, and the pictures/art for now fits her now.

Anonymous said...

I've read almost every original Nancy Drew book, the 64 book series...I'm actually on my last one! I don't think Nancy cries that much in the books. That's usually Bess's job. But yes, unfortunately, Nancy does make a lot of sandwiches in the books, unless Hannah does it for her. And she also does a lot of other girly things like buy dresses, go to parties, picnics, etc. That's mainly because the books were published in the late 1930's, and pretty much all girls wore dresses then, and there weren't a lot of tomboys as much as there is now. Nancy Drew was created for mystery fans like the original creator's boy detective books, but Nancy Drew was made to appeal to young girls. She was made to be basically almost perfect, an ideal role model.Your attractive, partially wealthy, smart, clever, cunning teenage girl. Remember that back then a lot of girls behaved the same way. There weren't things like computers or cell phones to get in their ways of basically just being friends and liking the same stuff. So when this awesome, red-haired detective walks in, [in some of the books Nancy's hair is actually blonde]it must have been pretty good to see such a neat detective like that. So yes, even though Nancy was a bit of a "girl" throughout the book series, remember that she IS actually a girl, and times were different back then. Remember, World War II was going on, so seeing a girl as courageous as Nancy was, especially considering World War II was when girls started participating in wars, it was a big deal.

Anonymous said...

I've read almost every original Nancy Drew book, the 64 book series...I'm actually on my last one! I don't think Nancy cries that much in the books. That's usually Bess's job. But yes, unfortunately, Nancy does make a lot of sandwiches in the books, unless Hannah does it for her. And she also does a lot of other girly things like buy dresses, go to parties, picnics, etc. That's mainly because the books were published in the late 1930's, and pretty much all girls wore dresses then, and there weren't a lot of tomboys as much as there is now. Nancy Drew was created for mystery fans like the original creator's boy detective books, but Nancy Drew was made to appeal to young girls. She was made to be basically almost perfect, an ideal role model.Your attractive, partially wealthy, smart, clever, cunning teenage girl. Remember that back then a lot of girls behaved the same way. There weren't things like computers or cell phones to get in their ways of basically just being friends and liking the same stuff. So when this awesome, red-haired detective walks in, [in some of the books Nancy's hair is actually blonde]it must have been pretty good to see such a neat detective like that. So yes, even though Nancy was a bit of a "girl" throughout the book series, remember that she IS actually a girl, and times were different back then. Remember, World War II was going on, so seeing a girl as courageous as Nancy was, especially considering World War II was when girls started participating in wars, it was a big deal.

Anonymous said...

O.O those fingers are pretty freaky!

Jesse Conner said...

I am in a bit of a dilemma, so I'd love it if anyone (or Michael) would help me out: I am playing Nancy Drew Warnings at Waverly Academy, and it's the next day after you've found out Rachael's secret, right? Well, I've put the pictures Rachael wants on the school web site, only she wrote back on the page that she didn't like my picture of the United States map. Since you can only get into that room at night (or so I assume, because the last time I tried to get in that room during the day I got caught), I tried to set my alarm on my phone to 11:00 PM--but Nancy keeps telling me "this is no time for a nap." So what I did was sit around and wait for time to pass, but night never comes! Since taking a picture of the wooden map of the US is the only way I can move forward in the game, I'm stuck. Do any of you know how I can make it night so I can sneak back in and take a picture of what I need?

Patriciaiktq said...

I am in a bit of a dilemma, so I'd love it if anyone (or Michael) would help me out: I am playing Nancy Drew Warnings at Waverly Academy, and it's the next day after you've found out Rachael's secret, right? Well, I've put the pictures Rachael wants on the school web site, only she wrote back on the page that she didn't like my picture of the United States map. Since you can only get into that room at night (or so I assume, because the last time I tried to get in that room during the day I got caught), I tried to set my alarm on my phone to 11:00 PM--but Nancy keeps telling me "this is no time for a nap." So what I did was sit around and wait for time to pass, but night never comes! Since taking a picture of the wooden map of the US is the only way I can move forward in the game, I'm stuck. Do any of you know how I can make it night so I can sneak back in and take a picture of what I need?