Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
From last year's summer HEROES CON in beautiful and balmy Charlotte, NC.
Signed art board with custom sketches by Big Dick Giordano, Happy Herb Trimpe, and Rampagin' Ron Wilson!
Also got my 1974 HULK Aurora model kit box signed by Herb!
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If you can tear your eyes away from the lovely creature in the Batgirl outfit, ask yourself why this pic just don't work the way the creators intended..
Yep. The idea is that she's lying among tons of comic books. They don't "read" as comics, however. Thanks to today's use of cluttered cover logos and over-rendered and colored art, the books all appear as small, colorful blurs, as opposed to, say, a BATMAN comic, or an ARCHIE comic cover..Can you make out more than 3 logos or characters in that visual mess?
Before the 80s, clear storytelling and graphics were the rule, so a cover could snag an eye fro across a store, tipping the scales toward a sale or two, and creating potential future readers..
Not any more..
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A color John Byrne piece from the centerspread of ART OF JOHN BYRNE. Sorry for the odd splice, but that's how I cut it out, to hang on my bedroom door in 1980!
Also, a great Sub-Mariner vs Iron Man sketch by Gene "The Dean" Colan!
From early-90s original comic art catalogs, here are some rare John Romita sr sketches and guides, as well as an unpubbed INCREDIBLE HULK cover by Herb Trimpe!
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
I so love toys and products from before the days of style guides. Those are pre-prepared books full of company-approved images for use on toys, curtains, shirts, beach towels, etc....All committee-directed to be JUST the way all parties want the images to look.
Not so in the 60s and 70s. The firms licensing the characters got to often create the artwork for the products, resulting in some rather--odd--resuslts...Check some of these products sporting "not quite right" artwork of these well-established properties...
Posted by Al Bigley at 7:07 AM
Labels: "Amazing Spider-Man" "Marvel Comics" "Spidey", "Captain America" "Incredible Hulk" "fantastic four"
Saturday, June 6, 2009
A great painting of ol' Webhead, from the 1976 Whitman storybook.
Yes, Spidey is putting the wrap on Doc Ock beside the World Trade Center tower...
Anyone know the artist for this piece?