Click to enlarge, frantic one!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Another superlative Neal Adams piece of art from the mid-70s! This one is the famous Power Records CONAN tales album front! Click to enlarge!
A recent fan-made poster for the upcoming film, CAPTAIN AMERICA-THE FIRST AVENGER. Darned nice work. Click to enlarge!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Anyone out there remember Atlas Comics? No? Don't feel bad.
This was a 1975 attempt to create another Marvel Comics, using even some of their creative people (no less than Stan Lee's brother, Larry Lieber, was at the helm, with former Marvel overboss Marty Goodman as the money man). Atlas mimicked the look (see the very Jack Kirby-like cover below) and quantity of titles, but not the FEEL and quality of Marvel Comics.
It's fun, tho, to look back and marvel (heh) at the (sometimes very entertaining) books. Notice below, in the "Bullpen Bulletins-type page, how Lieber boasts of all to come from the brand. Alas, Atlas was to collapse on itself as a result of overflooding the stands with too much product too soon (something other comics start-ups fail to learn from, from then to today), and a line of copycat books that were just "ok." Click to enlarge.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Take a gander at this new folder, now in stores, It not only features 80s art by the superlative Jose Garcia Lopez, but inside Batman and Superman art by Jerry Ordway! Very nice! Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Below is a great mid-70s piece of art (pencils on left, finished inks on right) of Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!), by the great Neal Adams. Done for the ubiquitous kid's LP maker of the day, Power Records (a "Peter Pan" division), this is one great (and unused?) image of ol' Cap! Click to enlarge!
Just so you don't think all I ever drew as a lad were the mighty superheroes, here is a huge (around 11 by 17) poster I drew (in ink!) of Hanna/Barbera's cartoon star, good ol' Fred Flintstone. I used to devour the afternoon 70s reruns of the show, so...
Sigh. I guess those vignettes depict Freddie bowling, as a superhero, at the famed "Buffalo Convention (I think I meant "Water Buffalo lodge")," and in drag as somebody named "Mrs. Rockhead!?" Click to enlarge.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Most comics collectors avoid reprint volumes like this one, since, of course, they already have the material seen within. Here is an example of early 70s Marvel reprints where you not only get a fabulous new cover (by the master, John Romita Sr.!), but also many odd pin-ups within! In addition to full-page repros of the covers of the original volumes, this issue gave readers oddly cobbled posters featuring Spidey art from both Romita and Steve Ditko! Click to enlarge!
Some great 1967-era teen mag clippings of the Monkees on set! On tour! On vacation! Meeting the Beatles (well, Ringo, anyway)! Helping underprivileged kids! Hanging with the cast and crew of the TV show! And more! Click to enlarge!
Monday, January 25, 2010
I loved the fast-motion art of comics legend Carmine Infantino, and here is my attempt (at age 11) to re-create those fabulous drawings. here we see Superman zooming in for a frantic confrontation with the Flash! Sure, "Super-man" looks more like Bizzarro, but what do ya want? Also note the fickle crowds in the background! Click to enlarge!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Here is a great cover for an upcoming issue of THE SIMPSONS comic book from Bongo Comics! Homer takes over the TV Batmobile. Sorta. Click to enlarge!
Here is a wonderful and large illustration of the ever-amazing Spider-Man "zippp-ing" it to his arch foe, the nefarious Green Goblin! Drawn by me in the 3rd grade, and still in my "midget Spidey" mode, what's not to love? Gotta admire Spidey's pumpkin head, and Gobby's lovable mug!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Click below to enlarge this terrific image from the 1967 Whitman SUPERMAN coloring book cover. Here we see the art (or the final printing proof), spotlighting a great iconic image on an item that was offered well into the 70s! Does anyone know the artist for this beauty?
Right offa eBay, here is a 90s STAR TREK commission I did for a fan! Not TOO bad for a quick sketch of the ol' Shat (and his trusty hairpiece) and Leonard Nimoy! Click to enlarge and engage!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here we have the incredible original cover rough by comics legend Gil Kane (below left)! Done for the cover of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 148, the 1975 published version (with inks by John Romita Sr.) below right. Note the changes to Spider-man's size and position for maximum impact! Click to enlarge!
Below left is the original and unused cover to LOIS LANE 87, from 1968! Below right is the published version, both by the great Neal Adams! Why the change from inside Superman's fortress to outside? Who knows? Click to enlarge!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Click here to go to the fabulous KIRBY-VISION website, where various artists re-imagine the work of famed comics artist Jack "King" Kirby! You'll see my own take on Jack's pencils below, for a 1976 FANTASTIC FOUR oversized Treasury Edition from Marvel! Click to enlarge!
A fabulous image of the Marvel Superheroes by Steve "The Dude" Rude! Unbelievably fabulous! Click to enlarge and admire!
It's rare when I can bring together two of my interests, but check this one out! A possible link between Silver Age DC Comics and the Monkees? Davy Jones a Gil Kane fan? Strange but possibly true? YOU be the judge! Who needs Oliver Stone? Click to enlarge and decide!
A beautiful illo of the SUPERMAN cast, by long-time DC Comics artist Curt Swan (inks by John Byrne)! Done for one of the many permutations of DC's WHO'S WHO volumes from the 80s. Click to enlarge!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Above is an odd (and little-seen) ad/promo for DC Comics' mid-70s relationship with the Hostess Cakes folks. Most older fans recall the many "Hostess ads" that ran in both Marvel and DC comics for years then, and this page from the SUPER DC CON '76 booklet celebrates that lucrative association. Art by Vince Colletta? Click to enlarge!
Below is the unpublished (left) cover rough for SPIDER-MAN 97, from 1971! Composed by Gil Kane, this was to be the cover for the controversial "drug use" issue of the book, involving a cast member falling under the spell of some pretty heavy addictions. Perhaps the original take was seen as one that would attract TOO much attention to the comic's sensitive contents? The final published cover (by John Romita Sr.) is on the right. Click to enlarge!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here's a great early-70s panel from an issue of JIMMY OLSEN. Neither Jimmy OR his portrait (hanging in the ridiculous Jimmy Olsen Fan-Club headquarters) seem too darned happy. Perhaps because his kiddie fan club (don't they have better things to do?) momentarily turned on him? Click to enlarge!
Click below to enlarge these images of the original art for the cover of IRON MAN 38! Some great 1971 Marvel art by Sal Buscema!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Get a load of this oddball 1968 BATMAN UK annual cover, an obvious take on the cover of DETECTIVE 375 (right). Are Batman and Robin on vacation? Part of a "Batman Appreciation Day" parade? Just a cocky kinda guy? Looking for tips? Click to enlarge!