Click to enlarge, frantic one!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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
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!
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
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
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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 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!
BONUS! Glance below to see Curt's original magnificent pencil-sketched layout, done in preparation for the above awesome art!
|The above art appears courtesy of the incredible |
BACK ISSUE magazine, from the TwoMorrows folks!
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!
BONUS! Cast your unblinking eyes below to see yet another early
take on this controversial cover! Note how the panic-producing pills
(and bottles) have been excluded and excised! Looks like tons of
touch-ups by John Romita, Sr. and Frank Giacoia were involved!
Monday, January 18, 2010
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!
We interrupt our regular running of the 1970s SPIDER-MAN color Sunday strips, to shoot this little gem your way! Click to enlarge this b/w John Romita piece of SPIDEY original art! Wanna see the printed version of this strip? Click here!