Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Look for Robin!

Don't want you to think I'm picking on poor old Robin these days, but here is a 1975 drawing I did for DC Comics!

Well, sorta.

Anybody recall DC's mid-70s "New Look for Robin" reader contests back then? They'd run fan's drawings of new costume ideas for the former Boy Wonder in the pages of their late, great, content-stuffed  BATMAN SUPER SPECTACULAR issues. I think future pros like Norm Breyfogle even got his drawing published then.

Anyway, this was my entry. Don't think I ever sent it in. 

That might be a good thing.

Although I loved the classic Robin get-up, and agreed the short pants wouldn't go in the real world, I saw this as a chance to get my name and work in print.

Dig that angular left shoulder. I was doing the "Bruce Timm" thing 20 years early!

I also love the repeating "Rs" on Robin's gloves. Years before the "love"and "hate" hand tattoos...Do they leave the insignia embedded on his foe's chins?

I'm sure I saw the "Earth 2 Robin" outfit by then. This seems to be very much based on that costume in many ways.

But, red and blue together?


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Beaded Burt (Ward)!

Due to all the requests (one), here is the Robin Bake-a-Craft stained glass figure. I got this from eBay a few years back, and did my own bead-handling and baking. Not big on detail, but notice how I tried to get some sort of flesh color by adding white and orange beads. They didn't melt together as planned, making poor Robin look like he has a really bad rash, or has been stung by an angry swarm of bees.

I think the same company produced an equally-dazzling  Superman kit, but I've yet to see one. Hopefully, before I die...

Tork Thursday!

I sent a CD of my Monkees re-mixes to former Monkee Peter Tork last month. Mr. Tork was kind enough to send back a nice autographed postcard in return!

Check out Peter's website at!  

Monday, September 15, 2008

Beaded Batman!

Here is a piece of Batman merchandise you don't see very often. A 1975 Bake-A-Craft Batman "stained glass" beads kit! You added colored beads to the wire frame, bake the whole thing into a gooey paste, then put it in your window as a sorta "sunbeam catcher."

This kit is from 1975 (the year I recall buying one, and rushing home to have my Mom carefully assemble and cook the thing). Pictured here is my original finished Batman from then. Not much on detail, but an oddball item from the day!

Go to any craft store today, and you'll see that they still make these kinds of items. Mostly rainbows and horses for the gals, but they're still there.

I also have the Robin, from a recent eBay purchase. Let me know if you just can't live without seeing it, and I'll post it soon.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Great Gaspar!

I'll let others sing the major praises of comic book letterer Mr. Gaspar Saladino today (please click the "Dial B For Blog" link to the right for the full story), but, let me tell you what a thrill it was to have one of my own projects lettered by this amazing talent.

Gaspar plied his skills to this early 90s book and tape adaptation of the "Almost Got 'Im" episode of BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES. I penciled the book, with Mike DeCarlo inking.
Some say all comic book lettering looks alike. Not so. Gaspar is one of those letterers whose work brings a certain "snap" with it. It's crisp. Tight. Simply well-done and darned attractive. So many classic comics would not be the same lettered by somebody else.

Seriously, I was overjoyed to see such fine lettering by a master applied to my work. It meant a lot to me.

So, yes, go read more abut Gaspar Saladino and realize why hand-lettering is truly an art unto itself.