Monday, May 28, 2012

The Monkees and MIKEY Dolenz?! 1977 Albert Bigley Original Art!

Ouch! Here is my own lovingly-rendered 1977 portrait of the Monkees' own dynamic drummer, Micky Dolenz! Of course, I somehow re-named him "Mikey" Dolenz, but I was 12, and my spelling skills weren't quite up to snuff, so cut me some slack! Taken from the cover of the RCA "Laurie House" Monkees 2-LP set that was offered the previous year (great set, but a dreadful and cheap cover), I managed to make Micky look like a distorted version of Chuck Woolery! Click here to see some of his bandmates from the same frenzied drawing session! Click image below to enlarge!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

1973 Albert Bigley BATMAN Original Comic Art! "I've Found The Uderworld!" DC Comics?!

Hoo boy. Another attempt by young me, age 8, to create my own huge (over 11 by 17) custom 1973 BATMAN cover! Complete with text, price, and word balloons, here is the Caped Crusader about to enter blindly into yet another deadly trap set by the unctuous underworld! You could tell I had a certain composition in mind (obviously based on the "real" BATMAN #249, and Dick Giordano's amazing art), but then things start to rapidly fall apart! At least I added that swell bear trap, tho! Those "uderworld" types are dangerous! Click to enlarge!

Why my old address scribbled on this masterwork? Your guess is as good as mine! I think I may have wanted to send this to DC Comics for some reason, but, as they had no such fan art contests then...

BONUS: Peek below to peer at the inspiration for my awesome artistic endeavor! BATMAN # 249!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

SPIDEY SUPER STORIES?! 1974 Albert Bigley Art! Marvel Comics?!

Another vintage attempt to create my own SPIDEY SUPER STORIES cover! This time it's 1974 (I was 9), and after viewing that day's live-action (and educational) Spidey adventure on the ELECTRIC COMPANY broadcast, I went right to work trying to whomp up a cover scene that duplicated that very video adventure! The result? Spidey vs the "fearsum" Fly! As usual, I had to capture the look of a real comic cover, including all logos, text, and blurbs! See another attempt at youthful artistic wonderment here! Click to enlarge.

Try as I might, I can not find any visual images from this sensational '74 SSS episode! So, just to prove I didn't imagine it, here is the story description from Wikipedia: 
Dr. Fly (Luis Avalos), a mutated half-fly, half-human plans to turn the world's inhabitants into the same type of mutant. He disguises himself as a vendor to distribute hot dogs laced with a formula of fleas and flies. Spidey saves a customer (Jim Boyd) from eating a tainted hot dog and traps Dr. Fly in his web, but gets a ticket from a police officer (Morgan Freeman) for operating (Dr. Fly's) pushcart without a license.