Saturday, January 15, 2022

Megaton Man's Don Simpson Draws Jack Kirby's Kamandi


I've enjoyed the artwork of Don Simpson for many decades, dating way back to his Megaton Man days. Up above is my drawing from the 1980's of the gentleman's most famous character. 

Mr. Simpson also did a nice job as one of the rotating artists on DC's Wasteland series in the late 1980's, but I hadn't seen anything from him for a number of years.

So it gave me great pleasure last week when hayfamzonder Joe Lenius shared the below Simpson-drawn Kamandi-with-gorillas drawing. Fun, right?

(I also like how Mr. Simpson borrowed liberally from the title-lettering style of Kirby inker/letterer Mike Royer. Not only is Mr. Royer one of my favorite Jack Kirby inkers, he is also one of my five favorite letterers of all time. I feel Mike Royer is not as appreciated in fandom-at-large as I believe he should be and I'm always pleased for an opportunity to throw some accolades his way!)



Friday, January 07, 2022

Wayne Boring Drew Superman


Yes, Wayne Boring drew Superman.

Many, many, many times.

But this unusual Good and Evil motif drawing?

This one I feel he drew just once.

I like the watercolors!


Sunday, January 02, 2022

Four Stages of Kevin Nowlan's Miracleman


I have been a fan of Miracleman since the character first appeared in Warrior Magazine back in 1982. He was known as Marvelman then but Marvel Comics stepped in and demanded a name change.

So maybe it's a little ironic that Marvel Comics will now be publishing Miracleman.

Kevin Nowlan has drawn a Miracleman cover for Marvel and yesterday on twitter he posted his step-by-step process, from layout to full pencils to inked to fully colored. What a fun process to watch unfold!

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Alex Ross and Brian Hayes Think Alike



Ben Grimm's mad face!  His fist clenched with the rest of his arm cropped out of the drawing! It's a powerful and fun layout, right? That's what I thought also when I drew it back in 1983 for my commentary strip in The Comics Buyer's Guide.

Far more recently, Alex Ross has made good use of this same general layout. I wonder if any other artists through the years have also used this design? Please write in with a comment if know of any other instances, thanks!

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Spider-Woman and Batgirl by George Perez


 This is a really nice commission I came across.

I always like when lettering is incorporated into artwork!


Monday, December 13, 2021

Jack Kirby Artwork Uncovered


I own some Jack Kirby artwork; maybe you do too. Well, a new opportunity has just opened up: the opportunity to own Jack Kirby artwork that has never been in a private collection before!


It's not Captain America or Kamandi artwork; it's The Gargoids and The Future Force.


These are concepts that Mr. Kirby came up with while working for the Ruby-Spears animation company

 I see there are thirteen of these originals up for bid right now with the auctions ending on 12/14/2021. More will be offered soon. 

Friday, December 03, 2021

DC's Talking Gorilla with Eyepatch


No, NOT Monsieur Mallah! Mallah does not wear an eyepatch!

The gorilla being discussed today appears on the cover of Strange Adventures #186. The comic was published by DC in 1966. A minor controversy swirls around the identity of that cover's artist.

The Grand Comics Database entry for the comic specifies that the cover was inked and possibly also pencilled by Murphy Anderson. But that is not correct. Nothing about those inks is Anderson-like and, likewise, the pencils.

The GCD entry indicates that its cover artist credit was previously attributed to Bernard Baily. While true that Mr. Baily drew the "Gorilla Witch" interior story that the issue's cover is representing, the cover art style bears little if any resemblance to the work of Bernard Baily.

So what's the answer? Who really drew that Gorilla Witch cover?

That's a hard one but my best guess is Jack Sparling. Mr. Sparling drew the Strange Adventures covers for issues 185 and 187 and 188 and 189, so why not #186 also? Of course that is hardly ironclad irrefutable evidence, but the 186 cover does look more Sparling-like than Anderson-like or Baily-like. So that's what I'm going with.

Maybe you would like to weigh in with a different opinion! That sounds like a fun horserace! Please feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts!