Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Late Night Tuesday Odds and Ends

Romance illustration, attributed to Al Anderson.

A cool blog about collecting Star Wars toys, 1977-1980:

Star Wars '77 - '80 Collector's Blog

And, a video of the Three Stooges Breakdancing:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Funny Looking Dinosaurs

Unknown Worlds #9, August 1961. Cover art by Ogden Whitney.

Original art for Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #71, 1961.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Two From Sarnoff

Today is Tuesday, and that is as good an excuse as any to post a couple beauties by Arthur Sarnoff.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Schomburg Price Guide Covers

Here's a couple of covers by Alex Schomburg for the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide:

Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #10, 1980.

Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #21, 1991.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our Army at War

Here's some pre-Sgt. Rock issues of Our Army at War.

Our Army at War #4

Our Army at War #4, November 1952. Cover art by Irv Novick.

Our Army at War #14

Our Army at War #14, September 1953. Cover art by Jerry Grandenetti.

Our Army at War #15

Our Army at War #15, October 1953. Cover art by Irv Novick.

Our Army at War #28

Our Army at War #28, November 1954. Cover art by Jerry Grandenetti.

Our Army at War #29

Our Army at War #29, December 1954. Cover art by Irv Novick.

Our Army at War #30

Our Army at War #30, January 1955. Cover art by Jerry Grandenetti.

Friday, September 10, 2010

All in the Family...Wrightson Style

"All in the Family...," with plot and art by Bernie Wrightson and scripted by Virgil North, appeared in the DC comic House of Mystery #204, cover dated July 1972. The story is significant for a few reasons. With the exception of "He Who Laughs Last" (a collaboration with Mike Kaluta, House of Mystery #221, Jan. 1974), this is Wrightson's last full length story published for the DC "House" titles.

Based on the art style, this story was done sometime in 1971 or 1972. The signature on the cover is dated 1972, but that could have been done later than the story. Bernie's earlier efforts for the DC titles were done in his earlier Graham Ingels and Frazetta influenced style. While the artist's work contains elements of those masters up through the present day, in this story I see more of the influence of Jack Davis, particularly in the rendering of the creeps at the bottom of page three. Wrightson's work almost always has a strong element of humor and the exaggerated jawlines of knobby noses of Davis' have a lot to do with that. "All in the Family..." features a smoother and more confident line than his earlier DC stories.

Of course, lots of hanging spit between the lips (page seven for example). On this read-through of the story, I also noticed two pages (four and six) where Bernie the page is a full page splash, anchored at the bottom, with the upper parts of splash covered by smaller panels. I'll have to look for that elsewhere in his art. It offers some effective variation in the layout, and it might be a bit of a compositional shortcut too.

This story was published a few months before the publication of the first issue of Swamp Thing, and was likely the last full-length story Wrightson did for DC before devoting most of his time to that bi-monthly comic. At nine pages, this one clocks in as one of the longer Wrightson non-Swamp Thing stories for DC. This story serves as a nice example of the transition between the artist's earliest efforts for DC and his more confident and polished work on Swamp Thing. He also did a couple full-length humor/horror stories for the DC title Plop! toward the end of his Swamp Thing run, these stories show the artist approaching the excellence that would show when he began his run of work of Jim Warren's line of horror magazines.

Below is the cover for House of Mystery #204, the nine page story "All in the Family...," and scans of the original art for the cover and a few of the interior pages. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Original Charlie's Angels

I'm trying to prepare a longer post for tomorrow or Friday, so until then, here's some pictures of the original Charlie's Angels to keep you entertained. I was around 12 or 13 when the television show debuted, just the right age to enjoy it. I know later on Cheryl Ladd and some other ladies were on the show, but these three ladies are Charlie's Angels as far as I'm concerned.

Since this blog is supposed to be related to art in some way, there's also a cover of the issue of Mad magazine parodying the show.

Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith.

Farrah Fawcett

Kate Jackson

#193, September 1977. Cover art by Jack Rickard.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Goodbye Summer

Since Labor Day is the traditional end of summer in the U.S., that's as good an excuse as any to post some pictures of girls in bathing suits. Starting with a couple shots of Bettie Page:

Thrilling Comics #61, August 1947. Cover art by Alex Schomburg.

Airbrushed pinup photo, no date.

Original art for Archie Annual Digest #63, 1993. Art by Stan Goldberg and Mike Esposito.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Classic Chicago Tribune Cartoonists

An excerpt from a silent 1931 promotional documentary, "From Trees to Tribunes," featuring the Tribune's stable of cartoonists: John T. McCutcheon, Gaar Williams, Carey Orr, Sidney Smith of "The Gumps," Frank King of "Gasoline Alley," Frank Willard of "Moon Mullins, Carl Ed of "Harold Teen," Martin Branner of "Winnie Winkle," Walter Berndt of "Smitty" and Harold Gray of "Little Orphan Annie."

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fantastic Fantasy

The Sowers of Thunder, by Roy Krenkel.

John Carter and the Apes of Mars by Frank Frazetta.

The Battle for Minas Tirith by Stephen Hickman.