Archive for June, 2009

Secret Origin Of The Sentry Part 1

While organizing my studio recently I stumbled on a folder full of concept art for a project I worked up with Paul Jenkins called THE SENTRY. This week I’ll be running that art and telling about my (up to now unknown) role in creating the character.

Paul and I were old buds, having met while he was at Mirage Studios. We worked closely together on BRAT PACK and THE MAXIMORTAL at Tundra. Paul was focused mostly on production and editing back in those days but clearly had potential as a writer. He and I had often discussed a story he wanted to develop concerning an over-the-hill guy, struggling with addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog. Paul was trying to come up with a way to show the character’s addiction problem as a manifestation of the unconscious. At one point, if I remember correctly, Paul pitched a horror version of this plot to Steve Bissette for TABOO, although nothing came of it.

It was in the late 1990′s that Paul and I came together to try and develop it into a superhero pitch for Marvel. More tomorrow.

Above: Concept art for ROBERT REYNOLDS (secret identity of THE SENTRY) and his dog by Rick Veitch.

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The Doodle Stares Back

A lot of times you’ll pick up a pen and, with nothing in your head, start drawing an eye and work out from there. Pretty soon a character appears, gazing back at you from the unconscious, usually with some sort of attitude. Ballpoint pen in sketchbook, 1978.

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Dreams In The Darkened Movie Theater

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Howdy!

Cerebus tormented by the ultimate nightmare in #204. Figure by Dave Sim, backgrounds by Gerhard and letters by me.

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No Escapism Here, Friend

The splash page to an unpublished (I think) story written by Steve Perry for Marvel’s BIZARRE ADVENTURES sometime during the late ’80′s. If I remember correctly the theme of the issue Steve was writing for was “real life”. Since we somehow hornswoggled Marvel into letting is keep the copyright on a previous tale, it is quite possible this is ¬©Stephen Perry and Rick Veitch.

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Highball

From that all-important first sample portfolio; when I’d just graduated from art school and was trying to land work in Manhattan. Ink, airbrush and pencil, 1979.

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Rick Does Rick

One of my early drafts for an ABRAXAS AND THE EARTHMAN logo, obviously inspired by the sixties stylizations of the great Rick Griffin. I ended up using the linework from the top “Abraxas” as the basis for a stroked and beveled Photoshop job I was real happy with.

What’s that? You’ve never read ABRAXAS AND THE EARTHMAN? Easily remedied by ordering a signed copy from my store.

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Own The JAIL BAIT Splash Page!

You can be the proud owner of this “Bad Girl” original art from GREYSHIRT: INDIGO SUNSET #2. Story and art by me with lettering, on the board, by Todd Klein. It’s in perfect condition and I’d like to get $300 for it. If you are interested just jerk my chain.

Other pieces I’ve put up for sale, many sold but some still available, can be viewed in the gallery.

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The Dreaded Underworld

My sixteen year old self trying to write in Stan Lee mode. From HERO Comics #20, 1968.

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High Mileage

This has got to be one of my most reprinted stories. Written by Alan Moore, penciled by me, inked by Al Williamson, lettered by John Costanza and colored by Tatjana Wood, THE JUNGLE LINE first appeared in DC Comics Presents #85 and has been included in many DC collections and foreign editions over the last twenty-five years. It featured a team up with SUPERMAN and SWAMP THING and a fully painted cover by me. DC has just reprinted it again in a lovely oversized collection of Alan’s SUPERMAN stories.

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