Archive for December, 2010

1977: Studying Under Dick Giordano

Dick Giordano showed up for class at Kubert School one day with a portfolio bulging with our previous assignments. We’d turned in a fully penciled a page of comics the week earlier, and he’d somehow found time to ink parts of them on vellum overlays. He’d done this for everyone in the class! What an amazing commitment from a teacher!

And what an great way to help us “see” our own stuff as interpreted by the hand and eye of a master. He went over each page with each student personally, explaining what he liked, what he changed on the fly and where he got lost completely; all with characteristic good humor. Here Dick’s inked the first two panels of my page and (as to further the assignment) had me ink the last two.

Primitive Airbrush

Found a treasure trove of early work in a box labeled “BULLSHIT SCRAPS!” this weekend. Here’s one of my very first attempts at color airbrush while still at Kubert School. I think this is the one I figured out that I could make a tonal version of the “Kirby Krackle”. I was putting in the stars last and as I did, I remember how the space gas suddenly became much more tangible to the eye. It was a color technique that became a mainstay of my Epic-era stuff.

The Gelatinous Cube

A concept design for a Dungeons and Dragons toy line done in the early 1980’s.


I always dug this panel from The Maximortal.

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