Archive for August, 2009
This page of original art is from SWAMP THING #62, which was the first issue I both wrote and drew. It features SWAMP THING, who with the aid of a Mother Box has formed himself into an organic version of METRON’s Mobius Chair. Together they are attempting to pierce the final barrier into the SOURCE. Inks by Alfredo Alcala and lettering, on the board, by John Costanza.
This piece is on the oversized 13.5″ x 20″ boards that DC used briefly in the 80’s. It’s in perfect condition. I’d like to get $200 for it. If interested, give me a shout.
And check out my on-line gallery. There are covers, complete stories and nice pages of art to look at; some sold, some still available.
UPDATE: We have a buyer.
Here’s a page from WHAT IF: DAREDEVIL #1 written by me and brought to life by Tommy Lee Edwards. It was part of a crossover event featuring Marvel heroes from alternate universes. In this one, titled “The Devil Who Dares”, the classic Daredevil set up is retooled for a feudal Japan setting. Tommy penciled, inked and colored the story. Lettering by John Workman. Editor: Mark Paniccia. ©Marvel Comics
The fine folks at Flesk Publications sent me a copy of an astounding book today. The title is AL WILLIAMSON’S FLASH GORDON; A LIFELONG VISION OF THE HEROIC and I’m here to tell every collector and fan of Al’s art you are going to want this on your bookshelf. Mark Schulz has edited the definitive and complete collection of Al’s FLASH GORDON work. Kudos, Mark!
What’s especially amazing about this book is that many of the stories are scanned from the original art, which Al had kept since he began work on the character in the sixties. Actually he’d been obsessively drawing FLASH since he was a little kid in Bogata and there are generous samples from that early period too.
It was especially cool for me to see the reproductions of original art from Al’s adaption of the FLASH GORDON movie. I was acting as an on-again off-again assistant to Al while he was working on that project and being able to peruse them again brought back warm and wonderful memories. Above is one of the pages I penciled parts of. Al did the layout and figures, but I worked out the speedster and the exploding city. Al’s pen-work, of course, is what makes it sing. He is a modern master and the true heir to Alex Raymond.
Here’s page 16 from ARMY@LOVE: ART OF WAR #6. Haven’t heard if Vertigo has put the third trade on the schedule yet. But if you want to pick up the first two A@L collections you can’t do better than over at Paneltopanel.net. In fact owner John Rovnak just told me he’s having a big 15% off sale on all his exclusive signed bookplate editions, including King Hell titles. Good people, good service, good prices.