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Here’s one of the pen and ink illustrations I did for Ed Sanders new biography of Sharon Tate. If you are interested in some of the dark roads and back alleys of the sixties, Ed is the man to light the way. Fans of his best sellers The Family and Tales Of Beatnik Glory will know what I mean. Sharon Tate: A Life will be released January 5th with over a dozen new illustrations by me.
I know I promised some history about Teknophage and I hope to have some stuff soon. But wanted to share this cool Bloodsucker action figure created by TMNT fan, vaughmichael13. I came up with the Bloodsucker character back in the original black and white Turtles comics (#24, I think?).
Interestingly one of the writers of Nickelodeon’s TMNT cartoon series, Brandon Auman, commented on the photo, saying they had wanted to use Bloodsucker in one of the shows but had to change it when they realized they didn’t own the rights!
I just received a copy of the collected TEKNOPHAGE from Super Genius. It includes my and Bryan Talbot’s six issue run on the title along with a follow up six by Paul Jenkins and Al Davison. It was great fun to read the thing again after twenty years; especially because it brought up delicious memories of working with a pretty amazing group of creative people. I’m going to try and post some of the behind-the-scenes history of the development and execution of TEKNOPHAGE over the next week, along with a few choice scenes that catch the flavor of a kick-ass take-no-prisoners comic book from the days when such things were possible.
You can probably find a copy of this new edition at your local retailer but if that fails it’s on Amazon.
Long time, no blog! But I had to share this toy ad I drew that appeared in Marvel Comics in late 1977. The first STAR WARS film had come out in May of that year and caused a sensation so naturally people were jumping on the bandwagon. In this case it was Ivan Snyder of HEROES WORLD, who specialized in marketing superhero themed toys and relied on Joe Kubert and we students to illustrate his advertisements and catalogs.
This assignment fell to me, and I did everything, including redrawing the logo by hand (as we had no stats of the official logo) and the coloring (which works pretty darn good if I say so myself). The only thing I didn’t do was the small lettering (which very much looks to me like Joe’s hand).
A pretty cool example of a very rare and early STAR WARS toy tie in published in the comics.
In 1988 I launched King Hell Press out of an old Airstream travel trailer that I’d gutted and retrofitted as an art studio. It was a 1950’s era design and manufacture and the original owner had riveted his nickname, The Flying Dutchman, to it’s prow. It looked like it had circled the country more than a few times. I knocked out a LOT of comics from it’s cramped submarine-like quarters: BRAT PACK, MAXIMORTAL, 1963, a bunch of TURTLES stuff, SWAMP THING and who knows what else?
I did this pen and ink of the Dutchman parked under the maple and ash trees where it overlooked the pond. In the window you can see the small stained glass that hung right in front of my writing desk.
I ended up selling the thing to a guy who fixed up old Airstreams as respite spaces for folks who had allergic reactions the the toxic building materials in their homes.
It’s fun to dig through the flat files looking for something and to stumble on weird stuff stashed away from decades ago. Here’s a pencil rough for a logo originally conceived for a self-publishing freebie titled GASP! Comics. Hard to find if any still exist but had an outrageous Totleben painted cover. Memory is haaaazzzzyyyy but I don’t think this particular idea cut the mustard.
Check it out. They used the Rick Veitch font in Rorschach: Beyond Watchmen. Always cool to see my font in the wild and it looks like a good design choice here.