Sunday, September 6, 2020

Swamp Thing Covers by Bernie Wrightson




House of Secrets #92, July 1971.


Swamp Thing #1, November 1972.


Swamp Thing #2, January 1973.


Swamp Thing #3, March 1973.


Swamp Thing #4, May 1973.


Swamp Thing #5, August 1973.


Swamp Thing #6, October 1973.


Swamp Thing #7, December 1973.


Swamp Thing #8, February 1974.


Swamp Thing #9, April 1974.


Swamp Thing #10, June 1974.


DC Special Series Vol. 1, #2., September 1977.


DC Special Series Vol. 2, #14. Summer 1978.


Roots of the the Swamp Thing #1, July 1986.

 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Bob Wiacek Fundraiser

Bob Wiacek, a comic book inker who was very active in the 1980's, is suffering from glaucoma. If anyone knows anything about the comic book industry, there's no such thing as pensions or health insurance for freelancers no matter what your contribution to the company's bottom line.

Wiacek, who was born in 1953, provided inks for DC and any Marvel title of note during the 1980's. His credits include inking Dave Cockrum on his classic run of X-Men, Carmine Infantino on the Star Wars comic book, and he inked some of Paul Smith's work on X-Men.

He has started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for his medical treatment and taxes that are due. Not to mention his loss if income due to the glaucoma. I got so much enjoyment from his work in the early days of my serious comic book collecting, I was happy to contribute a little something.

Here's a link to the fundraiser page. 

Below is a scan of his inks over Frank Miller on the cover for The Spectacular Spider-Man #56, July 1981.




Thursday, September 3, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Four Dead in Ohio

 John Derf Backderf, the award winning author and artist of Trashed and My Friend Dahmer has a new graphic novel coming out September 4. It's called Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio and will be available in all the usual places. Signed copies are available (as of this writing) for cover price from the independent bookstore Mac's Backs.

The 280 page graphic novel has been in the works for four years. It tells the story of that fateful May 4th in Ohio, but puts in the events in context with what was happening locally and nationally at the time. It also largely tells the story through the point of view of the four students killed that day. Backderf did extensive research for this in primary sources and also interviewed participants and survivors. I've been knocked out by the depth, weight, and artistry of his previous graphic novels and I am really looking foward to this one.

Here's an interview with Backderf published by The Comics Journal. He talks about Kent State a lot, but it also covers his whole career up to this point.






Thursday, August 27, 2020

Petty Girls!

George Petty (1894 - 1975) was a popular pinup artist from the 1930's through the 1950's. His "Patty Girl" centerfolds graced the pages of Esquire magazine. They also appeared on calendars from Esquire and the Rigid Tool Company. Here's a selection of Petty Girls from 1939 to 1956.









 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Reed Crandall ERB Illustrations


Gods of Mars, 1964.


Dejah Thoris, 1964


Tarzan and the Madmen, 1964.


A Fighting Man of Mars, 1967


John Carter of Mars, 1968


A Fighting Man of Mars, 1967
 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Michael Kaluta Covers

Original art for an unused Shadow cover and a couple of Doorway to Nightmare covers. All by Michael W. Kaluta.



Unused Shadow cover.



Doorway to Nightmare #1, Jan - Feb 1978.



Doorway to Nightmare #4, Jul - Aug 1978