Thursday, May 23, 2024

1989 San Diego Comic Con Blood Drive Portfolio

Since the 1970s, the San Diego Comic Con has held the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive. In 1989 they gave people who donated a small portfolio of printed plates by different comic book artists as a way of saying thank you. The plates were 5" x 8" and printed on glossy card stock and enclosed in a plain white envelope. Here's the plates from that portfolio. They're tough to find on the second hand market.

Sergio Aragones

Jack Kirby & Michael Thibodeaux

Frank Springer

Alex Toth

Bill Woggon

Bil Keane

Mort Walker


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Scott Hampton Graphic Novel

 Scott Hampton, creator and / or artist on such notable projects as Pigeons From Hell, Silverheels, the Batman Graphic Novel Night Cries, Neil Gaiman's American Gods and a host of other projects has just started a Kickstarter campaign for a 150-page horror graphic novel. The art is completed and the money is being raised to print it.

In Scott's words:

About ten years ago, my graphic novel, The Upturned Stone, was optioned for a movie and I decided to use that windfall to fund a personal project that I’d been dreaming about for quite a while – essentially, a horror movie on paper – called Trespassers.

Trespassers – my take on the cabin in the woods sub-genre – took fifteen months to complete, and while it is also a fully painted work, is a pretty radical departure from The Upturned Stone. At approximately 150 pages it's also considerably longer.

I’ve always been drawn to stories where the protagonists are up against an elusive enemy who's hard to find and even to see. In Trespassers, the other-worldly creatures can only be revealed in flashes of lightning, making their appearance unpredictable and especially frightening. 

Once I finished this graphic novel, I took a two-week nap, then got back to work earning dollars.:) Now, ten years later, I’m working on a BIG project for a book publisher that will take the better part of two years to complete (another long nap is looming), and since I don’t want to be entirely forgotten while I'm toiling away I’m thinking now might be the perfect time to bring this baby out. I hope folks enjoy reading this as much as I did making it. Thanks again for the support. Cheers!


You can participate in the Kickstarter campaign here. Below are images of a couple pages from the book. 

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Lawson Wood Propaganda Calendar Art

Lawson Wood (1878-1947) was a prolific British illustrator. He illustrated childrens' books and magazine covers. He was most well known for his depictions of monkeys in various human-like situations. These illustrations are calendar done for a propaganda calendar published by Brown & Bigelow sometime during World War II. Lot more examples of his art here.


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Sexy Golfer By Frank Frazetta

 A series of prints by Frank Frazetta published in 1987. These were sold in his son's (Frank Jr.) golf shop.



Monday, March 25, 2024

N.C. Wyeth Magazine Ads

Ticonderoga Pencils Ad, 1934.

Jolly Green Giant Corn Ad, 1942.

Steinway Pianos Ad, 1928.

Coca-Cola Ad, circa 1936.

 Jolly Green Giant Corn Ad, 1942.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Frank Frazetta Mars Illustrations

Some illustrations by Frank Frazetta for the Science Fiction Book Club editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books.

"...cleaving his skull as I raced past him!", Swords of Mars, 1970.

"Behind us came the hunting men of U-Gor." Fighting Man of Mars, 1972.

"With wide distended jaws, came the great white lizard." Fighting Man of Mars, 1972.

"Her veiled eyes seemed to read by very soul." Swords of Mars, 1970.


"As Gahan entered his square, Udor leaped toward him with drawn sword." The Chessmen of Mars, 1972.

"To Tara's horror, the headless body moved, took the hideous head in its and set it on its shoulders." The Chessmen of Mars, 1972.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Walt Simonson's Manhunter Poster

Here's a cool combination promotional poster and order form the 1979 collection of Archie Goodwin's and Walt Simonson's award-winning series Manhunter. 10" x 13"