Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Michael Kaluta

Here's some stuff by Michael Kaluta. These were published as posters and/or prints in the 1970's. My favorite is Behind Neptune's Throne.

Behind Neptune's Throne

The Sentry


Icarus Had a Sister

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tiny Maurice

A Christmas card from B.K. Taylor, 1983.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Conan Saga

Here's some nice drawings of Conan by Barry Windsor-Smith. They were done for covers of the reprint series The Conan Saga, published in 1987-1988.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bernie Wrightson & the Conqueror Worm

Here is a scan of Bernie Wrightson's piece "The Conqueror Worm." This drawing always kind of creeped me out. I guess it's a combination of the white eyes and the slug-like tail. It was used as the back cover of the Berni Wrightson Treasury (1975)and was the front cover of a Wrightson checklist published right around the same time. More below...

Below I've posted the last panel of the last issue of Swamp Thing Bernie drew, (#10, June 1974). Apparently, Swamp Thing's next foe was going to be "The Conqueror Worms." Since the drawing here was done around the same time, I always wondered if it was something left over from the run-up to Swamp Thing #11, which of course Wrightson never drew. I don't know if a character like this big worm guy shows up in #11, I've never read it.

The phrase "The Conqueror Worm" is from a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem appears to be about the inevitability and finality of death.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Axis of Evil

Two adventure mag illustrations by Victor Prezio:

, November 1959.

Men's Adventure, January 1965.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bernie Wrighston: Monster Times

Monster Times was a newsprint magazine published from 1972 to 1976. It focused on monster movies, but also covered comic books and things like Star Trek. Issue #1, dated January 26, 1972 had King Kong on the cover and some nice Wrightson work on the inside. Below are Bernie's contributions to that issue: a Frankenstein centerfold and a nice atmospheric two page Nosferatu strip. The Nosferatu strip was reprinted in both The Mutants and The Reaper of Love. The Frankenstein illustration was also reprinted in The Mutants.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Coming Out Party

Bernie Wrightson's cover art for the catalog for NY Comic Art Gallery Show, Oct. 1977.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Godzilla: King of the Monsters!

Some lobby cards from the 1956 American release:









Monday, December 7, 2009

Arthur Sarnoff

Arthur Sarnoff (1912-2000) did a ton of illustrations and advertisements. He seems to have been most prolific in the 1950's. More art by Sarnoff here and here. I've really been enjoying this slick 1950's and 1960's commercial art lately. Sarnoff also did an album cover for the Butthole Surfers.

Below are a couple of Sarnoff pieces that I really like.

Portrait in Green, n.d.

, n.d.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday Odds & Ends

Cartoon by Frank Antonchich, 1940's.

Flash Gordon illustration by Gray Morrow, n.d.

Gothic romance cover.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Why are there zombies on this comic cover? And why is that unusual?

Find out in this interesting post on the blog Heart in a Jar. [via]

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Batman! by Bernie Wrightson

A couple of Batman covers by Bernie Wrightson.

Detective Comics #425.

Detective Comics
#425, July 1972. I always really liked this one.

Batman #320

Batman #320, February 1980.

More Wrightson Batman fun posted previously.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Batman! by Michael Kaluta

Some Batman and Detective Comic covers by Michael Kaluta:

Batman #242

Batman #242, June 1972.

Batman #248

Batman #248, April 1973.

Batman #253

Batman #253, November 1973.
(with the Shadow!)

Batman Annual #12

Batman Annual
#12, 1988.

Detective Comics #423

Detective Comics #423, May 1972.
(Batman with a gun!)

Detective Comics #427

Detective Comics #427, September 1972.

Detective Comics #431

Detective Comics #431, January 1973.