Saturday, December 31, 2011

Party Time!

January Calendar Illustration by Bill Randall, no date.

Toasting the New Year by August Bleser, Jr., no date.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pirate's Ghost!

I really love this one by Howard Pyle, I should probably save it for Halloween, but this is a good time of year for ghosts too...

"There Cap'n Goldsack goes, creeping, creeping, creeping, Looking for his treasure down below!" Illustration by Howard Pyle for William Sharp's "Cap'n Goldsack," Harper's Magazine, July 1902.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Maritime Paintings by Anton Otto Fischer

Anton Otto Fischer, famous for his paintings of the sea and ships, studied under Howard Pyle in Wilmington, Delaware. He was also an artist for the U.S. Coast during World War II. Previous post on Fischer with his illustrations for Moby Dick.

Submarine Emerging from the Deep, 1941.

Ships Passing in the Night, n.d.

War Ships, n.d.

Life Boat at Sea, 1941.

Coming Ashore, 1929.

Shark Hunting, 1939.

See Fischer's illustrations for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea here at Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

See some more of his work is here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Frazetta Forever!

By Bernie Wrightson, circa 1968.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Greetings from Casey Ruggles and artist extraordinaire Warren Tufts.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Superhero Christmas!

Action Comics #93, February 1946.

#27, February 1945. Cover art by Jack Burnley.

Batman #33, February 1946. Cover art by Dick Sprang.

Christmas With the Super-Heroes (Limited Collectors' Edition #34), February 1975. Cover art by Nick Cardy.

Superman's Christmas Adventure, 1944.

Superman's Christmas Adventure, 1944.

Friday, December 23, 2011

More Christmas Pinups!

Christmas Elf
by Forest H. Clough, n.d.

Christmas Ornaments by Jim Schaeffing, circa 1950.

Pin-Up in Front of Fireplace
by Gil Elvgren, n.d.

A Christmas Eve (Waiting for Santa) by Gil Elvgren, 1954.

Christmas Pin-Up by Earl Moran, n.d.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sundblom's Naughty Santa

Haddon Sundblom was most famous for his Coca-Cola ads featuring Santa Claus. Here's a painting by him that was used for the December 1972 issue of Playboy.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Carl Barks Christmas

Four Color #203, December 1948. Cover by Carl Barks.

Four Color #367, January 1952. Cover by Carl Barks.

Uncle Scrooge #16, December 1956. Cover by Carl Barks.

A Christmas Trimming, 1999. Painting by Carl Barks.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Glenn Barr: Dave's Comics Ads

Forget about the Christmas posts for a day and feast your eyes on some ads by Glenn Barr for Dave's Comics of Royal Oak, Michigan. Unfortunately, Dave not in business anymore. These ads are from the pages of and Film Threat and Pure Images.

Pure Images #2, 1988

Film Threat
#11, 1987.

Film Threat #12, 1987.

Film Threat #14, 1988.

Film Threat #15, 1988.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Comic Book Christmas

Archie's Christmas Stocking
#3, December 1956.

Walt Scott's Christmas Stories, Four Color #1062, December 1959.

Walt Disney's Christmas Parade, Dell Giant #26
, December 1959.

Black Cat Comics #27, February 1951. Cover art by Lee Elias.

Bugs Bunny's Merry Christmas, Four Color #1064
, December 1959.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas 1776

"Christmas, 1776" by Mead Schaeffer. Illustration for The American Magazine, January 1940.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Pinups

A couple of Christmas pinups by Bill Randall to get you through the weekend...

Christmas Scene by Bill Randall, n.d.

Jingles, Joy, and Merry. December 1954 calendar illustration by Bill Randall.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Littlest Snowman Rescues Christmas

This is just bizarre and a little creepy. Four Color Comics #864, December 1957.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Joe Simon: 1913-2011

Joe Simon, who along with Jack Kirby created Captain America, died today at the age of 98.

A recent interview.

Wikipedia page.

Hot Rods!

Hot Rod Race
, nd, unknown artist.

Hot Rod King #1, Fall 1952. Cover by Norman Saunders.

Hot Rod Comics #1, November 1951.

Hot Rod Fury paperback book cover, circa 1950. Art by Harry Barton.

Swamp Rat, by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, 1964.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Comics Journal

Here's some Comics Journal covers by a few of my favorite artists.

The Comics Journal #81, May 1983. Cover by Bill Stout.

The Comics Journal #90, May 1984. Cover by Al Williamson.

The Comics Journal #117, September 1987. Cover art by Dave Stevens.

The Comics Journal #150, May 1992. Cover art by Mark Schultz.