Friday, August 11, 2017

Robert E. Howard Illustrations by Gary Gianni

Bran Mak Morn the Last King. Print, 2000.

Conan illustration, 2002.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reed Crandall Treasure Chest Covers

Treasure Chest was a Catholic comic book produced from 1946 to 1972. Some top comic artists worked drew for the comic, including Graham Ingels, Murphy Anderson, Joe Sinnott and Reed Crandall. Here are three covers by Reed Crandall.

Treasure Chest Vol. 18, No. 7. December 6, 1962.

Treasure Chest Vol. 19, No. 4. October 24, 1963.

Treasure Chest Vol. 19, No. 19. May 21, 1964.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Art of Joe Jusko

Weighing in at four pounds and 328 pages, The Art of Joe Jusko is a tribute to a wonderful artist and a template on how to do an "art of" book.

Jusko began his career in the late 1970's doing covers for Heavy Metal magazine and Marvel's black and white magazines. He has gone on to produce scores of magazine covers, comic book covers, trading cards and commercial art. Jusko produced what many consider iconic versions of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Vampirella and many other fictional characters.

The book begins with a biographical essay by the artist. Then each chapter is divided up by subject matter. Chapters include: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Horror, and Trading Cards just to name a few. Dozens of his covers are reproduced full page without the trade dress and logos. Also included are some preliminary drawings and a healthy helping of unseen private commissions. What really makes this book, aside from the beautiful artwork, is the artist's running commentary on almost every piece. Jusko points what he believes works well in the paintings and sometimes things where he now feels he could of done better. He also provides technical details about his technique and tools he uses to achieve some of the effects in his paintings. The Art of Joe Jusko offers a fantastic treat for the eyes and great insight into his process and approach to art. He comes across as an artist who holds himself to very high standards and is constantly trying to learn and challenge himself. The only complaint about this book is the binding does not seem to be very solid and it requires careful handling.

I was fortunate to buy a signed and numbered copy (pictured above) of this from the artist at his appearance at the Heroes Aren't Hard to Find convention in Charlotte, NC in June 2017. It looks like it is sold out from the publisher, but there are some copies of the regular hardcover available on Amazon.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Bernie Wrightson Tribute panel at the Heroes Aren't Hard to Find Convention in Charlotte NC, June 2017. Participants are John Totleben, Jason Moore, Tom Yeates, Scott Hampton and Joe Jusko.

Richard Corben Warren Magazine Covers

Creepy #146, Summer 1985.

Eerie #77, Sept. 1976.

Eerie #86, Sept. 1977.

Eerie #90, Feb. 1978.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Kamen Bondage Covers

Comic book artist Jack Kamen (1920-2008) us most famous for his stories for E.C.'s line of horror comics. Kamen's stories often featured sleek, ice-cold women plotting to murder their husbands or the object of murder themselves. Kamen's squeaky clean style radiated 1950's era wholesomeness while telling unsettling stories of infidelity, murder and revenge. Before working for E.C., he did artwork for a variety of publishers who took advantage of his skills at drawing women.

Claire Voyant #4, 1947.

Jo-Jo Comics #16, June 1948.

The Saint #1, August 1947.

Zoot Comics #11, December 1947.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bernie Wrightson

Husband, father and comic book artist Bernie died yesterday, March 18, 2017. Anyone who had visited this blog more than once probably knows my affection for him and his work. Almost everything you have seen posted on this blog grew out of my fascination with Wrightson and his work. He opened me up to a whole world of art, from his contemporaries and The Studio gang, to the EC artists, Roy Krenkel and earlier masters like Alex Raymond, J.C. Coll and N.C. Wyeth. Thank you Bernie, for all the wonderful art you've given us over the years.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Science-Fiction Plus

Science Fiction Plus was a large format science fiction and fact magazine first published by Hugo Gernsback in March 1953. The magazine featured top writers like Clifford Simak, Frank Belknap Long, Robert Bloch and Philip Jose Farmer. It also had covers and illustrations by legendary science-fiction artists Alex Schomburg, Frank R. Paul, Virgil Finlay and Lawrence Sterne Stevens. Sadly, the magazine only published seven issues.

Science-Fiction Plus, March 1953. Cover art by Alex Schomburg.

Science-Fiction Plus, April 1953. Cover art by Alex Schomburg.

Science-Fiction Plus, June 1953. Cover art by Alex Schomburg.

Science-Fiction Plus, August 1953. Cover art by Frank R. Paul.

Science-Fiction Plus, October 1953. Cover art by Frank R. Paul.

Science-Fiction Plus, October 1953. Back cover art by Frank R. Paul.

Science-Fiction Plus, December 1953. Cover art by Frank R. Paul.

All these magazines are for sale at my eBay store.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Larry Ivie Tribute by Sandy Plunkett

Artist Sandy Plunkett has started a blog paying tribute to the late Larry Ivie and his collection of comic book art. The Larry Ivie Tribute blog is here.

Something about the project copied from the blog: "In his lifetime, artist / writer / historian Larry Ivie amassed a wide-ranging collection of of original comic art. Some of this material has never been published and a good deal more had never received adequate reproduction. The intent of this blog is to share the collection with fellow enthusiasts and to generate discussions about comic art and the artistic process."

The blog is full of wonderful published and unpublished art by the likes of Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel and lots of other named and unnamed comic artists of the golden age. Check out a couple samples below, and be sure to visit Sandy's sites for lots of new treats.

Layout for a Fiction House cover, unknown artist.

Tarzan by Roy Krenkel.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

EC's Saddle Romances

Saddle Romances was a short-lived EC Pre-Trend title. It ran for three issues from 1949 - 1950. It featured the art of later renowned EC stalwarts such as Al Feldstein, Graham Ingels and Wally Wood (in collaboration with Harry Harrison). The title's numbering was continued from Saddle Justice. After only three issues, EC's acclaimed science fiction title Weird Science picked up with #12.

Saddle Romances #9, Nov-Dec 1949. Cover art by Graham Ingels.

Saddle Romances #10, Jan-Feb 1950. Cover art by Al Feldstein.

Saddle Romances #11, Mar-Apr 1950. Cover art by Al Feldstein.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mechanix Illustrated, 1940's and 1950's

November 1949.

January 1956.

March 1956.

July 1956.

All for sale here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bernie Wrighson Frankenstein Portfolio

The first of Bernie Wrightson's three Frankenstein portfolios. This was released by Tyrannosaurus Press in 1977 in a signed and numbered limited edition of 1000.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Book on Reed Crandall

A new book on Reed Crandall has been announced from TwoMorrows Publishing. The author is an expert on Crandall and has been working on it for a long time. I'm sure it will be an excellent resource on an artist too often overlooked by today's fans.

From the publisher's website: "From the 1940s to the ’70s, Reed Crandall brought a unique and masterful style to American comic art. Using an illustrator's approach on everything he touched, Crandall gained a reputation as the “artist’s artist” through his skillful interpretations of Golden Age super-heroes Doll Man, The Ray, and Blackhawk (his signature character); horror and sci-fi for the legendary EC Comics line; Warren Publishing’s Creepy, Eerie, and Blazing Combat; the THUNDER Agents and Edgar Rice Burroughs characters; and even Flash Gordon for King Features. Comic art historian Roger Hill has compiled a complete and extensive history of Crandall’s life and career, from his early years and major successes, through his tragic decline and passing in 1982. This full-color hardcover includes never-before-seen photos, a wealth of rare and unpublished artwork, and over eighty thousand words of insight into one of the true illustrators of the comics."

It is scheduled in July, order a copy through your local comic store or pre-order direct from the publisher.

In the meantime, below are some scans for Reed Crandall's art on some covers of Modern Comics.

Modern Comics #77, September 1948.

Modern Comics #78, October 1948.

Modern Comics #79, November 1948.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Al Feldstein Science Fiction Paintings

First Landing, circa 1992

Cover for Squa Tront #3, 1969. This painting hung in EC publisher Bill Gaines' office.

Weird Fantasy #11 recreation.