Friday, November 24, 2017

Howard Chaykin - Blackhawk

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Howard Chaykin, started his career as an assistant to Gil Kane. By 1970 he began publishing his own art under the pseudonym Eric Pave. He would move on to working with Wally Wood and Neal Adams. It was Adams who introduced Chaykin to the editors at DC Comics, who gave him single page fillers.

Chaykin's first major work for Dc was a 23-page story in Sword and Sorcery #1 with writer Denny O'Neil. After working on several titles, He would pencil stories for Marvel featuring his own creation Dominic fortune, as well as Cody Starbuck for the independent Star Reach comic anthology comic.

1976 Chaykin landed the job of penciling Roy Thomas' adaptation of Marvel Comics Star Wars. He would also pencil and/or write stories for Micronauts, American Flagg, The Shadow, Black Kiss, Twilight (with artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez), Cyberella, American Century, Blackhawk, Challengers of the Unknown, Phantom Eagle and many other titles...

Chaykin was one of the writers for the 1990 television series The Flash, and the 2001 first season of Mutant X

Inkpot Award 1977

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joesph Inga - Liberty Belle

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Joe Inga is a fireman from New York, who loves to paint and draw with a focus on fan art and items from the 80s and 90s...

I was looking for an artist to draw the 1940s character Liberty Belle, for a Liberty Bell first day cover. When I passed Joe's table at TerrifiCon, I was impressed with his cartoon style. As a fan of the older style drawings techniques, the clean line and sometimes exaggerated features, I knew Joe could provide the sketch...

Liberty Belle was Libby Lawrence, whose powers of speed, strength and stamina were associated with the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Created by Don Cameron and Chuck Winter, Liberty Belle's exploits took place during World War II, appearing in Boy Commandos and Star Spangled Comics.

Liberty Belle would become a founding member of the All-Star Squadron, in 1981, written by Roy Thomas

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tom Lyle - Airboy

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Tom Lyle became a fan favorite working on Starman for DC Comics and the first Robin limited series, with Chuck Dixon.  Lyle is credited with co-creating the third Electrocutioner, with Dixon for Detective Comics in 1992. Other titles for DC include Green Lantern, Batman, Teen Titans

Lyle has also penciled issues for The Comet for Impact Comics; Blood of Dracula for Apple Comics

For Marvel he created the character Annex, for The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27, with Jack C Harris. Lyle also created the original blue hoodie and red spandex costume worn by the Scarlet Spider. Other titles for Marvel include Punisher, Daredevil, X-Men, Iron man and Warlock

My goal in meeting Lyle was to obtain an Airboy sketch on a Snoopy first day cover. Of course Snoopy is featured in his World War I pilot guise getting ready to fight the Red Baron. Lyle provided pencils for The Air Fighters Meet Sgt. Strike Special (1988), Airboy (1986) Airboy Archive (2014) 

Airboy is an aviator hero, originally published by Hillman Periodicals, 1942. The character was created by writers Charles Biro and Dick Wood and artist Al Camy. The character returned to the comics during the 1980s written by Chuck Dixon for Eclipse Comics.

The original Airboy was assisted by a Franciscan monk Brother Francis Martier, who created a maneuverable prototype airplane that can flap it's wings like a bird. Airbus named the plane Birdie, and together they assisted the Allied Forces during the war. Lyle made it a point to include Birdie in the sketch...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dave Fowler - Frankenstein

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Dave Fowler is a freelance and sketch card artist. He started his art journey at a young age, but put down his pencil for other adventures. After two decades, his inspiration returned and his career revived. Since then he has produced sketch cards for Topps, Walking Dead, Star Wars, Upper Deck, Unstoppable Cards and Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2...

Friday, October 27, 2017


As the Baseball World Series is under way, I thought I would continue the baseball theme with this beautiful sketch. Another eBay purchase, I have no information about the artist except the back of the envelope has the letters HRAS, and the signature on the front appears to be VTLC 89....

Looks like the Dodgers-Astros matchup is a good one, expect a fun series.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Baseball - Playoffs!!!

Baseball season is winding own for the year as the last round of the playoffs take place. The LA Dodgers are going to the series and the Yankees and Astros are playing tonight to find out who gets to play the Dodgers.

Since I am originally from Brooklyn, I would love to see a Yankee-Dodger World Series. The last time these two team meet was in 1981, with the Dodgers taking the title. These two have met in 11 World Series. Enjoying the season...

I picked up the above cover from an e-bay purchase, so I have no information on the artist. It is a hand drawn sketch of Andre Dawson, with the National Sports Collectors pictorial postmark from 1983. the cover is signed by Dawson, who played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Kristen Gudsnuk - Henchgirl

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct
"Made it Ma! Top of the World!"

Kristen Gudsnuk is the creator of Henchgirl. The story of Mary Posa who is a member of the butterfly gang. The comic was originally published by Scout Comics (2015-2016) and ended the story line with issue #11. A trade was released by Dark Horse Comics in 2017.

I had several opportunities at previous shows to meet Kristen, but I was never able to fully connect with her. At TerrifiCon, I wanted to make sure I got the chance to request a sketch. James Cagney is an actor I grew up watching, because of my parents. Whenever one of his movies was on TV, we were watching it. An all around performer, Cagney was known for his many gangster roles, and I figured Henchgirl was the perfect fit.  It turns out that Kristen is a big fan of Cagney and portrayed Henchgirl in the Cagney role of Cody Jarrett in White Heat.  At the end of the movie, Jarrett is trapped by the police and decides to fight rather than surrender. The police fire tear gas into the building and gunfight ensues. Jarrett climbs to the top of the building where he is shot. He takes one last stand and yells "Made it Ma, Top of the World".

In her sketch Gudnsuk as Mary re-enacting the scene with her mother, the superhero Flame Girl looking on.

Kristen claims in an interview on Bleeding Cool, that her inspirations are Bruce Tim's animated DC universe, sitcom humor, Sailor Moon, Scott Pilgrim and her own life. She told me that was also was a fan of James Cagney, having written a school paper about his movies.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Ron Lim - Silver Surfer

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

Ron Lim's interest in comics began as a child, reading Batman and the Fantastic Four.

His first published work was on the in dependent title Ex-Mutants, from 1986-1988. He would follow this with work for Marvel Comics, given the job of penciling Silver Surfer, from 1988-1994. Lim also penciled most of the Infinity trilogy (Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity War, Infinity Crusade).

Lim would pencil Thanos, Captain America, Dragon Lines, X-Men 2099, spider-Man Unlimited, Sovereign Seven J2, Badger, Flash, Green Lantern, Stormwatch....

Lim has also penciled Sonic the Hedgehog for Archie Comics and Metallix for Future Comics.

Currently he is working with the comic adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures..

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Marc McKenzie - Macross Robot

2017.04.29 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Marc McKenzie is a freelance artist with experience in character design, illustration and writing. He has worked for the New York Times, the Animation Collective and Curious Pictures.
Mckenzie is heavily influenced by Manga, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Marc was sitting at the National Cartoonist Society table during the convention. When I first approached the table, one of the other gentlemen said come back when Marc is here, he is excellent.
I took the advice and came back to request a sketch.

Marc provided a cute macross robot, well worth the effort to return as suggested..

Mckenzie's Harsh Lines sketchbook

Friday, September 22, 2017

Matt Buttich - Darth Vader

2017.03.26 Manahawkin, NJ

Matt Buttich is a freelance artist, who specializes in sketch cards and comic book covers. He is currently providing art for Topps Star Wars Galactic Files series 5...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Buzz - Mad Hatter

2017.08.19 TerrifiCon, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Ct

I had seen Buzz' booth at several conventions, but never stopped by. Tons of great art being displayed, but I never took the time to stop by.  At the Garden State Comic Fest, someone asked if I had gotten a sketch from Buzz. They went on to say he was a great person and a great artist.

While at TerrifiCon I decided to stop by Buzz' booth. We discussed the sketch I would like, Mad Hatter on a Batman FDC. He knocked it our of the park, what a great sketch. Note the full and cross bones coming from the cup of tea.

Buzz was born and raised in Rangoon, Burma. He grew up reading his father's comic books. Moving to the States at age 13, Buzz would enter the comic industry with Blackthorne Publications at age 15. Buzz would would with Neal Adams' Continuity Studios by age 17. Moving onto the DC Comics, Buzz picked up work on Justice League Quarterly and Justice League International.

Buzz has worked on Vampirella, Shi, X-Factor, Dragonlace, Impulse, Forgotten Realms, Atomika...

Buzz has received Emmy Awards for commercial work with CBS, FOX, Los Angeles Lakers, US Marine Corps....

Friday, September 8, 2017

Eric Klaus - Mad Hatter

2017.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Erik Klaus is a graduate of the Kubert School and is currently working on a graphic novel titles Ninjas and Robots

I had picked up a set of Disney Celebration first day covers, one of which was the Alice in Wonderland Stamp. Coincidently the Johnny Depp movie had been playing all weekend, so I was inspired to obtain a Mad Hatter sketch. Looking over the guests at the GSCF, I choose to request a sketch from Erik because of his style, I knew I would get a great sketch.  Thanks and the best of luck..