Friday, September 23, 2016

Howie Noel - Louie the Lilac

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

When I picked up this envelope, I knew I wanted to get a sketch of Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac, from the Batman TV series. I ran into an old friend Nick Mockoviac when I entered the Monsters and Robots show. I told him I was looking for the right person to provide a character sketch. He pointed to Howie Noel, whose booth we were standing in front of. Noel provided an excellent rendition of the Berle character.

The Batman TV series ran from 1966 - 1968, featuring many top names in villainous roles created just for the show. Louie the Lilac appeared in 1967, having cornered the flower market in Gotham, he planned on taking over the "flower generation"..  Milton Berle is considered the first major American TV star and was affectionately known as "Uncle Miltie"..

Berle stamp was part of a series honoring early stars of television. Berle starred in the Texaco Star Theatre (1948-1955)..

Howie Noel is an illustrator-caricturist, as well as the creator of the comic Tara Normal, Mr Scootles and Vincent: The Painter of Death. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Noel is the official cartoonist of TAPS Paramagazine...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jenaro Pagan - Phantom of the Opera

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jenaro Pagan has been an illustrator for over fifteen years, providing work for Headlocked Comics and Arcana Comics (colorist for Koni Konfidential and A Cat Named Haiku)..

Excellent version of the Phantom of the Opera...

Jenaro Pagan homepage

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sian Mandrake - Wolfman (Universal Monsters)

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Sian Mandrake is the daughter of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, and is following in the family footsteps. A graduate of the Kubert school, Sian has done storyboards for the Indie movie Zombie Prom, Mars Attacks! sketch cards, the graphic novel Creepsville, as a colorist on John Carpenter's Asylum, X-Files, Convergence: Suicide Squad.

Sian is working on Chuck Dixon's "7 Deadly Sinners" and with Area 52 Studio as an artist, colorist and creator...

Sian has also worked as a colorist on Philip Lim's book "Kill the Night"...

On her Tumblr page Sian states " I draw lots of cats, vampires and bikers"... I guess it was no surprise she picked the Wolfman cover to draw her sketch...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Jack Mandrake - Captain America

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jack Mandrake, is a comic artist on the rise.. The son of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, brother of Sian Mandrake.. Jack attended his first comic convention as an artist, getting a feel for the family business..

Jack is currently in school to help fine tune his artistic skills. I feel fortunate to be in possession of Jack's first convention commission, Captain America.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tom Mandrake - Firestorm

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Tom Mandrake is a comic book artist, who regularly collaborates with writer John Ostrander. Together they have worked on Grimjack (First Comics), Firestorm, the Spectre and Martian Manhunter (DC Comics) and are currently funding Kros: Hallowed Ground through Indiegogo, the story of Vampire Hunter Major Kros who wages war against Vampires at the Battle of Gettysburg...

Mandrake has worked on titles for DC Comics including Sgt. Rock, New Mutants, Batman, Mister Terrific, Justice League of America, Suicide Squad, Weird War Tales and many other titles...

For Marvel Comics, Mandrake worked on Exiles, GI joe, Star Wars, Punisher, Thor, X-Men and others...

The character of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man, was first created Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom in 1978. The character was created when a high school student and a Nobel-Prize winning physicist were caught in a nuclear accident, fusing them into Firestorm.. In 1986 Ostrander took over the duties of writing the series, changing the character into and Tom Mandrake would create a new look to match the change...

The Enrico Fermi first day cover was chosen for this sketch, because Fermi is created with the world's first nuclear reactor the Chicago Pile-1. He is known as the architect of the nuclear age, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity..

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jan Duursema - Aayla Secura

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jan Duursema is an artist known for her work on Star Wars, for which she created the characters Denin and Vila from Naldar, the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla Secura and the Kiffar Jedi Quinlan Vos.  However her work goes far beyond the Star Wars Universe. 

Duursema's first published work appeared in Heavy Metal in July 1979, followed by Sgt. Rock art for DC Comics.   With writer Paul Kupperberg she co-created the character Arion, who first appeared in The Warlord #55, March 1982. The character of Arion would eventually have his own book Arion, Lord of Atlantis, which ran from 1982 - 1985...

Star Wars #92 from Marvel Comics, featured Duurema's first work for the franchise, which continued through the Dark Horse titles, including Star Wars: Darth Maul mini-series, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi..

Other titles that feature Duursema's work include: the Outsiders, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Hawkworld, Detective Comics, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek, X-Men, X-Factor, Spider-Man Unlimited, Elric and many others....

Aayla Secura is a Twi'lek Jedi appearing in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars (TV series)...

Duursema is currently working on Hexar Dusk with John Ostrander, which is being funded through Indiegogo!!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Josephine Lee - Bear Hug!

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Josephine Lee studied animation at Cal Arts for two years before obtaining her degree in interior design at SVA.

From her various sites on Twitch, instagram and from her website
"I draw, I doodle, I daydream. I eat, I laugh, I enjoy life.

I love designing an I love drawing

I decided it's ok for me to have everything I want. So, it's ok for me to design but still pursue art and I shall.

I shall draw, draw and draw...."

I was taken by the art Ms Lee presented at her table. Bight red ringed cheeks on animals. I asked for a sketch and Ms Lee looked through my selection of animal related first day covers. She chose the Polar Bear, because her friend loved polar bears. There is no better reason than this...

Check out her site at twitch, website, look for the Unicorn Man and Ox and the Village, as well as her other wonderful animals...

Friday, August 5, 2016


1972 Winter Olympics...Eunice Alter JONAL ArtCovers...Although not a comic related cover, I would like to share a hand-painted cover from my collection...the 1972 Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo, Japan, the medallion commemorates the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics and the cachet features a rendering of a Greek athlete from the original Greek Olympiad...

JONAL ArtCovers were created by artist Eunice Alter and Jack Stuckart, editor of the newsletter SPAN, in the early 1970s. JONAL ArtCovers is an exceptional example of hand-painted PNC (philatelic and numismatic) first day cover. Each cover is researched and designed so that the coin, stamp and illustration are inter-related and celebrate an important event or person.

Mrs. Alter has had her covers exhibited at the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Library, and her tribute to Arthur Fiedler is part of the permanent Arthur Fiedler Exhibit at the Boston Statehood Library...

After watching the Flash TV series, I had the What if? thought of a race between Flash, Quicksilver and Golden Age Flash.  I decided to adapt that idea to the above Olympics first day cover from 2004...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sara E Black - Winged Monkey

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Sara E. Black is new to the comic book scene. Sara trained at Montclair State University and  is currently working on an idea of the Bubblegum Squad Detectives, the story of a bunch of sassy young women who eagerly take on the bizarre crimes and mysteries that most cops want nothing to do with....

Sara can be found at many of the local comic conventions.. from her blog she states that she want to tell stories that are a blend of believable characters and unusual protagonists. I want high energy, fun, creeps and still be able to stretch what defines the good character..

Although the above is not a first day cover, it is a commemorative cancel for the movie stamps of 1990, which incuded the Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland), Stagecoach (John Wayne), Gone with the Wind (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh) and Beau Geste (Gary Cooper)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sono - Lion-O

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Mike Chan aka Sono, is a free-lance artist currently working on a children's book. You can check out his instagram page for more...

ThunderCats was an animated action-adventure featuring a team of humanoid cats fight evil on their adopted homeworld. The show ran from 1985 - 1989. The show was produced by Rankin-Bass and Lorimar Pictures. The characters, created by Tobin Wolf, were humanoid cats named Jaga the Wise - Lord of the ThunderCats;  Lion-Oleader and hereditary Lord of the ThunderCats; Tygra - the level headed warrior; Panthro - mechanic and engineer; Cheetara - has a precognitive sense; Wilykat and WilyKit - twin "ThunderKittens"...

A later series was produced in 2011

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thomas Griffin - National Guardian

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
Sketch of National Guardian from Hero

Thomas "SirGryphon" Griffin being obsessed with science fiction and a fan of science fact, is a writer, illustrator, colorist and letterer. He has worked on HERO, Greasers in Greece, Greasers in Greece Rerelease, The Only Choice, Frankenstein vs Dracula and his own book the WOW signal.. Along with his brother, Sean Griffin, started their own label Gryphon Knights in 2010...

Since it's inception Gryphon Knights has added many creators to it's roster and continue to look for new talent to host and publish comics. Their purpose is to share their work and help other indie creators get exposure, recognition in their efforts and creative work and contributions to the arts..

Additional titles published include Tomfool, Greenpoint of View, Millennials, Jenny Everywhere, Munster Transit Authority.....

Hero is a gritty superhero crime noir, that takes place in New York City during the 1940's. On the verge of World War II Nazis and mob elements are trying to subtly invade and take control.  A small group of rouges are trying to protect their home by trying to stop them. Through their actions they are finding the painful truth of what it means to be a hero..

Friday, July 8, 2016

Jeff Shultz - Snoopy

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jeff Shultz, long time Archie artist, has added Charles Schutlz' Peanuts from Boom Studios to his resume.  Boom Studios brought the Peanuts characters back to the comic book format in 2012...

Jeff was a ghost artist for the Tom and Jerry newspaper comic strips...

Jeff provided a nice pencil sketch to the Peanuts cover..