Friday, May 13, 2011

FCBD - A Pair of Jokers

Nick Justus

Gavin Smith

2001.05.07 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

During the morning hours of the FCBD - Dewey's had two artists who were in their 3rd year of Joe Kubert's School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (The Kubert School), Dover, NJ, the graduating class of 2011...

When Nick Justus started his sketch, he touched on the idea of turning Stan Laurel into the Joker...

I asked both artists to draw their version of the Joker on a Comedians FDC. The comedians stamps honored Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Jack Denny, Bergen & McCarthy and Fanny Brice and were all drawn by famed caricaturist Hirschfeld.

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was well known for his line drawings of celebrities, musicians, movie stars and Broadway performers...I remember getting the Sunday paper to look for the comics, followed by the entertainment section to see fi there was a Hirschfeld drawing accompanying the reviews of the newest movie or Broadway play...I always had to try to find the Nina's hidden within...

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