Friday, September 28, 2012

Mars Attacks!!!

1962 Mars Attacks - and every kid welcomed them. Their parents may not have been so open minded.

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with both parents and several uncles working in the same factory in the Bush Terminal section off 3rd Ave. As a kid my main interest in their work was that they were located in the same building as the Topps printing facility. My brother and I would receive shoe boxes full of assorted cards, baseball, civil war, Mars Attacks, UK soccer. Once my dad brought home an uncut sheet of 1966 baseball cards. Unfortunately the only cards I still have from this horde are the UK soccer cards, which my Uncle John picked up in 1977.

The original idea for the card was developed by Len Brown,  and the story was written by Brown and Woody Gelman. The art work was done by Wally Wood, Bob Powell and Norm Saunders. Due to complaints several of the cards were re-painted to reduce the gore, but production of the cards was eventually stopped, making this a rare set of cards. The popularity of the cards has endured, with re-printed sets, movie adaptations and comic books.
The 50th Anniversary Heritage set features several cards painted by Jason Edmiston, based on the storyboard sketches from the original series that did not appear in the original set as well as 15 new cards from comic book artist John McCrea, illustrator of IDW's Mars Attacks comic series. (McCrea card above.)

When Topps announced they were issuing a Heritage set for the 50th anniversary, I became interested. I was fully drawn in when I saw some of the sketch cards being done. Magnificent. I was inspired to start collecting the set and picking up some of the sketch cards...
A Don Perlin pencil sketch. Perlin worked for Marvel on the Werewolf by Night title and is co-creator of the character Moon Knight. He also worked on The Defenders, Ghost Rider and Valiant Comics' Solar, Man of the Atom and Bloodshot. Perlin won the 1997 National Cartoonist Society Comic Book Award...

The second sketch is from Jeff Zapata, who previously worked for Valiant and Crusade comics before moving to the Topps company where is work can be found on Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and Hollywood Zombie cards...
Jason Hughes - Has provided sketch cards for Breygent Vampirella, Versicolor Betty Page, Breygent Classic Movies, Breygent Woodstock, Topps Indiana Jones, 5Finity King Kong, Breygent Golden Age of Comics, Halo, Heroes 2, Star Wars....

Lin Workman - Creator fo the webcomic/geek travel blog "Have Geek Will Travel", Webcomic "Scared Silly" and co-creator of the self-published comicbook "Bushi Tales".
He has provided sketch cards for The Empire Strikes Back 3D,

I decided to obtain my own series of Mars Attacks sketches on space related first day covers (1962 Project Mercury - John Glenn first American to orbit the Earth, Robert H. Goddard - credited with building the first liquid fueled rocket and  Edwin Hubble honored by 5 stamps showing the Eagle Nebula, Egg Nebula, Ring Nebula, Lagoon Nebula and Galaxy Nebula not used on this project). The Barnabas SuperHeroes for Hospice show in Monmouth Mall, Sept 22 was the perfect opportunity to start. I threw Ed Coutts a bit of a curve, since I was asking him to draw out of his comfort zone (beautiful women), but he nailed it perfectly and managed to feature a beautiful woman! The others also    approached the project with delight and provided great sketches:
Ed Coutts (Fem Force)
 Joe Endres (the Colossians)
Dave Ryan (War of the Independents)
 Nick Mockoviack
Javier Cruz Winnick
Ack, Ack, Ack!!!!

Jacob Chabot - updated 2015.06.06

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fabio Redivo - Drake

2012.05.05 Free Comic Book Day, Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Fabio Redivo's entry in Epics Anthology is the Story of Drake, private investigator....

Redivo earned his degree from the University of Fine ARts of Sao paulo in Graphic Design. He has worked for the Kubert School as an instructor and in their art agency where he was involved in Joe Kubert projects and PS Magazine for the army. He has also worked for Archie comics as an inker and provides design work for A Wave Blue World.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Anthony Marques - Katyusha

2012.05.05 Free Comic Book Day, Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Anthony Marques entry in Epics Anthology is Katyusha...

I have been a fan of men flying with rocket-packs since first seeing the 1952 movie Radar Men From the Moon (on TV) featuring Commando Cody. Then came the jet pack in the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball, followed by Dave Stevens' Rocketeer and my favorite comic strip character Lio by Mark Tatulli (on the left), Royden Lepp's Rust - Visitor in the Field, Joe Banana's animated Rocketeer...Bottom line - Jet Packs are cool...

The jet pack is the inspiration, the story and art still has to hold the readers interest...

Marques is a free lance comic book artist, graduating from the Kubert School in 2011. One of Marques' designs was creating the logo for Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest character, The Ghoulmaster. Marques passion and inspiration for comics started after viewing the film, Superman the Movie...

I starting writing the above description when I returned home from Dewey's. The following morning while reading the Sunday Funnies I was pleased to see Mark Tatulli's other comic strip Heart of the City featuring a story of Rocket Lad, a jet-packed boy..(2012.05.06)...

The 1997 first day cover honors the 50th Anniversary of the US Air Force. The stamp features the Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fernando Ruiz - Iron Ghost

2012.05.05 Free Comic Book Day, Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

Fernando Ruiz provided a sketch of the Iron Giant from his new anthology EPiCS.  An excellent artist working at Archie, an instructor at the Kubert School and a genuinely good guy, Ruiz mentioned this was his first sketch of the Iron Giant outside of the work provided for the book.  I had the opportunity to see several of the original pages from the Iron Ghost this day and they were excellent.

I also have received my copy of the book in digital format and found the Iron Giant to posses all of the elements of the classic comic story I enjoy. Ruiz was assisted on this story by Jack Morelli, letters and Fabio Redivo, colors...

Best of luck...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

EPiCS Anthology

On April 5 - I originally posted this : The book is ready, and I have received my digital copy. An excellent effort.  On September 15 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ is going to host an official release party and signing with all four artists from the book in attendance. Come out and meet the artists and get your copy of EPiCs anthology signed.

On free comic book day, Dewey's also hosted Ruiz, Marques and Redivo for sketches for the customers. I was very lucky to get them to provide me with sketches of their characters from the book. Tomorrow starts with Fernando Ruiz and the Iron Ghost!

Original post: Just learned about a project being put together by Fernando Ruiz, Anthony Marques, Fabio Redivo and Bob Hardin. It's called EPiCS, a book that will consist of 4 short stories featuring high flying adventure, intense horror and intrigue, adrenaline inspired thrills and mystery.

These talent writers and artists are raising funds to complete the project through Kickstarter. I have read articles about bands that have asked their fans to support their efforts to produce a CD, avoiding the trials and tribulations of big business. I had thought it would have been cool to have been part of this, helping a someone with their dream. Now I have. Since my limited artistic ability and writing skills will never get me published, I can still be a part of this project by providing support and so can you!

Bob C hardin - Rat Rod Daddy's Daughter - Hot Rod Racing 50's style
Fernando Ruiz - The Iron Ghost - Science fiction and intrigue
Anthony Marques - Katyusha - Rocket packed super hero in high flying adventure
Fabio Redivo -Drake - private investigator, deceit, murder and a beautiful woman

The fund drive at Kickstarter ends May 13!
Epic Anthology

I have had the pleasure of meeting both Fernando Ruiz and Bob Hardin, both great guys. The Epics website features previews of the stories, and it looks great. I am happy to be part of their adventure and glad I can help.

Thanks to Dewey's Comic City for the initial information. The cover is from Anthony Marques deviant art website.."This is the cover I did for an anthology book that should be done by spring time...Hope ya like it."