Friday, November 9, 2012

Dan O'Connor - King Kong

2012.08.04 The Great Allentown Comic Con!

Dan O'Connor has worked in, under and out of the comic book field since 1990, after attending the Joe Kubert School and learning under the tutelage of such Golden Age Luminaries as Tex Blaisdell, Hy Eisman and Irwin Hasen, as well as a several-year hitch assisting mainstream artist and inker Bob McLoed.

From the science fiction Ironstar to Tru-crime adaptations -Comic Zone's Psycho Killers series, humor and gag strips, the Lehigh Valley Art Council Newsletter strip still running since 2001, Dan's artwork has been in the most obscure chapbooks and magazine - The Adventures of Flint Perry, the Human Sub - to mainstream prominence - Kong: King of Skull Island, a prequel adaptation sanctioned by the Merian C. Cooper Estate, published by Markosia Comics 2007...

An adaptation of the title Kong: King of Skull Island was first published by DH Press (Dark Horse Comics) in 2004

King Kong was released in 1933 by RKO who created comic strips published in newspapers leading up to the film's release.

Gold Key Comics released a comic adaptation n 1968 drawn by Alberto Giolitti and George Wilson.

Monster Comics, Fantagraphics Books produced a six-issue book in  1991, based on the 1932 novelization by Delos W. Lovelace, not on the movie...

King Kong's popularity has seen him appear in many publications and parodies...
Included with my purchase of Kong was a sketch card of an Archaeopteryx

The drawing by O'Connor is on a Max Steiner FDC, honoring American Composers, who composed music for movies and theatre productions most notably King Kong, Gone With the Wind, Little Women and Casablanca...

King Kong has also be honored by his own stamp releases by New Zealand, 2005.10.19, featuring photos from the 2005 movie. Canada honored Fay Wray with Kong climbing the Empire State building in the background in 2006. Kong was also honored by Guinea, Sierra Leone and Sao Tome e Principe...
During the 1970s I came across this postcard in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine of a King Kong promotional postcard...
Then in 1983 Linn's Stamp News ran an article written by Jim Czyl discusses the cinderella stamp promoting the 1933 release of King Kong. The stamps were produced by RKO and exist with red frames and black photo centers, with the design taken from North Borneo stamps of 1931. The stamps appeared to be issued from the Kingdom of Skull Island.  Two types of postcards were produced, with the same stamp design but different color designs, either a black frame with red center or with an orange frame and black center. The reverse of the postcards feature a promotional photo of Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong, stars of King Kong...


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