Friday, November 1, 2013

David T. Wenzel - Gandalf the Grey

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

David T. Wenzel's early career path led him to work at an advertising agency, followed by pencilling comic books. He won an Eagle Award in 1979 for Best Continued Story for an Avengers story arc.

Wenzel moved to illustrating children's literature in the 1980s when he illustrated Robb Walsh's Kingdom of the Dwarfs for Centaur Books. Wenzel would then provide the fully painted art for The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic, written by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming, published by Eclipse Comics, 1989. The collection was re-published in 1990 by Ballantine Books and is considered one of the most successful graphic format adaptations. Del Rey Books re-published the collection in 2001...

Wenzel with writer Douglas Wheeler adapted some of the Brothers Grimm's fairytales for NBM in 1995. In other publications, Wenzel has worked with writer Kurt Busiek on The Wizard's Tale (1998), with writer Robert L. May's Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Grosset and Dunlap, 2001), Max Lucado's A Hat for Ivan (Crossway Books, 2004), the Little Bear series, under the direction of Maurice Sendak (Harper Festival, 2003-2004)....

Although the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were English Literature, I used the American Libraries FDC for this sketch because of the Libraries theme... I did not have any covers that I could otherwise relate to this fantastic sketch...

July 1998 the UK Post (Royal Mail) issued a series of stamps titled Magical Worlds, one of these issues featured Bilbo Baggins and Smaug from the Hobbit... Following the release of the movie, New Zealand Post Office issued a series of stamps in 2012 featuring scenes from the movie..
In 2004 the Royal Mail issued a series of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. New Zealand would also commemorate the story with issues in 2001 for the Fellowship of the Ring, 2002 The Two Towers, 2003 Return of the King and 2004 New Zealand Landscapes featuring scenes from the movie showing the beautiful New Zealand countryside...

JJR Tolkien was no stranger to stamps. Every Christmas from 1920-1942, his children would receive a letter bearing a stamp from the North Pole. The letter from Father Christmas would contain colorful drawings and tales of Father Christmas' travels and adventures. The envelope contained North Pole stamps and postmarks drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien. these letters would be collect by his d=children and published posthumously in 1976...



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