Friday, January 10, 2014

James Silvani - Darkwing Duck

2013.10.12 NY Comic Con, NYC

James Silvani is a Maui based comic book artist and commercial illustrator. Working as a free-lance artist since 1994, Silvani has been providing art for Kaboom! Disney's Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers (cover art), Ducktales (cover art) and APE Entertainment's Richie Rich, Boom Kids Muppet King Arthur (interiors and cover art), Muppet Snow White (cover art), Fozzie's Funny Business (interiors) and Bunsen and Beaker Save the Show (interiors).

Darkwing Duck is an animated television series produced by the Walt Disney Company in 1991, featuring Darkwing Duck (alter-ego of Mallard Drake) a pulp-fiction styled superhero who battled evildoers in the city of St. Canard. Along with his sidekick Launchpad McQuack and his adopted daughter Gosalyn. Darkwing's nemesis was Negaduck, an evil version of Darkwing himself...

Although this was produced a few years before my first son was born, I used to enjoy watching the Disney block of shows that included Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers and Ducktales. One of my cousins once told me that having kids was one of the excuses that allowed him to watch cartoons. I never needed an excuse to watch cartoons.

The Walt Disney first day cover was issued on September 11, 1968 in Marceline, Mo, where Disney grew-up on his family's farm, for Disney's contributions to America and the world. The design was draw by Disney artists Paul Wenzel (portrait) and Bob Moore (children emerging from Sleeping Beauty's Castle). Over 150 millions stamps would be purchased and almost a million first day covers would be canceled...

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