Friday, December 30, 2016

Jackie von Spanks - Bettie Page Christmas

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Jackie von Spanks is an illustrator who is heavily influenced by vintage pinup style of the 1940s - 1960s. Her art is heavily influenced by artists such as Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas. Jackie is also a pin-up model and a member of the Luscious Ladies.

When I asked for a Christmas sketch, she immediately smiled and said she know exactly what she would draw... Bettie Page, who is showing Linus how to properly trim a tree.

Page was born in 1923, in Tennessee and became a model after graduating college and moving to San Francisco. Her modeling career led to a Playboy centerfold in 1955 and icon status as a pin-up model.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Liz Chesterman - Merry Christmas

2016.10.16 Non-Sport Update Card Show, Allentown, Pa

Liz Chesterman ia a traditional illustrator at heart. She prefers to lend her talents to  smaller trading card companies, for sketch cards. Liz is a fan of unique themes and freedom to do original (tiny!) works of art. According to Liz "In a period where digital art seems to dominate over traditional, it's pretty awesome to be involved in projects that require the skill to craft without a computer."

Liz's has provided sketch card artwork for Classic Fairy Tales, Hallowe'en, Spellcasters II, Civil War 1, Beyond Stoker's Dracula, ContemporaryPin Ups, Zombie Poker, Westward Ho!, Beauty and the Myth and several others...

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Years, Seasons Greetings

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tony Harris - Starman

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

In 1994 James Robinson and Tony Harris introduced Jack Knight, son of the original Starman in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #1.. Knight is a reluctant hero who takes up the helm after his brother David was killed by an assassin in Starman (vol 2) #0..

Jack wields a cosmic staff, but refuses to wear a costume, instead wearing a T-shirt, leather jacket, light shielding goggles and a sheriff's badge...

Tony harris began his career in 1989, rising to prominence with Starman in  1994. He has been nominated for five Eisner Awards, penciled Ex Machina with writer Brian K Vaughan from Windstorm and War heroes with Mark Millar for Image comics.

Harris worked on additional titles including JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, Legion: Secret Files 3003, Superman: Lex 2000, Dr Strange, Iron man, Spider-Man, Nightbreed

Friday, December 9, 2016

Charles P Wilson III - Astronaut Pooh

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

This is my second sketch from Wilson. I first met him at a Wildpig Comic Con in 2010, and picked up a great sketch from the series The Stuff of Legends...

Always a fan favorite at the local show, Wilson has provided the cover art for the Garden State Comic Fest Programs...

From Comics Alliance:  This article shows his work outside of Stuff of Legends, drawings of superheroes and his blending the world of Pooh and the superhero world. Imagine a Hulk Pooh, a Captain America Pooh... well I imagined a Pooh in Space and requested such a sketch. The results is another great sketch from Wilson...

Wilson has also provided a more serious tone of art for the IDW series The Wraith, written by Joe Hill.

The FDC features the Alan Shepard stamp honoring the first American in space. Yesterday John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth passed at the age of 95. I post this cover in his honor and in honor of all men and women from all nations with the courage and spirit to travel into space to explore the universe.

Shepard and Glenn were members of the Mercury Seven, the first seven astronauts selected by the US and NASA to become astronauts. The other Astronauts include Guss Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Wally Shirra, Deke Slayton

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jon Gregory - Janis Joplin

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Jon Gregory has 20 years of graphic design, illustration and art direction experience. Within the last few years Jon has established himself as a sketch artist for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. But when I arrived at Jon's table I did not see any sign of GPK art, but instead I saw very impressive pencil sketches of various celebrities.  When I questioned Jon about a preference for a sketch, without hesitation he stated he loved Rock and Roll.

Rock and Roll is in Jon's blood. He plays guitar, drums and piano. In his spare time he moonlights as a professional concert photographer and travels with various bands capturing their performances..

Muhammad Ali trading card

Stamps that feature composers, musicians and artists are not new. What has changed is the subject matter that is reaching new audience. Where we once honored Bach, Beethoven, Sousa, Whistler, Picasso, or van Gogh, we now honor Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Buddy Holly, Abba, Kylie Minogue, Gordon Lightfoot, Andy Warhol, Calder, Peter Max, and many others..
The UK honored album art from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Blur, the Clash, now the Isle of Man honors Roger Dean...

Island and Bridges
Deans artwork has graced many album covers, and bands probably sold many of their albums due to the fantasy art that Dean provided.  Most famous of these bands were Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep...
The stamps from the Island and Bridges collection: Meeting Place - painting inspired by the Isle of Man, Blind Owl Late Landing - album art, Pathways - Yessongs album art, Green Parrot Island - Yes the Studio albums art, Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes album art, Sea of Light - Uriah Heep album art.
Thes stamps were issued by the Isle of Man on 19th August 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016

Travis Hanson - Trav's Big Imagination

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

I appreciate all styles of art, but every so often, one just grabs at me. Travis Hanson has that style. His self-published works include The Bean and Little Lost Tales.. Trav's website has a comic showing him speaking with his daughter about how his imagination took him on many adventures through his summer afternoons, fighting robots, traveling in hot air balloons, spaceships, riding on the back of dinosaurs, exploring jungles like Indiana Jones, etc...  No different from everyone who attends a comic expo...

I was especially taken by his imagery of a hot air balloon flying alongside flying whales, this beautiful vision of flight is what made me want to visit his booth at the expo...

Although the sketch he drew is small in size, it is expansive in imagination... Dream Big!

Travis provided the artwork for the Expo program and T-shirt.  He made sure to include the iconic Edison Tower in the background and the NJ Devil, in his hockey uniform as part of the artwork to add a true touch of Jersey attitude to his art...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Budd Root - La of Opar (Tarzan)

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Budd Root is the creator of the independent comic book Cavewoman and his one-shot "Cavewoman: Jungle Tales" was nominated for a 1999 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story. I had hoped to obtain a Cavewoman sketch on the Tarzan cover, but Budd being a big fan of the Tarzan series decided to sketch a Tarzan character, and I am very happy with his choice. Since I am not well versed in Tarzan, Budd's enthusiasm has made me start to read the series...

La of Opar made her first appearance in the second Tarzan novel "The Return of Tarzan". La is the queen and high priestess of Opar, the lost city located deep in the Jungles of Africa. La would also appear in the story Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs...

Burroughs created Tarzan in 1912, with Tarzan of the Apes; along with John Carter from Mars as part of the Barsoom series of stories; David Innes and Abner Perry in the Pellucidar series; Carson Napier of the Venus series and his Caspak (or Caprona) trilogy that started with "The Land That Time Forgot"...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Jaff Zapata - Garbage Pail Kids

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Jeff Zapata  is the former art director for Topps (Garbage Pail kids, Hollywood Zombies, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks). Along with  Joe Simko, they directed the documentary "30 Years of Garbage Pail Kids"

In attendance at the Monsters and Robots show were Zapata, Simko, Jay Lynch, James Warhola and Mark Pignitore. They all participated in a panel discussion of their experiences  creating and developing the Garbage Pail Kids. An excellent panel...

I went to this show with the thought of obtaining an in-person sketch, I have a Mars Attacks sketch card from Zapata... During our discussion he kept referencing back to his enjoyment of being involved with the Mars Attacks project. Since I already had a Mars attacks sketch card, we agreed on a Garbage Pail Kids - Mars Attacks mash-up. The Buzz Lightyear cover was a great choice, as we all know Buzz would be there battling  the Martians with us... To Infinity and Beyond....

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tom Palmer - Doctor Strange

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Tom Palmer started his career in comics with Marvel, after working in advertising and as a freelance illustrator. Palmer would go to EC Comics working alongside Jack Kamen and Wally Wood.
Moving to Marvel comics he was offered his first pencilling work on Doctor Strange #171, which did not go as planned, and the title was handed over to Gene Colan. Marvel quickly changed Palmer's position to inker. The Colon-Palmer run on Doctor Strange became legendary.

Palmer would also work with Neal Adams on Un canny X-Men and The Avengers. Palmer would also work on additional titles including Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula and Star Wars.

Palmer has received many honors for his work, including the 1969 Alley award, 1975 Favorite Inker Comic Fan art Award, 2008 Favorite Finisher/Embellisher Inkwell Award and the 2014 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award (Inkwell Award)

Doctor Strange was created by Steve Ditko for Marvel Comics, making his first appearance in Strange Tales #110, 1963. Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon who lost the use of his hands following a car accident. Seeking out the Ancient One to help him, eventually becomes the Sorcerer Supreme himself..

Harry Houdini was honored by the USPS in 2002 with his own stamp. An illusionist and stunt performer, Houdini was noted for his remarkable escapes. Houdini started his career as a magician in 1891 as the "King of Cards" performing card tricks before moving on to the more demanding escapes.  Houdini would go on to debunking spiritualists, exposing frauds

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bob C Hardin

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

I have had the pleasure of meeting Bob C Hardin a couple of times, each picking up a nice sketch in return.  I used to enjoy the old DC Comics war comics, especially Enemy Ace or any other story that involved World War I era biplanes. I was a Kickstarter backer of Epics  (from Marques, Hardin, Redvio and Ruiz), so when I saw an issue of Epics 2 on Hardin table and it had a biplane in battle, I had to ask for a sketch.

Bob's main focus in art is hot rods, and his story in Epics 2 takes his lead, Rat Rod Daddy's Daughter, from the Epics 1 story and puts her in a situation where she is traumatized over an ancient fighter plane piloted by the German Ace Baron Rittmeister von Kamphert attacking her father during World War II.  The cover of Epics 2 show the biplane in action against the pinned down American soldiers...

On the Eddie Rickenbacker cover Bob has drawn a different version of a battle in which Rickenbackers plane is attacking the crazed visage of von Kamphert.
Capt Eddie Rickenbacker was  a World War I ace with 26 victories, and was awarded the Medal of Honor..

signed copy of Epics 2

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mark Pignitore - Garbage Pail Kids

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Just as with Joe Simko's sketch, I was not aware of the Garbage Pail Kid that Mark had provided. When he saw the Pinocchio stamp he said he could draw something for that.  I had no idea the image had been created by Brent Engstrom on the card Lyin' Ryan
Again my lack of knowledge of the characters, made seeing this sketch a first time experience. I was thrilled with the sketch. My comment was "I didn't think I would find a use for the Pinocchio first day cover.." and I was thrilled with the outcome. I don't usually like going to an artist without knowledge of their background, but I found this experience made the discovery of the design more exciting...

Mark Pignitore has done over 100 Garbage Pail Kids illustrations, as well as sketch cards and illustrations for Mars Attacks, The Walking Dead, Adventure Time, Wacky Packages, Hollywood Zombies, and Cereal Killers.  He has also painted the cover for IDW's GPK comic book...

The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi, was published in 1883. Several countries have honored Collodi and his creation on postage stamps. Although many of the stamps issued are done so for the Disney version of the story, I have included some of my favorite non-Disney Pinocchio stamps..
Italy - 1954 -- Uruguay - 1981 -- San Marino - 1990

Friday, October 14, 2016

Joe Simko - Garbage Pail Kids

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

I attended the Monsters and Robots show to obtain a few sketches from the Garbage Pail Kids' artists that were going to be in attendance... They were coming from the GPK Convention held in Las Vegas. Since I am not a collector of GPK, but an aware of the product I thought it would be great to pick up a few sketches...

As soon as I made my request of Joe Simko, he knew immediately what he was going to do. Since I do not know all of the characters, the sketch he provided of Haley's Vomit was a great surprise an pleasant surprise...

Joe Simko has contributed to Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. He is the author illustrator of the book Sweet Rot as well as creator of his own line of trading cards "Cereal Killers"
Simko also designs CD covers and posters for Rock bands...

The original concept of Haley's Vomit (also known as Inter Stella) card #318 from the 8th series, 1987, was created by Tom Bunk...

Just wanted to show 2 recent purchases, although not sketches, that have a space theme...
FDC Cover Center 1962 Christmas issue with Santa riding a rocket to the Moon. I still appreciate the simple 2 color design over the more modern full color all-over printed covers from today that hid the stamp and postmark. 

Georges Melies, was honored by France in  1961. Melies was a movie maker during the silent film age. One of his films was "A Trip to the Moon" 1902, which had strange and surreal imagery, most notably the rocket crashing into the eye of the moon..

This image was also used on a different version of the GPK's Haley Comet..

Melies vision is the primary inspiration behind the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Sleznik, published in 2007 and the movie adaptation Hugo, 2011. Both excellent...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Rags Morales - Batman

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Since 1989 Morales has trudged his way through the mean streets and jungles of suburban New Jersey to entertain the comicbookin' masses and tickle them into nerdgasms...

Count me as having a nerdgasm after seeing this pencil sketch of Batman. .. Rags is a graduate of the Kubert School.  He has since written for Acton Comics, provided pencils for Action Comics, Adventures of Superman, Archer & Armstrong, Batman Confidential, Black Condor, Blackest night, Bloodshot, Dungeons and Dragons, Hawkman, Sgt, Rock, First Wave, Green Lantern, and many other titles. He has inked Action Comics, Turok Dinosaur Hunter, New Avengers, Green Lantern, JSA Secret Files and many others..

Cover artist for Action Comics, Archer & Armstrong, Black Condor, Captain America, Winter Soldier, Superman, Nightwing, Larfleeze, Justice League and many others...

Morales has received awards, which include:
2004 Wizard Fan Award favorite mini-series: Identity Crisis
2005 Wizard Fan Award favorite one-shot: Countdown to Infinite Crisis
2004 Best mini-series Diamond Publishing: Identity Crisis
1977-78 St. Theresa Little League All-Star Team

Friday, September 30, 2016

Creees - Batman

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Creees, aka Hyungsun Lee, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, NYC.  Creees started honing his skills at age 3, growing up drawing characters form Dragonball Z and Batman. Creees draws because he feels it keeps him alive...

Creees is inspired by the talents of Jim Lee, Kenneth Rocafort, Klaus Janson (SVA), Matteo Scalera and Sean Murphy...

CreesArt - check out his Marvel X Pokemon art on Phoenix X Ho-oh, as well as his other Marvel and DC - Pokemon pieces...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Howie Noel - Louie the Lilac

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

When I picked up this envelope, I knew I wanted to get a sketch of Milton Berle as Louie the Lilac, from the Batman TV series. I ran into an old friend Nick Mockoviac when I entered the Monsters and Robots show. I told him I was looking for the right person to provide a character sketch. He pointed to Howie Noel, whose booth we were standing in front of. Noel provided an excellent rendition of the Berle character.

The Batman TV series ran from 1966 - 1968, featuring many top names in villainous roles created just for the show. Louie the Lilac appeared in 1967, having cornered the flower market in Gotham, he planned on taking over the "flower generation"..  Milton Berle is considered the first major American TV star and was affectionately known as "Uncle Miltie"..

Berle stamp was part of a series honoring early stars of television. Berle starred in the Texaco Star Theatre (1948-1955)..

Howie Noel is an illustrator-caricturist, as well as the creator of the comic Tara Normal, Mr Scootles and Vincent: The Painter of Death. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Noel is the official cartoonist of TAPS Paramagazine...

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jenaro Pagan - Phantom of the Opera

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jenaro Pagan has been an illustrator for over fifteen years, providing work for Headlocked Comics and Arcana Comics (colorist for Koni Konfidential and A Cat Named Haiku)..

Excellent version of the Phantom of the Opera...

Jenaro Pagan homepage

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sian Mandrake - Wolfman (Universal Monsters)

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Sian Mandrake is the daughter of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, and is following in the family footsteps. A graduate of the Kubert school, Sian has done storyboards for the Indie movie Zombie Prom, Mars Attacks! sketch cards, the graphic novel Creepsville, as a colorist on John Carpenter's Asylum, X-Files, Convergence: Suicide Squad.

Sian is working on Chuck Dixon's "7 Deadly Sinners" and with Area 52 Studio as an artist, colorist and creator...

Sian has also worked as a colorist on Philip Lim's book "Kill the Night"...

On her Tumblr page Sian states " I draw lots of cats, vampires and bikers"... I guess it was no surprise she picked the Wolfman cover to draw her sketch...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Jack Mandrake - Captain America

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jack Mandrake, is a comic artist on the rise.. The son of Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, brother of Sian Mandrake.. Jack attended his first comic convention as an artist, getting a feel for the family business..

Jack is currently in school to help fine tune his artistic skills. I feel fortunate to be in possession of Jack's first convention commission, Captain America.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tom Mandrake - Firestorm

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Tom Mandrake is a comic book artist, who regularly collaborates with writer John Ostrander. Together they have worked on Grimjack (First Comics), Firestorm, the Spectre and Martian Manhunter (DC Comics) and are currently funding Kros: Hallowed Ground through Indiegogo, the story of Vampire Hunter Major Kros who wages war against Vampires at the Battle of Gettysburg...

Mandrake has worked on titles for DC Comics including Sgt. Rock, New Mutants, Batman, Mister Terrific, Justice League of America, Suicide Squad, Weird War Tales and many other titles...

For Marvel Comics, Mandrake worked on Exiles, GI joe, Star Wars, Punisher, Thor, X-Men and others...

The character of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man, was first created Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom in 1978. The character was created when a high school student and a Nobel-Prize winning physicist were caught in a nuclear accident, fusing them into Firestorm.. In 1986 Ostrander took over the duties of writing the series, changing the character into and Tom Mandrake would create a new look to match the change...

The Enrico Fermi first day cover was chosen for this sketch, because Fermi is created with the world's first nuclear reactor the Chicago Pile-1. He is known as the architect of the nuclear age, and was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity..

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jan Duursema - Aayla Secura

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Jan Duursema is an artist known for her work on Star Wars, for which she created the characters Denin and Vila from Naldar, the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla Secura and the Kiffar Jedi Quinlan Vos.  However her work goes far beyond the Star Wars Universe. 

Duursema's first published work appeared in Heavy Metal in July 1979, followed by Sgt. Rock art for DC Comics.   With writer Paul Kupperberg she co-created the character Arion, who first appeared in The Warlord #55, March 1982. The character of Arion would eventually have his own book Arion, Lord of Atlantis, which ran from 1982 - 1985...

Star Wars #92 from Marvel Comics, featured Duurema's first work for the franchise, which continued through the Dark Horse titles, including Star Wars: Darth Maul mini-series, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi..

Other titles that feature Duursema's work include: the Outsiders, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Hawkworld, Detective Comics, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek, X-Men, X-Factor, Spider-Man Unlimited, Elric and many others....

Aayla Secura is a Twi'lek Jedi appearing in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Clone Wars (TV series)...

Duursema is currently working on Hexar Dusk with John Ostrander, which is being funded through Indiegogo!!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Josephine Lee - Bear Hug!

2016.07.09 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

Josephine Lee studied animation at Cal Arts for two years before obtaining her degree in interior design at SVA.

From her various sites on Twitch, instagram and from her website
"I draw, I doodle, I daydream. I eat, I laugh, I enjoy life.

I love designing an I love drawing

I decided it's ok for me to have everything I want. So, it's ok for me to design but still pursue art and I shall.

I shall draw, draw and draw...."

I was taken by the art Ms Lee presented at her table. Bight red ringed cheeks on animals. I asked for a sketch and Ms Lee looked through my selection of animal related first day covers. She chose the Polar Bear, because her friend loved polar bears. There is no better reason than this...

Check out her site at twitch, website, look for the Unicorn Man and Ox and the Village, as well as her other wonderful animals...

Friday, August 5, 2016


1972 Winter Olympics...Eunice Alter JONAL ArtCovers...Although not a comic related cover, I would like to share a hand-painted cover from my collection...the 1972 Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo, Japan, the medallion commemorates the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics and the cachet features a rendering of a Greek athlete from the original Greek Olympiad...

JONAL ArtCovers were created by artist Eunice Alter and Jack Stuckart, editor of the newsletter SPAN, in the early 1970s. JONAL ArtCovers is an exceptional example of hand-painted PNC (philatelic and numismatic) first day cover. Each cover is researched and designed so that the coin, stamp and illustration are inter-related and celebrate an important event or person.

Mrs. Alter has had her covers exhibited at the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Library, and her tribute to Arthur Fiedler is part of the permanent Arthur Fiedler Exhibit at the Boston Statehood Library...

After watching the Flash TV series, I had the What if? thought of a race between Flash, Quicksilver and Golden Age Flash.  I decided to adapt that idea to the above Olympics first day cover from 2004...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sara E Black - Winged Monkey

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Sara E. Black is new to the comic book scene. Sara trained at Montclair State University and  is currently working on an idea of the Bubblegum Squad Detectives, the story of a bunch of sassy young women who eagerly take on the bizarre crimes and mysteries that most cops want nothing to do with....

Sara can be found at many of the local comic conventions.. from her blog she states that she want to tell stories that are a blend of believable characters and unusual protagonists. I want high energy, fun, creeps and still be able to stretch what defines the good character..

Although the above is not a first day cover, it is a commemorative cancel for the movie stamps of 1990, which incuded the Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland), Stagecoach (John Wayne), Gone with the Wind (Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh) and Beau Geste (Gary Cooper)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sono - Lion-O

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Mike Chan aka Sono, is a free-lance artist currently working on a children's book. You can check out his instagram page for more...

ThunderCats was an animated action-adventure featuring a team of humanoid cats fight evil on their adopted homeworld. The show ran from 1985 - 1989. The show was produced by Rankin-Bass and Lorimar Pictures. The characters, created by Tobin Wolf, were humanoid cats named Jaga the Wise - Lord of the ThunderCats;  Lion-Oleader and hereditary Lord of the ThunderCats; Tygra - the level headed warrior; Panthro - mechanic and engineer; Cheetara - has a precognitive sense; Wilykat and WilyKit - twin "ThunderKittens"...

A later series was produced in 2011

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thomas Griffin - National Guardian

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ
Sketch of National Guardian from Hero

Thomas "SirGryphon" Griffin being obsessed with science fiction and a fan of science fact, is a writer, illustrator, colorist and letterer. He has worked on HERO, Greasers in Greece, Greasers in Greece Rerelease, The Only Choice, Frankenstein vs Dracula and his own book the WOW signal.. Along with his brother, Sean Griffin, started their own label Gryphon Knights in 2010...

Since it's inception Gryphon Knights has added many creators to it's roster and continue to look for new talent to host and publish comics. Their purpose is to share their work and help other indie creators get exposure, recognition in their efforts and creative work and contributions to the arts..

Additional titles published include Tomfool, Greenpoint of View, Millennials, Jenny Everywhere, Munster Transit Authority.....

Hero is a gritty superhero crime noir, that takes place in New York City during the 1940's. On the verge of World War II Nazis and mob elements are trying to subtly invade and take control.  A small group of rouges are trying to protect their home by trying to stop them. Through their actions they are finding the painful truth of what it means to be a hero..

Friday, July 8, 2016

Jeff Shultz - Snoopy

2015.04.11 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

Jeff Shultz, long time Archie artist, has added Charles Schutlz' Peanuts from Boom Studios to his resume.  Boom Studios brought the Peanuts characters back to the comic book format in 2012...

Jeff was a ghost artist for the Tom and Jerry newspaper comic strips...

Jeff provided a nice pencil sketch to the Peanuts cover..

Friday, July 1, 2016


2015 - I work in a facility that has a parking deck.. the stairwell to the 3rd level is glass enclosed. One morning with the sun shining on the glass I noticed an impression of a bird on the glass. A pigeon, we have lots of them, must have crashed into the glass and left his own chalk outline of feathers and dander..I know it does not sound attractive, but I found  beauty in the impression. I did not see any bodies on the ground, so I figured he must have staggered away like a concussed soccer player refusing to leave the pitch...

This vision stayed with me and I keep looking for new impressions, as if it were a traveling art show. Each bird leaves their own mark, but all are similar in style.  I finally decided to put the image to paper..a little self indulgence...

One of my favorite quotes from the movie The Producers (Mel Brooks 1968)
Concierge (Madelyn Cates): But you won't find him there.... he's up on the roof with his boids.  He keeps boids. Dirty disgusting... filthy.. lice-ridden boids.  You used to be able to sit out on the stoop like a person. Not anymore!  No sir!  Boids!

Jeff Pidgeon, started working at Pixar in 1991, graduating from Cal Arts in 1988, to work on Toy Story. His work with Pixar would later include Toy Story 2, Toy Story3, Monsters Inc, Mike's New Car, Lifted, Wall-E, Up.....
Jeff has also provided voice work for several of these movies, including the 3-eyed aliens from Toy Story..
I had sent a request for a sketch on a Project Mercury FDC, and Jeff signed the card stock from inside the cover along with this sketch of a 3-eyed alien from Toy Story.. Thanks Jeff!

Erica Schroeder was in attendance at the East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ
Ms. Schroeder is an actress, who is known for her voice work on several animated projects..notably Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Winx Club, Tai Chi Chasers... providing voices for over 50 characters on over 15 animated shows.  Ms. Schroeder has appeared on Broadway in Jane Eyre and Shout, The Mod Musical and in  many off-Broadway and regional theatre productions ..
I had the idea of drawing a Pokemon Pidove, a character voiced by Ms. Schroeder, on a state bird first day cover, to obtain her autograph on. I like the concept...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gregg Schigiel - Mermaid Man

2015.04.12 East Coast Comic Con, Secaucus, NJ

I purchased 2 sketches from Schigiel at the ECCC, which is not something I usually do. My first sketch from Schigiel was Pix, the obvious choice since it was his own character. I was at the comic con with my sone Matt, who was looking over Schigiel's work on the SpongeBob Comics. Both of my boys had grown up watching the SpongeBob TV show, and we still watch it.  After walking around the show for a while we went back to Schigiel's booth.

I had been saving my Wonders of the Sea first day cover for an Aquaman drawing... I knew I had to have a sketch of Mermaid Man.

SpongeBob SquarePants premiered in 1999 on Nickelodeon, and has shown close to 200 episodes. The character of Mermaid Man and his sidekick Barnacle Boy (voiced by Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway) made their first appearance in episode 6 (August 1999) as two retired superheroes. The character was created and  designed by Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the series...

Borgnine and Conway had performed together on the TV series McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966. Hearing these voices come from these SpongeBob characters brought a little more excitement to an already good show. While my boys watched and enjoyed the show, I had recognized these voices from my childhood and was easily drawn in...

Matt had appreciated that Schigiel included the Mermaid Man catch phrase to enhance the sketch... EEEEVVILL!

The Wonders of the Sea postage stamp was designed by Charles Lynn Bragg, issued October 3, 1994 Honolulu, Hi

Friday, June 17, 2016

Doug Bratton - Frankenberry

2015.10.09 NY Comic Con, NYC

Doug Bratton's bio starts off -  After a brief and unsuccessful career as a nude model....Doug is the creator of the daily panel comic Pop Culture Shock Therapy, which have been collected into two books The Deranged Stalkers and Comic Re-Mix..

The single panel comics deals with pop culture stereotypes from Star Wars, breakfast cereal (Frankenberry), super heroes, Disney, Star Trek and everything and anything else he can poke fun at..

I asked Bratton to draw a Frankenberry (he was on the cover of his Re-Mix book, with Charlie Brown, Homer Simpson and Wonder Woman in a blender). Although I was a Count Chocula fan, I always enjoyed the monster cereal commercials...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tim Vigil - the Mummy

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

Tim Vigil is best known for his work in the horror/adult genre.  His graphic novel Faust, co-created with David Quinn, was first published in 1987 through Rebel Studios and then by Avatar Press. Faust,  is a series that features strong violence and sexual situations, was developed into a film in 2001 by director Brian Yuzna as Faust: Love of the Damned..

The followup series Faust: Book of M was nominated for the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Illustrated Narrative...

Vigil has also provided work for Grips (Silverwolf Comics), Caliber Presents (Cailber Comics), Zero Tolerance (First Comics), Champions of Hell (13 Flames Empire) and others..

I was a little hesitant to obtain a sketch from Vigil, due to the graphic and sexual nature of most of his work (it's not that I don't appreciate the art, but I have to bring this home and my wife might not approve!) I did approach Vigil with my request based on his background in horror.  His sketch for the above Mummy first day cover is exceptional. The detail he provided , especially in the left hand reaching out of the drawing, it's beautiful...

Tim Vigil's facebook page

Friday, June 3, 2016

Criss Madd - Marvin the Martian

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Hard to believe that in all my requests for astronauts and Mars Attacks sketches, I had never requested one of my favorite cartoon characters, Marvin the Martian.
While I was looking over Criss' art work I was very inspired, but a majority of his work was fantasy and monsters. He had a great Frankenstein drawing, but I did not have anymore Franksnestein covers to use..

Criss mentioned he did some work on a new toy line that had monster-astronaut characters, called Hell Screamers, you can see his work on Hell Screamers on his Facebook page... Criss has provided the pencils for the Kickstarter project New Cairo, written and created by Bradley Golden and Alex Barranco... Criss also provided sketch covers for the Kickstarter project Until We Sleep...

I left the Project Mercury first day cover and ask Criss to do whatever he felt like...and Marvin the Martian was his choice..

Marvin first appeared in the 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon "Haredevil Hare", and was created by Chuck Jones. He mission is to destroy the earth with the aid of his trusty companion K-9, his army of instant martians and the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Trevor McCarthy - Nightwing

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

Trevor McCarthy is noted for his work on such titles as Batman:Gates of Gotham, Nightwing, Batwoman, Blackhawks, Green Lantern and the Atom, Thunder Agents and X-Men.. as a cover artist his work has been seen on Nightwing, Green Lantern Corps, Batman, Birds of Prey, Justice League Dark and others....

McCarthy has also provided work on the David Hine and Kyle Higgins character Nightrunner, featured inDetective Comics Annual #12. The character is an Algerian Sunni Muslim French citizen working for Batman Incorporated as the Batman of Paris...

McCarthy signed Nightwing #65

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bob Petrecca - Capt Cold

2016.04.03 Jersey Shore Comic Con, Toms River, NJ

Bob Petrecca, has worked on titles such as Dr Strange, Justice League Unlimited, Captain America, Superman and several other titles as an inker, penciller and cover artist.  This is my second drawing from Petrecca, and he always does beautiful work...

Captain Cold, Leonard Snart was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, as the fist super villain to face the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen. Listed as #27 on IGN's list of Top 100 comic Book Villains...