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 quirkytails.com:
"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

Olympics

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...