Saturday, October 24, 2015

Murphy Anderson, R.I.P.


Comic book artist Murphy Anderson passed away at age 86. I'm mostly familiar with his work as an inker, and was a big fan of his work on various artists, in particular Curt Swan. He also did full art on a few things, and those are also very enjoyable.

A few words on the images I picked. The first one was published in BLUE BEETLE #2 [1986], but was drawn over 40 years earlier, even before Anderson was working professionally in comics, as he explains in that issue. The other three images are from three issues of SECRET ORIGINS (#8 - Doll Man, #19 - Uncle Sam and #21 - Black Condor) from 1986/7, three stories he was specifically chosen for as a tribute to artist Lou Fine, who drew the characters in the golden age (and as Anderson himself explains in the text box on that Doll Man page). Those were some gorgeous and entertaining stories, especially the Uncle Sam one, easily among the highlights of that run of SECRET ORIGINS.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Good Miracle Monday


A quick reminder to remember to set a place at the table for Superman tonight, the classic Miracle Monday tradition, as seen in this story from SUPERMAN #400 [1984] by Elliot S! Maggin and Klaus Janson.

Next year in Metropolis!

And if for some reason you've never read them, pick up Maggin's two Superman novels, LAST SON OF KRYPTON and MIRACLE MONDAY, or better yet, pester someone at DC to reprint them.

(Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Herb Trimpe, R.I.P.


Herb Trimpe, long-time comic book artist, primarily working at Marvel from the 1960s to the 1990s and best known for his long run drawing THE INCREDIBLE HULK (including several major issues, including the first appearance of Wolverine), passed away at age 75. I especially enjoyed his work on GODZILLA in the 1970s.

Here are a few images from lesser known stories that Trimpe wrote as well as drew. The self portrait is from STREETWISE [2000]. The "Lotsa Yox" page (inked by Wallace Wood) and the splash page from "Token" are from Flo Steinberg's BIG APPLE COMIX [1975] and the "Skywarriors" page is from SAVAGE TALES #1 [1985] (the "Skywarriors" feature ran in the first four issues of that magazine).


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Comic Creator Screen Credits


If for some reason you're like me, and find the following clip to be possibly the best 8 seconds of any super-hero movie ever made:


Then you'd probably be interested in the page I just started on Tumblr:

(note I started it mostly to have a place to play around with on Tumblr for another page I want to put up, so expect the design of it to change frequently and drastically over the next few weeks)

I'm going to try to put up as many examples as I can of the screen credits that comic creators get for screen adaptations of their characters and stories. Mostly screen captures, but the occasional video clip like above where appropriate. I'll also include the unfortunate cases of films and shows that lack any credit to the creators:

I'll put up all that I have access to over the next month (my local library has most things released within the last decade, and Netflix should come in handy), and then put up a list of those I don't have for anyone interested to submit after that.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Groo vs. Image


When Groo was being published by Image back in 1994-1995, one regular treat was how Sergio Aragon├ęs incorporated Groo into the Image "i" logo on the top left corner of each issue, following the classic Marvel style character illustration in the corner box which had been used for the Epic series. For all but one of them Aragon├ęs found a way to use the design of the logo for an extra little gag. Here are all the logos, and you can check here to see them in the context of the full covers.

The Valiant Groo


With the long delayed GROO VS. CONAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE coming out soon (and a return of solo Groo promised soon after), I've been reading a lot of old Groo comics from the Aragones/Evanier/Luth/Sakai team. So lacking anything else to post, expect a few scans of panels that especially tickled me in the next few weeks.

Like this one from the Epic GROO THE WANDERER #16 [1986]:

If you don't get the reference, from Hal Foster's Prince Valiant strip in 1937:

And it was actually a goose, not a duck, but impressive that Groo got it that close.

There might also be another reference related to Mark Evanier's one-time employer.

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