Monday, August 8, 2022

Early Conan by Barry Smith


First is an illo from the fanzine Marvelmania Magazine #3, then as it appeared years later in Conan Classics #1.  I feel like this was in other publications, but I'm drawing a blank (can you help me out?).  In this MM#3 article, Roy said he liked the initial horned helmet, cause it made Conan look like a charg'n bull
 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

On The Road with Jim Steranko



Soooo, I just got back from a 3 week road trip that was oddly (for me) devoid of any contact with comics, comic art, paperback covers, any of that.  But one afternoon, I was free for an afternoon in little Podunk, USA, and asked a distant relative who had grown up in Podunk if he knew of any used book stores.  He told me about a place that was only a mile away from my airBNB, so I walked to it.  It was the strangest bookstore I'd ever seen, with stacks and piles of books strewn all around the store IN NO ORDER.  I asked the owner if he had any fantasy/sf books, and he pointed up to a rafter and said yes, but I'd need to use his extension ladder.  That was a bust, but later I was just climbing around stacks of random magazines, and the 2017 edition of Overstreet fell on the floor at my feet, and there lay this beautiful cover.  It ended up being the one piece of my kind of art I found in the store, and the only thing I saw on my whole trip.  I've also put up a Talon that I posted in the wayback as it appeared in Witzend  or Fantastic Fanzine (the used book store owner's not the only disorganized cat in this tale), and finally the same Talon piece as I've just seen in it's original form
 

Monday, July 18, 2022

The Cover I Dreamed About In 1971 by Frank Frazetta



 34-year-old Russ Cochran was a genius,and he had his buddy Fritz do hand-colored prints of this each unique and with an extra ink sketch at the bottom.  As a poor 15-year-old, however, it was way outta my league, and I had a recurring dream that I would someday see it as the cover it was always meant to be.  viola, as Bugs Bunny says

Saturday, July 16, 2022

A Fistful Of Berni Wrightson





That last one looks like a fanzine illo, but I dunnae know for sure.  If you happen to know, please holla
 

Some Play'n Cards by Frank Frazetta


 So, I guess this proves what you've long suspected-that the Cap'n isnae play'n with a full deck (but in a good way, I like to think)

Galactus And The Silver Surfer by Jack Kirby





 First is a blacknwhite I found in a fanzine way back, which I quickly butchered.  Pencils and inks by Jack, colored pencils by the Cap'n.  Then two of the actual Marvelmania posters, and finally, Galactus by his lonesome as the best version I've seen of his appearance in Kirby's Black Book Valentine to Roz

Friday, July 15, 2022

Coupla Things from Planetoid by Rich Corben



 In 1992, Heavy Metal was off my radar, but I know I would've dug this had I known.  When HM came out in the seventies, we were all about it.  For some reason, that half splash makes me think of another 70's fascination--the back-up band for David Bowie, which of course makes me wanna watch Zoolander for the umpteenth time