Friday, August 11, 2017

Robert E. Howard Illustrations by Gary Gianni

Bran Mak Morn the Last King. Print, 2000.

Conan illustration, 2002.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Illustration for The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, 1998.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reed Crandall Treasure Chest Covers

Treasure Chest was a Catholic comic book produced from 1946 to 1972. Some top comic artists worked drew for the comic, including Graham Ingels, Murphy Anderson, Joe Sinnott and Reed Crandall. Here are three covers by Reed Crandall.

Treasure Chest Vol. 18, No. 7. December 6, 1962.

Treasure Chest Vol. 19, No. 4. October 24, 1963.

Treasure Chest Vol. 19, No. 19. May 21, 1964.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Art of Joe Jusko

Weighing in at four pounds and 328 pages, The Art of Joe Jusko is a tribute to a wonderful artist and a template on how to do an "art of" book.

Jusko began his career in the late 1970's doing covers for Heavy Metal magazine and Marvel's black and white magazines. He has gone on to produce scores of magazine covers, comic book covers, trading cards and commercial art. Jusko produced what many consider iconic versions of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Vampirella and many other fictional characters.

The book begins with a biographical essay by the artist. Then each chapter is divided up by subject matter. Chapters include: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Horror, and Trading Cards just to name a few. Dozens of his covers are reproduced full page without the trade dress and logos. Also included are some preliminary drawings and a healthy helping of unseen private commissions. What really makes this book, aside from the beautiful artwork, is the artist's running commentary on almost every piece. Jusko points what he believes works well in the paintings and sometimes things where he now feels he could of done better. He also provides technical details about his technique and tools he uses to achieve some of the effects in his paintings. The Art of Joe Jusko offers a fantastic treat for the eyes and great insight into his process and approach to art. He comes across as an artist who holds himself to very high standards and is constantly trying to learn and challenge himself. The only complaint about this book is the binding does not seem to be very solid and it requires careful handling.

I was fortunate to buy a signed and numbered copy (pictured above) of this from the artist at his appearance at the Heroes Aren't Hard to Find convention in Charlotte, NC in June 2017. It looks like it is sold out from the publisher, but there are some copies of the regular hardcover available on Amazon.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Bernie Wrightson Tribute panel at the Heroes Aren't Hard to Find Convention in Charlotte NC, June 2017. Participants are John Totleben, Jason Moore, Tom Yeates, Scott Hampton and Joe Jusko.

Richard Corben Warren Magazine Covers

Creepy #146, Summer 1985.

Eerie #77, Sept. 1976.

Eerie #86, Sept. 1977.

Eerie #90, Feb. 1978.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack Kamen Bondage Covers

Comic book artist Jack Kamen (1920-2008) us most famous for his stories for E.C.'s line of horror comics. Kamen's stories often featured sleek, ice-cold women plotting to murder their husbands or the object of murder themselves. Kamen's squeaky clean style radiated 1950's era wholesomeness while telling unsettling stories of infidelity, murder and revenge. Before working for E.C., he did artwork for a variety of publishers who took advantage of his skills at drawing women.

Claire Voyant #4, 1947.

Jo-Jo Comics #16, June 1948.

The Saint #1, August 1947.

Zoot Comics #11, December 1947.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bernie Wrightson

Husband, father and comic book artist Bernie died yesterday, March 18, 2017. Anyone who had visited this blog more than once probably knows my affection for him and his work. Almost everything you have seen posted on this blog grew out of my fascination with Wrightson and his work. He opened me up to a whole world of art, from his contemporaries and The Studio gang, to the EC artists, Roy Krenkel and earlier masters like Alex Raymond, J.C. Coll and N.C. Wyeth. Thank you Bernie, for all the wonderful art you've given us over the years.