Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Scary Monsters -- Werewolves and Vampires!

Another Scary Monsters cover done and delivered! This time editor/publisher Dennis Druktenis asked me to ape the cover of the vintage monster mag, Werewolves and Vampires. Instead of a generic pair of monsters, we used television horror movie host Wolfman Mac and Jonathan Frid as Dark Shadows' Barnabas Collins. Our back cover features two vampires -- Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Gloria Holden from Dracula's Daughter.

This cover was all digital -- the front cover images painted digitally, using photo reference -- the back cover is digitally manipulated/reworked photos.

Now back to drawing comics!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wally Wood: "The Thing from the Sea"

Another one I found in the files -- from Avon's Eerie #16 -- it's Wally Wood's The Thing from the Sea. If you're reading and enjoying these vintage comic stories I've been posting here from time to time, please leave a comment.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Club 16" Jimmy Thompson's "Heavens to Betsy"

I posted a Jimmy Thompson "Heavens to Betsy" story here some time back -- and it seems I'd cleaned up one more for posting, but never got around to it (not that I can find, anyhow) -- so here's a second example. If I've already posted this, chalk it up to me being old, overworked and generally flaky! Enjoy anyhow.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Latest news -- plus Quarry times five

Those of you following my blog have certainly noticed I've not been posting much lately. I'd intended to post a few more vintage horror comics before Halloween -- but that never happened. I've been so busy at the drawing board -- and raising my son -- that the blog has been on the back burner for a bit.

In the news department -- The Adventures of Unemployed Man has been getting a crazy amount of press. Authors Gan and Erich even appeared on CNN (in costume!) for an interview.

Another comics project I'm involved with, Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave, has been similarly embraced by the media -- with positive reviews appearing all over the web and in print. Both titles are in stores now for you buy, should you so choose.

I'm also happy to announce that Max Allan Collins' first five Quarry novels are back in print, thanks to Perfect Crime Books -- all with new cover designs/illos by me (and new titles in most cases) -- all shown above. You can order then HERE.

I have a few commissions in the works -- just finished a website illustration -- did a little something for a model kit company (can't say what, so don't ask!) -- and am working my way through Return to Perdition (I'm about half way into its 180 pages). Oh -- there's another Scary Monsters cover waiting to be created, too. Don't stop checking this blog, though -- I will still be posting here -- but probably not as often as I had been (for now).

Oh, I do want to give a plug to Netflix's streaming video service. We recently dropped our cable TV subscription and switched to on-air viewing (mostly PBS kids' shows for the youngster) and Netflix. With a DVD player that's Netflix ready, I've been able to catch up on a lot of the movies I've missed in the theater since the youngster came along. I recently enjoyed Let the Right One In, Survival of the Dead, Red Cliff, OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Big Man Japan -- as well as documentaries about Henry Darger and Ron English. I'm getting my wife hooked on the mid-'70s BBC mini-series, Poldark (it's as good as I remembered it) and checking out Slings and Arrows, thanks to a friend's recommendation. For the price, it's a heck of a great deal, and a boon to a freelancer/stay at home dad like me. End of plug!