Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Saturday Evening Post painted covers with Zatanna, Joker, Harley Quinn, Swamp Thing!

I recently discovered the work of a great illustrator, Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos, and this fantastic series of Saturday Evening Post paintings that the did with DC Comics superheroes! Each one depicts characters in different eras from 1938 to 1971.


Clark Kent in the year he first appeared, 1938. Love the Siegel and Shuster sign above the shoe sign station! One kid is reading Action Comics #1 while Clark reads the Daily Planet with Superman on the front page.


Wonder Woman in 1945. Love the little girl looking up to her with a copy of Sensation Comics #1 in her hand.


Joker and Harley Quinn in 1942, looking like Bonnie and Clyde on the run. His first appearance was 2 years earlier in Batman #1, and of course Harley came much, much later. But it's fine to imagine Harley in this time period.


Catwoman getting caught on the job. Why 1989? Puzzling, but I figure that is the year the Michael Keaton Batman movie exploded into movie theaters.  The cop arresting Selina Kyle? Chief O'Hara from the Batman 66 TV show.


Zatanna with too many rabbits. Zatanna's first appearance was in Hawkman #4, 1964!


Swamp Thing - my personal favorite of this entire series! Swamp Thing first appeared in House of Secrets #92 in 1971, so there is a nod to that. It's illustrated in black and white since all the classic monster movies were filmed that way. The appearance of Swampy and Abby is most decidedly in the vein of Alan Moore's take on the characters.

Visit Ruiz Burgos' Deviant Art page or his blog for more great artwork. Nuff Said!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Duncan Fegredo, Monkeys and Spinner-Racks!

I seem to be Apes crazy these days. Here's one new image, not related to POTA, but on a classic theme from Duncan Fegredo.

duncan fegredo monkeys cbldf 2015 liberty annual

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil! All around a spinner-rack of comic books. This was done by Fegredo for the CBLDF 2015 Liberty Annual coming soon. Nuff Said!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes

I received an email a few weeks ago announcing Sequart has published a new book called The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes. Being a big Apes fan, I had to check it out, and was given a review copy in return for an honest review. It's a great addition to any bookshelf for a die-hard Apes fanatic.

Of particular interest to me, of course, were the chapters on Marvel Comics Planet of the Apes magazine from the 1970s. I have written a few articles on this topic myself, over on Giant-Size Marvel. I loved Doug Moench and Mike Ploog's Terror on the Planet of the Apes series in particular, in Sacred Scrolls there is a great chapter written by Sam Agro which recaps this series and offers some insights from Moench. Agro appreciates all the same things about Ploog's artwork in the early issues with an incredible ink wash style, then the later issues published from his full pencils. Zaki Hanson has a great overview of Marvel's adaptions of each the Apes movies and I had forgotten that for some of the sequels, Moench had included scenes taken out of the movies. John Roche covers Moench's Future History Chronicles series that was drawn by Tom Sutton, which was just mind blowing at the time. Both Roche and Agro reveal what would have happened if Marvel's POTA magazine had not been cancelled (and apparently that cancellation wasn't because of sales but licensing): more twists for the Terror series and a replacement strip for the film adaptations, Journey to the Planet of the Apes. Funny enough, I had discovered this myself back in 2009 and forgot, but take a look at my original article on GSM with links to this material.

It's a great trip down memory lane for the Marvel material, then Rich Handley and other authors cover how the Apes were handled at Malibu, Dark Horse, BOOM!, etc. I am not such an Ape fanatic to stick with it through all these iterations, but I found the BOOM! chapter to be the most interesting. I love Gabriel Hardman's work and his work (along with his wife Corina) on the Apes and reading that chapter was cool. One thing I discovered which blew me away - the variant covers on the Prime Directive mini-series, Gold Key homage covers feature both the classic Apes and Star Trek! The one above was for issue #4 featuring good old Chuck Heston.

The fifth issue has a cover featuring Spock, Dr Zira, etc. I remember Gold Key comics fondly, I hardly ever bought the regular comics but often did buy the digest sized books like The Twilight Zone. Gold Key published many Star Trek comics and I had assumed they were the first ones to publish POTA. The Sacred Scrolls has the details on that - in short they did the first Apes comic ever, but it was just an adaption of Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Any chance to dip back into Apes nostalgia is a good time, and Sacred Scrolls has lots of trivia to keep Apes fans happy for a few hours. Nuff Said!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Neal Adams Green Arrow 44 variant cover

This variant cover by Neal Adams makes me feel nostalgic...

I miss this version of Green Arrow. He was bull-headed, liberal, outspoken, courageous and ready to take action for the poor. And always ready to take a swing at Hal Jordan! Nuff Said.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cracked on the Planet of the Apes!

Back in the 1970s, everyone went ape! This Cracked cover by John Severin looks like it was done around the time of Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

Nuff Said!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fan Girl by Yanick Paquette

I saw this recent drawing by Yanick Paquette and had to feature it, titled Fan Girl...

Nuff Said!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Flash Gordon masterpiece by Al Williamson

Check out this wonderful illustration by Al Williamson on Flash Gordon...

Awesome! Nuff Said.

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