Archive - December 2009
World of Strange
|Hembeck.com Contents Page||Links A'Plenty|
Read about my book!!!!!
|December 30th, 2009|
|Putty In My Hands
Here's another recent piece, commissioned as a Christmas gift. Well, by now it's been opened by its intended recipient, so I guess its okay to share it with the rest of you folks.
I don't wanna go all Gabe Jones on ya and blow my own horn, but I gotta say, this has to be one of my all-time very favorite illos. You may or may not agree with that assessment, but you gotta admit, it's not something I say often (if ever...)
Anyway, here it comes (and yeah, you CAN see it larger--just click on the image)
|I was given the task via the aforementioned commission to draw several stretching or otherwise malleable characters--Mr. Fantastic, Plastic Man, Daredevil's antagonist Stilt-Man, Jack Kirby's Machine Man, Warlock of The New Mutants, and The Inhumans' Medusa--in whatever sort of group scenario I pleased. This was the result. What a fun bunch, don'tcha think?|
|December 28th, 2009|
|And now, True Believers, the time has come once again for December's SECOND most celebrated birthday!|
STAN LEE DAY!!
When it comes to Stan, never.
The man is Fantastic, Amazing, and Incredible, with the Uncanny ability to keep us in Suspense, all the while Astonishing us--even if he is a bit Strange at times! So Face Front, Hang Loose, and bake yourself an Excelsior stuffed cake--Stanley Lieber was born on this very day, and I heartily contend we're all the better for it!!
|December 24th, 2009|
|And to all, a good night!!|
|December 23rd, 2009|
|Did all those swell commissions that I've
been foisting on you the past few days perhaps
whet your appetite to maybe buy a little
bit of Hembeck art of your very own?
Well, if it did, take a gander at these!....
|SPIDEY&SUPEY, The World's Mightiest Vaudevillians!!|
|CAPTAIN MARVEL and, um, CAPTAIN MAR-VELL??...|
|DAREDEVIL and The KINGPIN!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA!!|
|As always, flick your mouse across any of
the above images to see 'em larger.
And go here if you're interested in bidding on one--or more!--during our current round of Ebay auctions!! You'll be glad you did (well, I will anyway...)!!
Sherlock Holmes note: I forgot to mention this yesterday, but good ol' TCM (Turner Classic Movies for the uninitiated) is running 24 straight hours of Holmes flicks commencing at 8 PM Christmas night (EST), plus running a 2 hour silent version Sunday at midnight (actually, Monday--careful how you program your recorder), so if, like us, you don't make it out to the premiere of the Robert Downey Jr flick (we'll see it in a couple months when it hits our budget second-run multiplex), and you're jonesing for some Sherlock, TCM's got you covered!!
|December 22nd, 2009|
|Here's ANOTHER recent commission for you all to gawk at--not Santa, but ANOTHER gent who's looking to have himself a pretty big day come the 25th...|
|SHERLOCK HOLMES and Dr.WATSON!!|
|Care to see a larger version but don't know
Elementary--simply click your mouse on the above image, and voila!!
Until next time!...
|December 21st, 2009|
|... And Everything Nice...
Another holiday treat for you all--a specially commissioned original Sugar and Spike cover...
|This specially commissioned tribute to the
legendary Sheldon Mayer, creator of Sugar
and Spike and oh so much more, features (as
per my patron's specific requests) the pint-sized
duo, Bernie The Brain, The Three Mouseketeers,
Scribbly and his baby brother, Ma Hunkle
(aka The Red Tornado) and the Tornado Twins,
a fellow who Mr. Mayer helped get off the
ground named Superman, a couple of his All-American
Comics characters, The Flash, Green Lantern,
and Wonder Woman, and Sugar's folks (or are
they Spike's?...). Plus, Santa Fred and comely
associate. Bad Santa pun courtesy of yours
To see it at a larger size, just--you guessed it!--click the above image!
Ho-ho-hope you liked it!!
|December 20th, 2009|
|A few Decembers back, I slaved for days over
a hot scanner putting together what I'd like
to think has since become an internet holiday
perennial (well, like I said, I'D like to
The Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, MANY Faces of Santa Claus!
If you've never witnessed the sheer majesty of multiple St. Nick's, I beckon thee, GO!! I guarantee that it'll make you feel almost as Christmassy as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rousing rendition of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"!...
|December 19th, 2009|
|Ho Ho Ho!!
Yup, Christmas is closing in on us fast, and to help celebrate the season, I thought I'd share with you my commissioned redo of the classic Marvel holiday cover pictured below...
|And now here's my version of the 1976 Gil Kane/Joe Sinnott original, front and back!!|
|Click either B&W image to see 'em both
More fun stuff to come, so check back soon--ho ho ho!!
|December 16th, 2009|
|Take A Chance On ME?...
First off, let's start off with a little bon mot I posted earlier today for all my Facebook friends to see..
No lie--I had a dream last night about coming across a handful of new CDs, including one made up entirely of Abba covers sung by Barbara Streisand! And no lie--I WANT that CD!!
Okay, now that you're attempting to recover from THAT, what say we look at our latest artistic offerings, hmm?...
|SPIDER-MAN and FOES!!|
|BATMAN and PLASTIC MAN!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and SPIDERWOMAN!!|
|BATMAN and The OUTSIDERS!!|
|JUSTICE SOCIETY of AMERICA!!|
|Click 'em to see 'em larger.
And go here should you feel the urge to bid on any of our current Ebay auctions!!
|December 11th, 2009|
|Irving Tripp, RIP
Like a lot of folks, I've generally assigned the lion's share of credit for the genius of the classic Little Lulu strips to John Stanley, who not only wrote them, but provided rough art layouts as well. But like a lot of folks, I think I undervalued the contribution made by Irving Tripp, who provided the finished artwork. I am and always will be a great admirer of Stanley's, but as good as his collaborators were on other strips--Dunc and Loo, Nancy and Sluggo, Thirteen--none quite achieved the level of compatibility that he had with Tripp.
Irving Tripp utilized a sure, simple, and unyielding line in his inking, and while his pencilling could never be called fluid in the manner of so many moonlighting animators who manned Dell Comics title back in the forties and fifties, his precise depiction of each and every cast member--depictions that never wavered from panel to panel, story to story, issue to issue, or even decade to decade--installed a degree of reliable comfort rarely seen elsewhere on the comics rack. Lulu's world remained visually consistent for years, and a great deal of the credit for that has to go to Mr. Tripp. Mix in the delightfully witty work of Stanley, and you have a strip that has pretty much remained my personal all-time favorite since reading my first Little Lulu comic back at age six . Somehow, characters that look almost to be mechanically cut from templates, with limbs that bend only relatively slightly, somehow these characters were nonetheless brought vividly to life by Irving Tripp's uniquely brilliant artwork.
He'll be missed, but as long as I'm around, he'll never be forgotten.
|December 9th, 2009|
(Oh, and if some of 'em look a tad bit...odd, well, sometimes you just gotta mix it up a little. y'know? At least, I do...)
|SUPERMAN. BATMAN, ROBIN!!|
|The MARVEL Bulletheads!!|
|HULK and WOLVERINE!!|
|BATMAN versus The JOKER!!|
|JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA's Conga Line!!|
|SPIDER-MAN, ANT-MAN, DD, BLACK WIDOW, and The DEFENDERS!!|
|SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, RINGMASTER!!|
|CAPTAIN AMERICA grabs The RED SKULL!!|
|They enlarge if you click your mouse on 'em!
And they're all up for grabs if you visit our current round of Ebay auctions!!
|December 1st, 2009|
|Tis the season...
...to draw some pics of ol' St. Nick!!
Ho ho hope you see something you like amongst the following illos...
|SANTA CLAUS and SUPERMAN!!|
|SANTA CLAUS and SPIDER-MAN!!|
|SANTA CLAUS and his MISTRESS!!|
|HEADS, Marvel Style!!|
|BATMAN, Friends and Foes!!|
|SUPERMAN, Friends and Foes!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and IRON MAN!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and The HULK!!|
|Get yourself a closer look simply by clicking
any and all of the above images.
And here's the link to our current Ebay auctions. Remember, a Hembeck original makes the perfect Christmas gift!! (At least, it does for ME!!...)
Back again soon, friends!!
January 2003 | February 2003 | March 2003 | April 2003 | May 2003 | June 2003
July 2003 | August 2003 | September 2003 | October 2003 | November 2003 | December 2003
January 2004 | February 2004 | March 2004 | April 2004 | May 2004 | June 2004 | July 2004 | August 2004
September 2004 | October 2004 | November 2004
December 2004 | January 2005 | February 2005 | March 2005
April 2005 | May 2005 | June 2005 | July 2005 | August 2005 | September 2005
October 2005 | November 2005 | December 2005 | January 2006
February 2006 | March 2006 | April 2006 | May 2006
June 2006 | July 2006 | August 2006 | September 2006
October 2006| November 2006 | December 2006
January 2007 | February 2007 |March 2007
| April 2007 | May 2007 |June 2007 | July 2007
August 2007 September 2007October 2007| November 2007 | December 2007
January 2008 | February 2008 | March 2008 | April 2008 | May 2008 |June 2008
| July 2008 | August 2008 | September 2008| October 2008 | November 2008 | December 2008 |
January 2009 | February 2009 | March 2009 | April 2009 | May 2009 | June 2009 | July 2009
August 2009 | September 2009 | October 2009 | November 2009 |