Archive - December 2010
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|December 31st, 2010|
|Yahoo!! It's time for the last hard sell
of the year!
This time around, we've tried something a little different--celebrity portraits! Think you can recognize my versions of a quartet of Hollywood stalwarts? Take a peek--answers below.
But first, it's time for the Spidey to get a little help with his seemingly never ending battle against The Sinister Six! (Click image to view larger...)
|SPIDER-MAN and The HUMAN TORCH versus The SINISTER SIX!!!|
|Give up? Well, we've got Boris Karloff (from
"The Black Cat"), Alfred Hitchcock,
Peter Lorre, and Clark Gable (I assume you
all know The Marvel family...).
Here's your gateway to Ebay bidding, Tinseltown fans!
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
|December 28th, 2010|
|What a glorious time of year, eh?
There's wonderful music being piped everywhere you go:
"We Three Gods of Asgard Are"
"Hark! The X-Men's Angel Sings!"
"All I Want For Christmas Is Two Mint Copies Of Amazing Spider-Man #1"
..and that perennial favorite,
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Stan Lee (under the Christmas Tree last night...)"
Have yourself a dickens of a
Stan Lee Day
--I know I will!!
|December 26th, 2010|
|I trust you all had a swell Christmas yesterday,
And I assume perhaps some of you received good old fashioned cash to commemorate the holiday, hmm?
What then to do with it?
Well, to quote the estimable Stan Lee:
BRING ON THE BAD GUYS!
|December 21st, 2010|
|In case you're a newcomer hereabouts --or
just want to get into the spirit of the season--check
out something I put together here on the
site a few years back:
The Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, Many, MANY Faces of Santa Claus!
Ho ho ho!
|December 20th, 2010|
|Today, four new cards featuring my versions
of several Silver Age comics' covers. But
first, another squaring off between Spider-Man
and The Sinister Six--only THIS time, the
bad guys have HOSTAGES! (Click the image
to see it larger.)
And here's your Ebay link, potential bidders!
|SPIDER-MAN versus The SINISTER SIX--who've got HOSTAGES!!!|
|December 19th, 2010|
|Is there a more welcome sound this time of
year than the extraordinary transformation
given that perennial holiday chestnut, "Jingle
Bells", by Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters,
and Vic Schoen's Orchestra into one of the
most perfect swing recordings of all time?
And on that seasonal note, let's ease into a few new card offerings (Ebay link here), including one that portends another, upcoming day of celebration...
|December 16th, 2010|
|Some more card scans for you today!
Color portraits, as well as some B&W pics of several folks you may've seen somewhere over the rainbow...
|Here's the Ebay link--happy bidding!
(Well, it'll make ME happy nayway...)
|December 12th, 2010|
|More mini-cover redos!
S&M, Weisinger-style--and hey, be careful; don't poke an eye out!
Ebay listings here!
|December 10th, 2010|
|Got some new card subjects here for you today,
which I hope you'll recognize. It's possible
you may not--after all, they're all from
a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
If you ARE familiar with 'em, and are at all interested in bidding on any, let the Ebay link be with you!
|December 7th, 2010|
|Today, we introduce a daring NEW type of
Hembeck sketch card--
(Well, except for the ones in the ears...)
Hope you like! Here's the ebay link if you do!!
|December 4rth, 2010|
|Before we begin today's round of show and
sell, let me direct you to a short essay
Tom Spurgeon (of The Comic Reporter) wrote
concerning the Fantaco edition of my first
collection of strips, 1980's "Hembeck:
The Best of Dateline:@#$!". As is the norm with Tom's writing, it's
well-thought out, making some keen observations
about the era in which the book was published.
Plus, it's a positive review, so who am I
to complain? Thanks, Mr. S!
(And as far as the matter of reviewing a thirty year old publication goes, hey, why not? Folks over at IMDB are still offering their critiques of "Birth Of A Nation", after all--and MY book doesn't glamorize the Ku Klux Klan one single iota!...)
Onto the art, starting with yet another Spidey/Sinister Six tableau--only THIS time around, we've mixing in The Green Goblin, with semi-startling results. Click the image for a larger look.
THEN, get ready for some more holiday cheer, Hembeck-style...
|SPIDER-MAN versus The SINISTER SIX--AND The GREEN GOBLIN!!!|
|Attention Santa-philes: that's gonna be pretty
much it for ol' St. Nick this year, so grab
'em while you can!
Here's your complimentary Ebay link!!
Ho ho ho! Be good little boys and girls and do come back, won't you?
|December 3rd, 2010|
|I'd like to take a minute to acknowledge
the recent passing of long-time comics artist
I can't honestly claim he was ever one of my favorite cartoonists, but he was there, front and center, when this particular mania of mine began. Y'see, there were more than a few comics boasting his artwork included in the hefty cardboard box my dad brought home to six year old me (after a co-worker's kid had outgrown them--can you imagine?...) that wound up hooking me for life: TIMMY THE TIMID GHOST, LI'L GENIUS, and MY LITTLE MARGIE, among plenty of other Charlton titles.
Last year, I was commissioned to redo a pair of his MY LITTLE MARGIE covers. In doing so, I gained a far greater appreciation for his effortlessly concise style. I never met the man, but I have a couple of good friends who knew him quite well, and they've always spoken very highly of him as an individual. Jon D'agostino was still actively working in the field right up until the end.
I salute you, sir, and sincerely thank you for whatever part your amiably amusing artwork played in pointing me towards whatever exactly it is I am today!
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