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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...)
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, yes?

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:

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? Nope.

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...
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 Jon D'agostino.

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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