Archive - November 2009
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|November 23rd, 2009|
|The holiday season is upon us, and that can
mean only one thing:
And what better gift to give a loved one--or simply one's ownself--than a Hembeck original? So here, via Ebay auctions timed to end on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are ten brand new illos offered up for your consideration (AND your cash!)!...
|SPIDER-MAN vs. The SINISTER SIX!!|
|OUTSIDERS: GEO-FORCE and KATANA!!|
|The X-MEN, Seventies Version!!|
|The FLASH Races QUICKSILVER!!|
|WOLVERINE and The HULK!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and IRON MAN!!|
|The MARVEL FAMILY!!|
|Wanna see 'em larger? Graze yer mouse across
any or all of 'em.
Wanna bid on 'em? Go here.
Happy Thanksgiving, you turkeys!! (Insert smilely face here...)
|November 15th, 2009|
|Been kinda lax on the blogging lately--maybe
Why? Well, most of my time these days is taken up with either drawing or watching movies on TCM. Don't worry though--I've already got a list of pictures typed up and ready to load onto the site--all I need is to add a short comment or two regarding each cinematic offering.
All things considered, though, that may take a while, so in the meantime, why don't I show you some of those aforementioned drawings, okay?
Here we go!!
|MR.MIRACLE and ORION!!|
|STORM and NIGHTCRAWLER!!!|
|CAPTAIN MARVEL and MOONDRAGON!!|
|The HUMAN TORCH vs. DR.DOOM!!!|
|SPIDER-MAN vs. The HUMAN TORCH!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and the cast of "PETEY"!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and DAREDEVIL!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and SUPERMAN!!|
|SUPERMAN, BATMAN, ROBIN!!|
|Click any of the above illos to see 'em larger.
And follow this link if you're interested in bidding on any of these over on Ebay.
That's all for now! Gonna go watch "Putney Swope"--or maybe "Always Leave 'Em Laughing"! Or maybe one of those cheery little flicks about The Depression filmed DURING The Depression! Or maybe...
|November 7th, 2009|
Wanna see some new artwork?
I hope the answer's "yes", cuz hang on--here we go!...
|Six-armed SPIDER-MAN vs. MORBIUS, The Living Vampire!!|
|SANDMAN, times Two!!|
|DR.FATE and DR.STRANGE!!|
|CAPTAIN AMERICA and The BLACK PANTHER!!|
|CAPTAIN MARVEL and BLACK ADAM!!|
|J'ONN J'ONZZ, Manhunter From Mars, and his li'l pal, ZOOK!!|
|WONDER WOMAN and STEVE TREVOR!!|
|SPIDER-MAN and The SILVER SURFER!!|
|LEGION of SUPER-HEROES, Seventies Style!!|
|To see 'em larger, graze 'em with your mouse.
To bid on 'em, here's a link to our latest Ebay auctions.
That's all for now--chow!!
(That's not Italian--it's just time for dinner!!...)
|November 6th, 2009|
Several months back, I received an email from a fellow named Robert Goodin asking if I'd be willing to contribute some of my work to a website he was putting together made of up solely of comic book cover redos called "Covered". Well, seeing as how I had an excess of same, I figured I could spare a few for this new enterprise--though I must admit I had my doubts as the viability of the concept, long-term.
Boy, was I ever wrong!
There's been no lack of contributions and there's certainly been no lack of quality. There are covers slavishly copied, covers satirically tweaked, covers stripped down to their bare essentials, covers stylistically revamped, covers of all kinds. They may not all be to my--or your--tastes, but "Covered"s contributors offer such a wide variety of reinterpretations that it won't take you long to find something to completely dazzle you--trust me!!
And speaking of me (ahem), let me point you towards my latest "Covered" entry, MARVEL SUPER-HEROES SECRET WARS #4. This was a recent commission (yes, we're still taking on commissions--get yours now to beat the holiday rush!!), which I sent it off to Robert as I thought it presented me with some interesting challenges, and I sorta kinda liked the way it all came out. Go see if you agree. (And as for that little Superman in the UPC box? My patron's special request--he wanted the Kryptonian to show a little awe for the feat being performed by the Hulk over to his right!!)
Like I said, scan down and you'll see some tremendous work, but I'd like to take a moment to spotlight a pair of favorites, both redos of classic Neal Adams Silver Age DC Comics covers: Anthony Vukojevich's take on DC 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #6, and Buzz's version of GREEN LANTERN #76. The former is a wonderfully colorful and whimsical retake on one of the all-time great costumed character crowd covers; and the latter, well, actually BETTERS the original!!
Sacrilegious? Maybe, but as much as I absolutely LOVED that first issue featuring the teaming of Green Lantern with Green Arrow, I always felt that there was just something a little bit off with Neal's cover. I see now it was the angle in which the scene was presented. Artist Buzz rejiggered that angle just enough to make the action taking place seem more convincing (and delivered some luscious line work in the process). Don't get me wrong--there are plenty of Neal Adams' covers that NO ONE could possibly improve upon, but to my eyes, this isn't one of 'em!! Nice job, Buzz!!
And GREAT job, Mr. G!! Consider yourself, um, covered in comics glory!!
|November 3rd, 2009|
|Time for a quick wrap-up of recent events...
We had our lowest turn-out ever this past Halloween--six trick-or-treaters (one group of four, and a pair of singles). True, it WAS raining (the first time since 1993, back when I took out a three year old Julie on her maiden Halloween voyage into the night), but only for awhile--mostly it was misty. And it was unseasonably warm--near 70 degrees in the afternoon. Ah well, diminishing treat seekers seems to be a definite trend, as evidenced from the various folks who chimed in with similar stories when I posted my paltry total on my Facebook status late Saturday evening. It's not like we ever had an outrageous amount of kids stopping by, but ten years back, 40 or even 50 wouldn't have seemed out of the ordinary. Guess everyone's going to Laura Gjovaag's place!...
The next morning, after getting an extra hour of sleep (thank you, Daylight Savings Time!), Lynn and I got up bright and early and drove two hours upstate, where we attended the fourth Albany Comics convention (and our third). It's a very comfortable, pleasant show, one that's growing nicely with each bi-annual event. The fans are friendly and plentiful, and the guest list consists of an ever expanding roster of old (and new) friends, and the chance to reconnect with these too-seldom seen buddies is well worth the effort to attend alone!
|That's yours truly in the foreground, with
Joes Staton and Sinnott directly behind me,
and Todd Dezago and Mark Sinnott filling
out the line (with Todd's lady friend Sharon
and nephew Tyler cameoing in the background,
totally unaware...). Not pictured? Herb Trimpe,
Ron Marz, Paul Abrams, Bill Anderson, Ramona
Fradon, Joe St. Pierre, John Hebert, Jamal
Ingle, Matt Smith, among plenty of others!
Plus, I also got to see long-time pals Rocco Nigro, Roger Green, and Bill Curley. Topping the whole thing off was a wonderful
group dinner for nearly the whole gang listed
above, generously provided by our gracious
host, John Belskis!! Thanks, John--and we'll
see you all for the fifth Albany Con, next
One other bit of unfinished business...
You might recall my calling your attention to David Canary's fleeting appearance as the Frankenstein monster on last Friday's episode of ABC's "All My Children". Well, here's a photo of same found in the intervening time (that's Melissa Claire Egan as the monster's bride...).
|A note from long-time Fred Sez correspondent
Craig Smith came in regarding that last posting:
One thing you forgot to mention in your AMC report is this is the first time I'm aware of Disney using the Marvel characters in their other media (ABC is owned by Disney, doncha know?). It was pretty funny to see Pete Cortlandt as Mr. Fantastic (or as Colbee put it ,"Elf #4") and Scott Chandler didn't do too bad as Wolverine.
Unfortunately, there were no close-up shots of the two Marvel characters available, but they were included in this full cast portrait...
|As the theme of the party was a Monster Mash,
Petey showing up in bright blue tights was
nicely played for laughs. Wolverine was mostly
claws, sideburns, and spiky hair--no costume
for him. And as I wrote back to Craig,
Actually, it was at least the SECOND Marvel/Disney media cross-pollination!! Y'see, the previous day's "One Life To Live' (which I hasten to add that I DON'T watch, but always let the tape run a few minutes into it after AMC, so I sometimes notice their initial goings on) had a Halloween party as part of their opening segment. First three characters appeared dressed as Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman (which i thought was odd in light of the recent merger), but they were soon joined by three of the FF (no Thing)--meaning that the soap world spotlighted TWO Mr. Fantastic's in two days on ABC! Wow--whoda thot THAT would ever happen?
Well, if anything, it'll be offer up a nice change from the constant "Little Mermaid", "Beauty And The Beast"--and such--that are used (toys, videos, costumes)to conveniently get those pint-sized pests off stage so as to better let the adults emote (and over-emote)!
Y'know, Pine Valley's probably the only town in Pennsylvania where not a single one of the kids has ever heard of SpongeBob!...
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