The penultimate issue of the second volume of Dragonring:
Published in january 1988 by Aircel, art by dale Keown. By this point, the series, which had started out as a supernatural/fantasy story had morphed into a pseudo superhero/sci-fi thing.
Sorry, running late and short on time today, so just the one “classic” post from the old Ferret Press blog (originally posted September 2010). Next week I’ll be back with a trio of pages.
“Since Craig’s schedule has been pretty busy of late, I thought I’d go ahead and post a page for this new feature that he started here on the blog. So here’s this week’s splash page, from New Mutants #19 (Sept. 1984), by Bill Sienkiewicz:
Having shed his Neal Adams influence (as showcased in the Moon Knight comics), Bill grew into his own in the pages of New Mutants. His painted covers for the book, combined with his decidedly non-Marvel house style interiors, really made this a book that transcended its X-Men spin-off origins. This is from the second chapter of the ‘Demon Bear’ saga.”
This week, I’m revisiting a title I’ve featured several times before, the high adventure series Dragonring, from Aircel publishing:
This issue came out in November of 1987, and featured some of the earliest artwork of Dale Keown, who would go on to a short-lived superstardom on Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, and his own indie series, The Pitt.
I love behind-the-scenes process glimpses, and this Onion A.V. Club article shows 3 different artists, and their process for staging a fight sequence.
My favorite is this Moon Knight page, by Declan Shalvey:
AVC: I love that last panel of the gutter bleeding into Moon Knight’s cape, an effect that you use a few times on the series. What is the reasoning for that visual choice?
DS: Well, I made the choice to try and use white as a graphic device. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to play with that device, considering one iconic thing about Moon Knight is the white of his costume. I realized that I had a rare opportunity to do something a little different and kept it in mind.
From Ruben Bolling’s Tom the Dancing Bug:
Continuing the painted cover spotlight (does airbrushing count as painting?), here’s a book I’ve featured here before, Lost Heroes:
And yes, all 3 characters are based on actors, most prominently Mark Hammill.
Art by Rob Prior, and published in 1998 by Davdez Arts.
We kick it off, as always, with a page scanned by my bud Matt Kish. This is George Perez, from Marvel Premiere #45:
Next up, the fantastic team of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #29:
And here’s the “classic” post from my old Ferret Press blog (July 2010), by original poster Craig Bogart:
Is this the climax of You Only Live Twice? No, it’s Jackson Guice during his far too brief stint on Nick Fury: Agent of Shield (issue 23, 1991). Guice channeled more than a little Steranko and added his gift for drawing babes to give us a 60’s flavored swingin’ spy thriller. A short-lived favorite of mine.
A couple of painted covers in the spotlight this week, starting with Dan Brereton’s The Nocturnals #2:
Published in 1995 by Bravura, the creator-owned imprint of Malibu. Brereton was probably the highest profile painter when it came to comics in the 90s, doing works for Eclipse, Malibu, DC, Marvel, and more. I loved this series, with its gorgeous visuals and fun occult/horror storylines.
I love this initial page, contributed by my bud, Matt Kish. It’s by Rick Griffin.
“Richard Alden “Rick” Griffin was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. As a contributor to the underground comix movement, his work appeared regularly in Zap Comix.”
This page is from the comic The Man from Utopia:
Next up, a splash page from Matt Wagner, best known for his long-running indie series, Grendel. This page, however, is from The Demon, a mini-series he did for DC Comics in 1987, reviving the character created by Jack Kirby:
And finally, in a bit of synchronicity, here’s a classic page from the old Ferret Press blog. This week, Marvel announced a new Howard the Duck series. Back in July 2010, when Craig Bogart posted the item below, it was an odd page from a Howard the Duck “mature readers” series:
As every American schoolchild knows, Howard the Duck achieved such popularity during his heyday that he drew the attention of Disney, who sued because the cigar-smoking misanthrope with the nude model girlfriend would be too easily confused with Donald Duck. The outcome: Howard had to wear pants to distinguish himself from the other fowl, who is apparently a pervert who goes pantsless in public.
When Steve Gerber returned to write Howard in a 2002 mini for Marvel’s MAX imprint, he ended the first issue on a cliffhanger by turning Howard into… a big mouse.
And now Disney owns Marvel, but many of their characters are still not required to wear pants.
Art by Phil Winslade, a more recent favorite of mine.