Thursday, February 25, 2021

"Tarzan" by Joe Kubert

In 1972, when I was hitchhiking through Europe, I came across this Tarzan comic book. I never cared for Tarzan, but this cover grabbed me. Partly because of the composition, and partly because of how Tarzan was drawn. He had more tendons and scratches than muscles. It seems very appropriate. 

That's also how for the first time I got introduced to the work of Joe Kubert.

 In 1978, I was already deeply involved with comics. Because of that, I was invited to the Lucca Comics Festival in Italy, and there I had the pleasure, among others, to meet Joe. He was kind to offer me to come and teach in his comics school in the United States. Unfortunately, at that time I had some other ideas about my future, so I politely declined. That is what he is referring to in the second part of his note from 1991.

 



 

Monday, February 22, 2021

"Le temps des livres" by Jean Giraud Moebius

 

Just recently I acquired this poster for the book festival Le temps des livres, designed by Jean Giraud Moebius in 1994.


My A.C. 2020 (4) comic was published in this weeks The Nation Magazine. More of my A.C. 2020 comics you can see here, here and here.

"Rich Kids" by Seymour Chwast

I recently acquired a poster for the movie Rich Kids, designed in 1979 by Seymour Chwast. It is the only movie poster he ever designed.

Friday, January 29, 2021

"Steve Canyon" by Milton Caniff

I recently acquired this daily comic strip of Steve Canyon, by Milton Caniff from 1963.
 
I know that some of you are going to say "But there is no Steve Canyon in this strip". Yes, but look at this beautifully drawn cloud. On top of that, the subject of this story/strip is about the ethic tension between the Turks, the Greeks and the Communist agitators. 
 
What more can we expect from Cold War comics? My cup of tea. 
 


 

Monday, January 25, 2021

"Savage Sword of Conan" by Alfredo Alcala

I recently acquired this comic page from Savage Sword of Conan #89, Page 23, by Alfredo Alcala from 1983. 

What is quite fascinating about this original is that it's drawn on very thin paper. The paper is not thicker than regular copy machine paper. The artist probably chose this paper because of its stipple texture. The paper is so thin that they needed to put the speech balloons on a separate acetate overlay otherwise the original drawing will be wrinkled.




 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

"When They Burned the White House" by Milton Glaser

Today of all days, I received in the mail with a very appropriate title: When They Burned the White House.

It was published in 1961, written by Andrew Tully and illustrated by Milton Glaser.