Monday, August 27, 2012

Fawcett War Covers

I've always loved the World War II era propaganda covers, where our favorite heroes team up with each other and our fighting forces to smash the Axis. Most of the ones I was familiar with were the DC and Timely covers but Fawcett put out some fantastic war related covers during the Golden Age, mostly featuring the Big Red Cheese himself, Captain Marvel. Here are some of my favorites, courtesy of the Grand Comics Database. I believe most of the cover art is either by Mac Raboy or C.C. Beck.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A (Marvel) Super Special Movie

I was very excited to hear that one of my favorite movies of all time was going to be released on Blu-ray fully restored on September 18. Raiders Of The Lost Ark is the perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy, and thrills that continues to impress me and many, many others like me, even 30+ years after its release. As a comic book fan, I was excited to pick up the adaptation in Marvel Super Special #18. I got even more excited when I found out that one of my favorite artists, Big John Buscema, was penciling the book. While it's certainly not his best work, I think Buscema captured the flavor of the movie pretty well. I especially enjoyed the individual panels that graced the back cover of the book.
If you're a Marvel fan and a fan of great movies, you probably already own this. If not, it's fairly easy to find and cheap. If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones (or Marvel Comics).

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Joe Kubert R.I.P.

I was devastated today to learn of the passing of one of the greatest practitioners of comic art. Joe Kubert was an influence on many, many artists and storytellers and was a master craftsman who excelled at pretty much everything he did throughout his 70+ year career. He was always one of my favorite artists and these gems are just a few of the reasons why. Covers from the Grand Comics Database.
I never got to meet him personally but a buddy of mine got the pleasure and had Joe sign the title page of one of the Sgt. Rock archive volumes for me.
I also wrote to him one time to tell him how much I admired his Fax From Sarajevo graphic novel. He signed my book and wrote me a little note which I cherish.
My greatest Kubert related item is this gorgeous Hawkman sketch he did for me when I bought his How To Draw From Life book. It's one of my favorite sketches.
There were no other artists like Joe Kubert. He was a great ambassador for the comic art medium and will be missed by many, many comic fans, including this one. R.I.P. Joe.