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Flash Gordon Starring Buster Crabbe

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September 27, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

Before episodic TV, people used to go movie theatres once a week to watch serials. Buster Crabbe, a champion Olympic swimmer, turned his fame into an acting career and when the comic strip Flash Gordon was adapted into a serial, he played the title character. He repeated that a couple of times for other stories.

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Omniverse No. 3 Cover by Hannigan & Beatty

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September 19, 2023|In Comics, Marvel, Miscellaneous

Created by Mark Gruenwald and Dean Mullaney, Omniverse was a fanzine that lasted two issues. Gruenwald would go on to be a writer and editor at Marvel Comics, while Mullaney would found Eclipse Comics with Cat Yronwode.

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Space: 1999 by David & Dan Day

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September 6, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

David and Dan Day are Canadian artists with a number of comic book credits between them, plus they've continued to work as artists outside of comics. They're the younger brothers of the late Gene Day, who made a solid start in the business, particularly with Marvel Comics, before he passed away at a young age.

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Chamber of Chills No. 19 Cover by Lee Elias

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September 5, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

We've got a special post this time out. Not only do we have the best horror comic book cover of all time – Chamber of Chills No. 19 by Lee Elias, September 1953, Harvey Comics – we have two pages of development materials by Harvey's art editor Warren Kremer. Kremer should be remembered more today for the significance of his contributions, so it's nice to be able to shine a small spotlight on him.

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Assignment: Earth No. 1 Cover by John Byrne

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August 11, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

We return to one of my favourite topics, Gene Roddenberry's other ideas for TV series. The first one was Assignment: Earth, a back-door pilot that aired as the last episode of the second season of Star Trek in 1968.

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Dalgoda by Jan Strnad & Dennis Fujitake

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July 24, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Sci Fi

Dalgoda by Strnad & Fujitake occupies the same place in my memory and experiences as Don Simpson's Border Worlds. Both were wonderfully unique works of science fiction material from the mid 80s. Strnad had worked with Richard Corben, and one of Fujitake's influences was Jean 'Mœbius' Giraud, and so the connection to Heavy Metal during it's best years was strong.

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Phoenix No. 2 Unpublished Cover by Sal Amendola

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March 5, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Atlas/Seaboard was a short-lived comic company owned by Martin Goodman after he left Marvel. Producing a couple dozen titles, none lasted beyond four issues.

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Witches Tales No. 10 Cover by Lee Elias

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January 21, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

It was pretty ballsy of Lee Elias in 1952 to draw the devil figure with androgynous characteristics on this fantastic cover for Witches Tales No. 10 for Harvey Comics. Perhaps that's why it was covered up by a text block once it was published.

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Black Cat Mystery No. 49 Cover by Lee Elias

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January 16, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

When I look back at the few examples I've seen of what was considered extreme in comics by men like Dr. Fredric Wertham and Senator Estes Kefauver, I'm most often saddened by the energy and vitality I saw in that work versus what came later after the Comics Code Authority was established.

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Reading Digital Comics with YACReader

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September 4, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Over the past 20 years digital comics reading has grown through services like Comixology, DC Universe Infinite and Marvel Unlimited. And it's gained significant acceptance through iPads and other tablets.

At the grass-roots level, collectors have shared scans* of comic books for just as long. The benefit of many users sharing their public domain or scarce vintage books is that we can all fill in a collection that would take many lifetimes to find, let alone afford.

If you're just an occasional digital reader, looking at a folder of scans in any image viewer is likely to provide you a perfectly adequate reading experience. Similarly, some digital publishers save their books as PDFs, and PDF viewers abound on each platform.
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Terry and the Pirates Cover by Jim Keefe

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May 8, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous

While the comic strip Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff is fading from the memory of the general population, it remains an epitome of the American adventure comic strip and a showcase for Caniff's skills as a storyteller.

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The Phantom No. 29 Cover by Jim Keefe

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May 7, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Created by Lee Falk in 1936, The Phantom comic strip has endured to this day, outliving other adventure strips long gone. It has also travelled well around the world, supporting comic book sales in the Nordic countries and Australia.

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Jungle Jim - January 7, 1934 by Moore & Raymond

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April 14, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous

We all know who Flash Gordon is, or at least a good chunk of the general population does. Created at the same time, Jungle Jim by writer Don Moore and artist Alex Raymond ran as a page topper – a strip that ran above another on the same page – for Flash Gordon. Both strips premiered on January 7, 1934.

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The Werewolf by Heath & Adams

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April 12, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Dynamite was this great magazine for the kids from Scholastic begun in the 1970s. Created by Jenette Kahn – later president and publisher of DC Comics – it featured articles about TV, movies and other media that kids liked long before the internet took that role over.

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Star Trek for The Monster Times No. 2 Cover by Gray Morrow

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April 10, 2022|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

Gray Morrow was one of those classy-as-fuck illustrators moving seamlessly from commercial illustration to comics and graphic novels. I first saw his work in Heavy Metal in the late 70s/early 80s doing Orion and an excerpt from The Illustrated Roger Zelazny before I saw him in regular comics. Later I enjoyed his long run on the Tarzan Sunday comic strip.

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Dynamo No. 3 Cover by Wally Wood

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June 25, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Tower Comics was a short-lived American comic book publisher that was an imprint of Tower Books. Wally Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents was the forefront super-hero property.

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BEM No. 28 Cover by Brian Bolland

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June 19, 2021|In Comics, DC, Miscellaneous

BEM – or Bemusing Magazine was a British comics fanzine of the 1970s and 80s, and I've had a scan of this cover in my files for a bit, meaning to do a new colour version.

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Hot Box by Jack Kirby

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June 18, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Foxhole was a Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Studio-produced comic from 1954 published originally under the Mainline imprint, with stories told from the soldiers' perspective.

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Rex Morgan MD by Bradley and Edgington

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June 5, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Rex Morgan MD is a long-running story strip that is still published today, and is currently written and drawn by Terry Beatty, co-creator of Ms. Tree, Wild Dog and other comic book creations.

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Night Fighter and Sky Giant by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

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January 23, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Captain America for Timely Comics (later to become Atlas and finally Marvel Comics), and in the post-war period continued to create comics for their own publishing ventures as well as other publishers.

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Flash Gordon by Jim Keefe

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January 2, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

From 1996 to 2003, Jim Keefe was the writer/artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip, the last in a long line of great cartoonists on one of King Features' most prestigious strips. It's a testament to his work that it remains in circulation on flashgordon.com for today's audience.

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The Mechanoid Associates by Paul Gillon

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January 1, 2021|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Sci Fi

The world was different in the early 80s. No internet meant limited paths to new information. And for me as a teenager living in a small Canadian town, we were even more isolated from the dynamism of large cities. So when I discovered that Heavy Metal magazine existed on the newsstand, it was my first exposure to European comics and their creators, as well as some of the most progressive North Americans: Jean 'Mœbius' Giraud, Enki Bilal, Caza, Philippe Druillet, Richard Corben, Howard Chaykin and many more.

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The Case for New Comic Book Colouring Directions

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September 5, 2020|In Comics, Miscellaneous

This comes up every time we talk about reprints and collected editions:

Should original colour separations be used, or should the colour be updated to take advantage of improved production and reproduction methods?

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Chronicle Chamber's Phundraiser for the Australian Bushfire Appeal Comic

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February 8, 2020|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Created by Lee Falk in 1936, and joined by a succession of artists beginning with Ray Moore, The Phantom comic strip continues to this day. The character has enjoyed a large international following, and new comic books are published in Sweden by Egmont and in Australia by Frew.

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The Last Action Hero No. 1 Cover by Jerome K Moore

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February 6, 2020|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV

1993 brought the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy The Last Action Hero to the summer viewing season. Plans were made to have the movie adapted into comic book form at Topps, and Jerome K Moore was attached as the artist.

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Starslayer No. 1 by Mike Grell

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September 16, 2019|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Mike Grell spent the 1970s at DC Comics drawing Aquaman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Legion of Super-Heroes and his own creation, The Warlord. As the 80s opened, he entered the growing direct market with another creation: Starslayer. Published by Pacific Comics, Grell wrote, drew – and likely lettered – the first issue. Original colour was by Steve Oliff, one of North America's best of his era.

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Wizard No. 10 Cover by Rob Liefeld

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September 15, 2019|In Comics, Marvel, Miscellaneous

Rob Liefeld had started at DC, then moved on to Marvel where he co-created characters like Cable and became one of their most-popular artists. In '92, he and other artists left Marvel to form Image Comics, and Liefeld's book was Youngblood.

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Justice Machine No. 1 Cover by Byrne & Gustovich

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December 26, 2018|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Looking through my files, I never got around to posting this colouring piece for whatever reason, originally done the better part of five years ago. Seeing Mike Gustovich on facebook twigged my memory, and so here it is now updated and polished.

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Nexus by Baron & Rude

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December 24, 2018|In Comics, Miscellaneous

I've been following Nexus since the beginning, so when Steve Rude put out the call for a colourist a few years back, I threw my hat in the ring by colouring the provided sample page.

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Fantasy Art by Rubén Meriggi

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November 22, 2018|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Rubén Meriggi is an Argentinian comic book artist that I came across through mutual acquaintances on facebook. I like his bold and disciplined linework.

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2000 AD Prog 17 Cover by Brian Bolland

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August 12, 2018|In Comics, Miscellaneous

2000 AD is a powerhouse of British comics in stories, characters and the talent it showcases in its pages. Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Halo Jones are just some of its output that reached across the Atlantic and had a tremendous influence.

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Giant-Size Blog Headers

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July 20, 2017|In Comics, DC, Marvel, Miscellaneous

Online friend Richard Guion (aka Cousin Dick) was kind enough to give this site a couple of plugs on his blogs Giant-Size Marvel and Giant-Size Geek, and I returned the favour by making new blog headers.

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Magnus Robot Fighter by Bob Layton

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March 16, 2014|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Bob Layton is doing some wonderful variant covers for Dynamite Comics' new Magnus Robot Fighter series.

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Jacky's Diary

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February 23, 2014|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Jacky's Diary is a fondly-remembered strip by Jack Mendelsohn. And it's been given the package treatment by Yoe Books. Cover colour by me.

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The Comics Code Authority

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January 4, 2014|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Back in the mid part of the 20th century, the United States lost its collective mind. They had won the Second World War and were nervous about being leaders of the world. Fear set in. Fear of all threats, internal and external.

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Nelvana of the North : Then and Now

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September 17, 2013|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Recently, I was asked to quote on restoring Nelvana of the North, an important Canadian-made comic from the Second World War era. While the people in charge chose to go down a different path, here's how I would have done it.

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Ms. Tree by Collins & Beatty

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April 15, 2013|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Ms. Tree is the longest-running private eye series in American comics. Created by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty, the character first appeared in 1981. Here's a house ad for the book from Renegade Press, 1986, with freshly-applied colour.

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The 1946 Chevrolet Suburban Calgary Police Paddy Wagon

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January 1, 2013|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Back in the summer of 1988 or 1989, there was a music festival on Prince's Island Park in Calgary. The police had brought out their vintage paddy wagon and in those pre-internet days, I had never seen anything like it before. I took a number of photos of it.

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Colouring Bernie Wrightson Monsters

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September 17, 2012|In Comics, Miscellaneous

The late Bernie Wrightson is one of those ink artists that just dazzles with his work. From composition to lighting to his glee in creating scenes of horror, they're images that reward the viewer as you follow every line.

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Atomic Robo : In the Lab

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October 17, 2010|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Atomic Robo is a great comic series published by Red 5 Comics out of Calgary. They have a few graphic novels out now. All are witty and fun, and deeper than they appear on the surface.

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Craftint and Duoshade Tones in Photoshop

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February 11, 2007|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Craftint doubletone paper (DuoShade is another brand) is one of those things an ink illustrator had in their toolbox before the advent of the digital toolset or even rubdown tone systems like Zip-a-Tone. It wasn't cheap and it gradually fell out of use.

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