As promised, we look at some very unseen Marvel art from the same period. The image above is from a very fun project I did with my pal SAM AGRO in the 90s. The comic was “THE PUMMELER“, a parody of one of Marvel’s more popular characters, for a company called PARODY PRESS (best known for Adolescent Hamsters…) but Sam had a ball writing up a tremendous trio of very funny “Mad” style stories. Worth finding in the back issues, if you can. The cover to the left was by Sam Keith, who pitched in to help Agro get an audience. If you follow the Pummeler link above, you’ll see the interior pages! Sam is a well known storyboard artist who has helped the world be sickened and thrilled by the HUGELY successful SAW series of movies — been part of an academy award winning art team for FLY AWAY HOME–and he boarded tons of episodes of EWOKS and DROIDS in his day. All that PLUS a loverly run writing great scripts for DC’s Looney Tunes comic book for years. Is the name LEGEND appropriate? Considering he’s one of the instructors at the highly esteemed TORONTO CARTOONIST WORKSHOP that I instruct at, I’ll have to say “yes”, LEGEND is the word.) Man, can I plug the pals and co-workers, or WHAT?!?
Watch this segue. We’re staying with the silly images of the Punisher theme, and moving over to another living legend, Dana Moreshead. Who is clearly not the name on the card above. How confused am I?
There, that’s Dana. And his odd looking pet, the name escapes me, and I don’t want to say Skipper when it was Sparky, or Spanky or Elliot Spitzer, but it was something like that. I drew that portrait of Dana at least a decade ago, but I’m sure at least ONE of those furry creatures is still cute. Dana was the Marvel guy who gave me all these wonderfully odd gigs that I’ve been posting for the last two weeks, and he deserves his humble thank you on this blog for the fun, fun art jobs he tossed me atop of. And hopefully the smile or two he’s bringing the eleven readers of this post as I dig through the original art pile over in the corner and scan baby scan.
So what was that Punisher toy with the human head on it? And who’s this poor soul with the dragon crapping on his hair? These were a series of cards that were created for the Marvel staff one summer for convention season. That way, when they met people, they had a card with some ‘zaz and zing and pep! And their image on it, so names and faces could match up for business deals, etc. A good idea, actually. The gag was to make everyone into their own version of a Marvel Hero. I did at least four of them (that I’ve found so far). The funny thing, most of these staffers are NOT a Marvel Character, but a toy version of one, or standing near one. I’m not sure that conveyed the joke.
I still have tons more fun stuff from the Dana era of Special Projects. He is still one of my favorite people, even if he no longer gets me work.
Another installment of the AOL Flood Safety messages from 2006. Sketch and final art. The only time I ever drew Supergirl for the animated universe, unless you count the toy designs. Aquaman I’ve drawn lots and lots, he’s featured in the Brave and Bold issue I drew in 2009, but has yet to come out.
Hoverboy.com is back up and running! Marcus Moore, fellow curator, and webmaster of the site, was found, alive and well, after months lost in the barrens with his experimental jet co-pilot, Jarred. As of this posting, the fate of his experimental jet c0-pilot, Jarred, has not been revealed, though it can be noted that that Moore seems to have put on weight during his ordeal. “Plenty of possum in those woods.” is the only response a visibly shaken Moore has given to reporters when asked about his friend, experimental jet co-pilot, Jarred. We wish he and his family good luck in the future, and keep on looking for that poor kid.
The good news is that Hoverboy.com is once again operational, with a NEW installment of the weekly comic strip reprints. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for the poor lad to hover away from those clouds, these last few months. Hovermaniacs the world around, breathe out a sigh of relief. Go check out the installments we’ve found so far, for this excellent example of heroism and manhood of the golden age!
And now for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. (yeah, like you’re still reading after so long and drawn out a post today…). Starting NEXT weekend, and every weekend after that, I’ll be posting Ty Templeton Funnies! Never before seen material, created to be seen in web form. Wait…does that make this blog a…
WEBCOMIC?!?!? Tune in NEXT WEEKEND and see….