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More March Marvel Madness. Hoverboy Friday Below! (scroll down!)

I promised myself I was going to post my “unseen Marvel” work this week, but I’ve started to realize that I have a LOT of unseen Marvel, and there’s no way to get through it all without just dumping it on the site like a fish bucket spilled onto a baby’s change table.    I still have pajamas designs, t-shirts, Christmas party invitations, video and DVD covers, Bullpen portrait cards, TV guide ads, toys and an avalanche of this mess to get through.  But digging through it all is kind of fun, so here’s more of the rock slide. I promise, I’ll stop before Monday.  Marvel Madness comes but once a year, and it’s best not to push your luck.

Up above is the rarest of all my Marvel work…though strictly speaking, I did it for the THE HERO INITIATIVE.  It’s a one-off.  Only one comic like this as the cover was drawn on the comic with pen and watercolour dyes and auctioned off (for a few thousand dollars, if I recall, which shocked me senseless!) to raise money for our cartooning brethren and sistren who need a hand.  I’ve never met the guy who dropped the couple of grand on this, but bless his generous heart.

Here’s a couple more of the X-Men video boxes.  The Magneto cover was featured in adverts that appeared on the back of national magazines, and even the back of some DC comics!  The one with Bishop and Wolverine used Marvel artist (of the New Warriors at  the time),  RICHARD PACE as a model for Bishop’s face.  It still looks like him, even though Richard has long since had his facial tattoo removed, and gotten that haircut properly attended to.

This spoof version of Amazing Fantasy #15 was done for for Wizard Magazine, covering the launch of the Spider-Man animated series, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, which was the most bizarre ripoff of Batman Beyond and lasted only one horrendous season.  According to that show, to improve on Spider-Man, you send him to counter-Earth, have him fight the High Evolutionary and the armor plated Ani-Men, and write MJ out of the series.   This art was a supposed to be for a Wizard cover alt (back when Wizard did two covers for every issue) but since I’ve never seen a printed copy, I’m not sure they ran it.  I tossed Kirby’s name in there, just as a tip of the hat.

And now, a couple of the many collector’s cards I’ve done over the years for Upper Deck.  There’s probably twenty or thirty of these all told and there’s not enough room to come near putting them all up.  But I think I might force you guys to sit through about six of ’em in total.  I like the inking on the Radioactive Man card to the left, and I like the big goofy fun of the H.E.R.B.I.E. card below.  Considering that H.E.R.B.I.E. represents the last Fantastic Four character that Lee and Kirby created together (for an animated series, rather than a comic, replacing the already licensed-to-someone-else Human Torch to make a foursome), I couldn’t help but enjoy working on his card.

I’ll leave this post with more of that mysterious X-Men comic book giveaway art that I worked on sixteen years ago, that I can’t remember where it got used but it might have been for Pizza Hut.   Dana Morsehead, (former head of the department at Marvel for which most of this stuff was done) thinks it might have been for a PITCH to land an account, rather than an account itself.  What?  Ah, all that Don Draper stuff is above my pay grade.  I was just happy to have a few months drawing up them X-People, and working with the lovely and talented Mr. Morsehead.

Keep scrolling down for the feature Hoverboy Fridays!.  We now return you to it, as regularly scheduled.

Ty the Guy


In honour of the fact that I’m doing some comics illustratin’ for Marvel at the moment (no telling you what it is yet, but it’s fun, fun, fun!), I figured I’d dig through the library all this week, to find some Marvel work I’ve done, that you guys have likely NEVER seen.  I’m not talking about comics  (Spidey-Torch, Mad Dog, Avengers, Ren & Stimpy and others) but things I’ve done for their toy department, licenses, special projects and other sundry items that fill an illustrator’s time.  All Marvel, All Week!  Collect them ALL!

Up above is the cover to a Fantastic Four DVD that collected up episodes of their cartoon from the mid-nineties, I think it only came out in Europe, as I’ve never been sent a copy, nor seen a colour version of the artwork.   Nevertheless, it was my first time drawing the famous first family (professionally, I mean…I must have drawn the Thing a zillion times as a child) and it was a little disappointing that I couldn’t draw Ben in his more familiar Kirby design…but the client wanted him “on model” for the look of the series.

Next , the first of MANY X-Men video boxes I did for the animated show that ran on FOX TV in the nineties.  I was a little ticked that they threw the title card over top of Wolverine’s arm for the first one, which mucked up the image a bit in my opinion (you’ll notice I figured out to work around it on the next two…), but I couldn’t have been happier with the colours that Paul Mounts put overtop of all three.  Somewhere in the house, I have Paul’s original colour pieces for these, done in gorgeous dyes, with a real airbrush!  Oh, the labour we artists had to put in, back in the primitive 20th Century!  Paul was nice enough to trade me all the colour art for one of the black and white pieces.  Hell of a trade on my end.

As I said, I did tons of art for the X-Men series, including designing the official jackets for the cast, with a fairly cool Wolverine patch on the back (that you can see a bit of in the corner of the video boxes, that little Wolvie is from the patch).  I may not be able to find the original art for that, but worst-case-scenario, I’ll find someone to model the jacket for ya.

Doing these covers was a lovely stretching exercise for my art brain, as I was doing them at the same time as Batman Adventures stuff in the late nineties.  Some days it took a few hours to shake the Bruce Timm out of my hands, and try to channel the more illustrative look of the Marvel house style.  At first I expected they wanted me to make the covers resemble the show designs, but they insisted I do nothing of the sort, and said “Draw it in your own style”.  Something I’m not sure I have any more.  But these are close to it, I suppose.

Tune in tomorrow for some Marvel 2099 artwork you’re not expecting, a couple of Moon Knight pages you’ve never seen, and plenty more X-Men…and then on Nepotism Thursday, my wife’s first ever coloring job for Marvel…and how it nearly ended the marriage!   And yes, it was all my fault, dear.  (She’s reading this, gotta be cool, gotta be cool…)

Ty the Guy

Doing these covers was a lovely stretching exercise for my art brain, as I was doing them at the same time

Batman Adventures McDonalds Promo Art…

now with prices.  Check ’em out.

New Pages are…

found in the index, under Batman Adventures, on the (Ms. Obvious here!) Batman Adventures McDonald’s Promo Art page. Ty asked me to post the pages, but hasn’t decided on prices just yet; I’ll post those later.


Ty’s Housekeeping

Ty was wondering, as a pack-rat of the first order, whether there was a chance he had the old art for the Zellers Batman commercials…  As of now, he hasn’t found any of those pieces, but he did find many, many other interesting pages.

So far he’s shown me:

the original pre-Stig’s strips he did in high school and art college

the original cover rough sketches for Dark Claw Adventures

an original concept sketch of Dark Claw

the sample art he sent to Playboy back before his superhero comic days

and much, much more.

I’m trying to talk him into some scanning and blogging…


Nepotism Thursday! Apples, Trees and Original Sin!

It’s my son’s 14th Birthday today, so naturally it’s time for another “NEPOTISM THURSDAY!” (which falls on a Wednesday this month,  quite common, I assure you).  But because the kid’s going to get lots of expensive gadgets and free food later, I’m going to talk instead about the cartooning work of my father, Charles “Chuck” Templeton, and how far apples fall from trees.  So THERE, beloved son!

Just a quick tease this time out, with a couple of Dad’s sports pieces, scanned from the original art that hangs on my wall and from clippings…Chuck had a  regular cartoon gig for the  Toronto Globe and Mail in the 30s (*actually, when Charles was 17.  By 21, he started his career as an evangelist.  kts),  for about four or five years in what was Dad’s early twenties.  He drew mostly sports,  and some political cartoons with both a remarkable skill for likeness, and a playful skill for comedy.

I had no real sense of my father’s illustrating and cartooning work until after he died.  And though he taught me one or two things about proportion and how to hold a pencil when I was very young, it was nothing like professional secrets or anything.  And since his work was all printed and packed away decades before I was born, I saw almost none of it, until it was entrusted to me when he passed away.

So, what that amazed me most about his work once I got to see a lot of a it at once, is that I see many similar things to my own style in there.  Similar compositional methods, similar lettering even, and the basic skills are in the same zone, though in different styles for different generations.

Considering how little he taught me about the biz, and how little of his work I saw growing up, how freaking odd that there are so many similarities.  My parents were divorced, and I was raised by my mother, so it’s not a question of nurture…  Is there a GENETIC component to an artist’s aesthetic?


More of my father’s work to come in future weeks.  I’ve got stacks of it, and much of it is very good.  PLUS, it’s a nice slice of history for the Canadian Comics Corner buffs out there…including Mr. Pincombe.  As for me, I’m off to teach my comic book bootcamp course tonight, and maybe buy my teenaged son a slice of cake, and sing.

NEXT:  How I turned down sitting on an upcoming panel with Stan Lee and Harvey Pekar next week, (I’m an idiot), and the stirrings of JOHNNY CANUCK!  Oh, so exciting!

Ty the Guy!

Here a page, there a page…

and more to come in the next few days.

As of now, I’ve put up

Miracleman, and

Powdered Toast Man Special Issue #1 pages


ALL NEW Hoverboy Friday True Believers!

And on a Friday this week.  Damn.  I was unaware of the date or I wouldn’t have been so easily lured to the keyboard with a well placed cupcake.  I blame the wife, as I gave up believing in the cupcake fairy after so many prayers went ignored.  But since I’m here at the computer anyway, it’s time to unveil yet another almost forgotten Bucket Boy treasure to the breathless world of Hoverboy fandom.  Today it’s a brand new comic cover NEVER before seen online.

These covers are from issues no. # 7 and #8 from the nine issue run of Hoverboy and the Bucket Brigade (The Bell Comics adaptation of the equally short lived Bucket Brigade saturday morning cartoon series of the same name from the mid-sixties).

Cartoonist Klaus “Buddy” Bitteschwein (who wrote and drew for both the comic and TV series) is said to have spiraled into a depression in late 1968 when cancellation of the cartoon series was announced by the Dupont Network .

“He still had the comic series to work on, but it didn’t lift his spirits,” Bud’s wife, Olga, said in a 1996 Comic Readers News interview.  “Suddenly, all the  characters  were depressed.  They didn’t get out of death-traps like they used to.  At the time he was drawing these, my Klaus wouldn’t eat, and he started having long, complex grudges with the wild animals in our yard.  Raccoons, squirrels and such.  He would accuse them of all sorts of menacing behavior.”   Of note to fans was the toll this was taking on the Bucket Brigade itself.  In the original TV episodes, there were twelve members of The Brigade, along with “Nibbles” the slightly retarded fat kid who always had a chicken leg in his hand.   but by the end of issue #7, they were all dead, save for Nibbles and Hoverboy himself.  Issue #8 focuses primarily on an extended scene of grief and anger.  The story is one of the oddest scripts of the decade, wallowing in depression was unusual for comics at the time.  (The exception being both of  “Richie Rich’s Morbid Summer Specials” in ’71 and ’72).  I’ve never seen the cover for Hoverboy and the Bucket Brigade #9 (so I can’t be sure it was actually published), but according to Olga in her interview, it featured Hoverboy, in a soiled ox field at night, holding a gun to his bucket covered temple, and staring out at the reader, screaming “Aller es ist für nichts!” in big letters.  In the background, Nibbles fought off wolves in the muddy ground.  It was a pretty funny drawing if you don’t think too much about Klaus’ own suicide weeks later.  I mean, in context, it’s disturbing, but taken as a cover on it’s own merits, I still think it was funny.

If Hoverboy was better known, and more people collected him, I’m fairly confident issue #9 would be highly prized.  But as it stands, I’ve never seen one.  So…if anyone out there has a copy of #9, I will offer up two year’s membership in the Hoverboy Museum, absolutely free,  to anyone who can send me  a scan of the cover.

Hoverboy AWAY!

Ty the Guy.

Big Max!

A couple of years ago, Ty persuaded Dan Slott to let Mr. Comics publish Big Max. It came out as Big Max #1 in 2006.

Dan had originally written it for a company that went out of business, and Big Max never saw print.  One of Dan’s favourite projects, he wanted it to see the light of day.  James Fry, the artist, had kept copies of all his artwork, and Dan got permission from James, inker Andrew Pepoy, and colorist  Twilight Graphics (not the best name to have to Google these days!) to reprint it. Although it was originally lettered by Chris Eliopoulos, I think he didn’t have copies of the original files…but Dan decided it was an opportunity to change the dialogue a little, and give it a final polish (what writer can resist that chance?  Most would continue rewriting as people are buying the books from under the author’s pens). So K.T. Smith stepped in to letter (and color a couple of pages for which the color file had gone astray).

We’re all pretty proud of the final product, but felt it never got the full audience it deserved…or perhaps the audience didn’t get the chance it deserved to read Big Max! To that end, Dan Slott  tweeted the entire issue on Christmas,   http://twitter.com/DanSlott…check it out when you have a chance.


WildC.A.T.S. Adventures

From the dark and distant past, from the bowels of Ty’s studio…comes pages from WildC.A.T.S. Adventures. Yes, children, briefly–oh so briefly– in the mid90’s Ty,  that crazy Stig’s Inferno guy, was an artist at Image Comics.

The comic was to promote the cartoon from Nelvana Studios…the cartoon lasted thirteen episodes (we knew it was in trouble when not one of our 8 year old son’s friends had seen it or had an interest in it), and the comic book lasted ten issues.  Ty lasted four-ish.  Maybe it was three. This was back in the days when he could draw superheroes…but what he really wanted to do was write and be funny.

Check out the work…I don’t think the blood, sweat and tears show up on the pages, so they should be fairly hygienic.