ARCHIVE PAGE 25 - May 2007
Previous posts that appeared on the front page of comic book brain.com
Gotham City Line
Rick Geary - The Murder of Abraham Lincoln
Page from Rick Geary's book The Murder of Abraham Lincoln, Comics lit 2005. See entire page.
Old Batman and the cost of gas for the Batmobile
Catwoman - from the 1966 Feature Film
More Lee Meriwether
More Batman 1966
KIRBY'S KAMANDI (SOME PAGES)
[Below] Cover and a page from a 1973 Kamandi (#4)
[Below] The spread from Kirby's "Superman" issue of Kamandi #29
Alex Ross 1999
More Alex Ross
The Ford 1964 concept car "Runabout"
Reminescent of the Jetsons TV-cartoon show
Black Widow & The Marvel Girls #1
Salva Espin Cover art
A 1969 Buick Century Cruiser concept car
IN THE STUDIO
By Todd Hignite
Yale University Press,
If you are only vaguely familiar with the bulk of the cartoonists profiled herein, this volume is still a fascinating look at a host of contemporary cartoonists. Numerous example pages abound, and there is a plethora of rough sketches and "historically significant" past bits of work. The printing is nice and clean, the book itself a quality hardback book from Yale University Press (Printed in China!)
Though the work of the featured cartoonists makes up most of the imagery, there is also a large number of "influences" printed here (Herriman, McCay, the usual subjects); but what is also added are pictures of novelty toys, objects of particular affection to the cartoonist under discussion. The book seems slightly like a scrapbook, and the photos of knickknacks starts to give off a feeling that there is something just too precious about the secluded world of a lonely cartoonist hidden away in a bedroom studio.
Nonetheless, a real effort at giving current cartoonist "celebrities" a treatment not unlike the "studio" books that are published recognizing contemporary fine artists.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
[Above] Kirby's comic about "the Last Boy on Earth" seems heavily derived from the Planet of the Apes movie, but according to the Kirby bio book Tales to Astonish and also the Kamandi Wikipedia article (here) Kirby's ideas for Kamandi date back to at least 1957 (the Statue of Liberty motif, which directly recalls the first Apes movie, was apparently pushed on Kirby by then DC Comics publisher Carmine Infantino).
Named for the bunker called "Command D" where Kamandi lived with his grandfather (who may have been Kirby's other creation, OMAC, aka the One Man Army) he set out to discover if any intelligent human life was left on a planet over run with talking, scheming and warring animals. The original series lasted 59 issues.
The datajunkie blog site has been running a Kirby Cover collection (doesn't include Kamandi) here.
[Below] I read this story when it originally appeared. Kirby's referencing Superman (without him ever showing up in the tale) and building a gorilla cult based upon Superman's suit, which they handle like a deity's relic, was an idea well and away from the usual comic topic. Thoughtful, but with Kirby's dynamic, careening storytelling style. (See a spread from the issue here)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007[Info has moved] The foyer of the Strand Palace Hotel in London, deco design of 1930 by Oliver Bernard.
Marilyn Monroe Colors
Art by Jason Fabok
Original Page May 17, 2007| Updated Jan 2016