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Yup! Time to fill up a post with pages from my sketchbook.


90's Wonderman!

On one of the other social media's, I got a comment when I posted the silver age picture of Wonderman asking for a "Liefeld" version. If you are unfamiliar, Rob Liefeld was quite the name in comics back in the 90's. He has a very distinctive style that became all the rage and had many imitators. My memory may be a bit fuzzy on the subject, but Liefeld himself may have been influenced by the Jim Lee style. The thing is, Rob's anatomy was pretty distinctive as well. He's called out a lot for over exaggerating the form so much that it gets ridiculous. To be fair, it may have been partially due to the amount of work he was putting out as I have also seen examples of his work that looks fine. So now that we are all caught up to speed, I decided to indulge the comment. My family and I are selling our home and the packing and "staging" of the house is happening as of this writing and is taking quite a bit of our time. So as we sat down last night to relax …

Silver Age Wonderman!

I couldn't stop myself!! After finishing my attempt at updating the public domain hero known as The Wonderman, I started to think what he would have looked like in the silver age of comics. So I drew this:

The Wonderman!

So I recently discovered public domain superheroes. I've been having a blast reading about these forgotten heroes and why some of them went away. There are FB groups that have participants share their versions of these characters. I was particularly taken with The Wonderman. Appearing shortly after Superman he was the first character sued by DC and he never appeared again! Plus he was written and drawn by Will Eisner!! So, here is my attempt at an update to The Wonderman. 

Here is the cover to his only appearance and you can see what he looked like. Oddly enough, he doesn't sport a mask on the cover and it didn't appear in the book until halfway thru with no explanation. The girl in the story also has a name change halfway thru!!

Alex Saviuk!

As you know, when I was a kid I was enamored with comic book super-heroes. Maybe it's just a part of being young but I always held the "kid" heroes in a special place in my heart. Naturally Spider-Man and the Teen Titans fit into this category but there were lesser known ones that I gravitated to as well like Nova and a certain back up feature in Action Comics called Air Wave. This kid was the nephew of Green Lantern Hal Jordan and inherited his costume from his father. I thought he was pretty cool. Years later I meet longtime comic artist, most notable for his thirty plus continuous years drawing Spider-Man, Alex Saviuk at a convention. I introduce myself and mention that we had a common friend. My old buddy Mike Sanborn and Alex briefly worked together at a studio in Orlando. I have seen Alex at several shows since and had the pleasure of sitting next to him at one and got to know him much better. A few months back, I picked up an old issue of Action Comics out of a fi…

Superman Celebration Part 2!

While there were many highlights from the event I would like to point out two very special ones. First is giving a big thanks to Jim Bowers of for not only his friendship and help but for also going out of his way to have a piece of art I did get signed by so many celebrities from Superman: The Movie! This piece was done by request for a show in Kansas and it includes so many signatures including the late Margot Kidder. I can't thank you enough Jim.

Also at the event and seated right across from me was the great Alex Saviuk! Alex has been drawing Spider-Man for over 30 years which includes an epic run on Web of Spider-Man as well as working on the daily strip to this day! I have been a fan of his work longer than I even realized. I recently re-purchased an issue of Action Comics that I had as a kid and remembered loving the back up feature of a young character called Air Wave. Turns out it was Alex drawing it! I got to ask him about it and he then surprised me on t…

Superman Celebration!

This year I got to not only visit, not only show my work but be a part of the annual Superman Celebration held in Metropolis Illinois. This was the 40th anniversary of the event and it just so happened to be the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie as well as the 80th anniversary of Superman himself! What a great time to finally make it to the event. I just got home last night and my head is still spinning from the experience. My only regret is that I didn't sneak out from my table enough to enjoy even more of the festivities.

I was asked to not only be an artist at the show but to design the official art for the event as well. It was printed on the program, t-shirts, pins and used in advertising as well. It came together rather quickly but I was asked to make a change to the design from Warner Bros. and change the from image of Superman to an "official" piece of clip art to "keep in the current image of Superman". Meaning, no red shorts. I was a bit bummed …

Con Art!

I have had several discussions between myself and peers about why I don't draw at conventions so I thought I would expand here as it's slightly complicated. I shy from commissions during the convention because the expectation is that the customer will get something resembling my painted prints and that is simply not doable in the time allotted for a commission. My portraits take up to four hours to do. But I do draw at conventions. Usually in my sketchbook and I have been known to do a quick sketch in a book or such for people but honestly I'm not even asked very often. I'd be inclined to honor a request if it was a Superman drawing but not a Henry Cavil portrait. Make sense? Anyway, here is a sketch I did at C2E2 with sharpie on an old comic backing board. Has to be an old one, the new ones are too slick. I then digitally retro colored it. Enjoy.