Thursday, August 20, 2020

Star Wars Trading Card Wrapper Redux


Star Trek Trading Card Wrapper Redux

Wrapper Redux Series 2! All New!

 Yeah, I did another round of these things... to be blunt, doing reinterpretations of existing artwork has been about all I've been able to mentally handle during the pandemic. I'm a bit wiped. But, hey, they're fun! So... yeah (four new Star Wars and Star Trek wrappers are posted separately). 
Again, most of these are available in the ToughGuyGoods ETSY Store... 

Sunday, August 9, 2020


Another panel redux, from SUPERMAN #243, "The Starry-Eyed Siren of Space" originally by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson. They were better than I! 

Angel Eyes


Batwrapper '66


Trading Card Wrappers Redux

 A series of drawings of vintage (mostly Topps) trading card and sticker wrappers, a project that kind of snowballed out of control. Gee, I wonder if I'll ever go back to drawing new stuff out of my own head instead of just doing reinterpretations (and these are mostly pretty literal) of existing things in the universe? WHO KNOWS, WE'RE LIVING DURING END TIMES! 

(Note: In case we survive, the above sentence refers to the Covid-19 Pandemic, which, as of this posting, is in its fifth month with no signs of stopping. I've been doing a lot of art to keep myself busy, but don't have the mental wherewithal to be overly creative, hence dozens of Lichtensteinian work that I've been posting here. Man, that's way more info than you needed, isn't it, Internet?). 

Most of the original artwork for these pieces are available at my Etsy store, ToughGuyGoods. And other stuff, too! 

Reeves & Reeve Wrappers Redux

 So, in my latest round of "I now only redraw things instead of creating my own stuff," I just completed a series of interpretations (pretty literal ones, for the most part) of vintage trading card and sticker wrappers. Most of them are lumped together in a separate post, but I wanted to put these two on their own, as I loved how they are two different versions of the same thing, same color scheme, same basic design, but for two very different things. These (and most of the other wrapper drawings) are available at my Etsy store, ToughGuyGoods

Superman Topps

Friday, July 24, 2020

Real Cozy Like

That Midge... she really knows how to push Moose's buttons! A panel redux from an unknown Archie Comic (If anyone knows the exact source, please let me know!)

Midge Jughead

Fantastic Reflexts

Reed Richards tests Sue Storm's reflexes. Based on a Jack Kirby FANTASTIC FOUR panel. Duh. 

Fantastic Four

Not Donna

A pinup / portrait based on a photo of Playboy Magazine 1960s model, Donna Michelle. You can't really tell from the scan, but this is a black light piece (available along with other original art on the ToughGuyGoods Etsy page). 

Not Donna Michelle

What a Beautiful Gory Layout!

One of the greatest PEANUTS panels of all time, this is a recreation of a Charles Schulz Sunday PEANUTS panel from 1952. NINETEEN FIFTY-TWO! I did do a little tweaking on this one, compared to the original, I added some comic book titles that were repeats (there were a handful of KILL and MURDER Comics, to name a few). I also changed the signage at the top of the rack from "For the kiddies" to "Hey! Kiddies!" to ape the classic, "HEY!! KIDS COMICS," the punctuation of which always makes me scratch my head. 

Charlie Brown and comics

Linus and Charlie Brown panels redux

Two more PEANUTS panel recreations, Linus in the sincere pumpkin patch (background color obviously inspired by 1966's IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!), and Charlie Brown experiencing one of his frequent bouts of existential angst. These panels are so much fun to do.

Linus pumpkin patch

Charlie Brown Happiness


Another comic strip panel redux (or #POOC, as I like to call them), this one of course from Al Capp's LI'L ABNER. Geez, he sure did draw purty ladies. 

Daisy Mae and Li'l Abner

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Still More Spidey Cover Recreations!

Three more Spider-Man cover recreations! THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26 (July 1965) originally by Steve Ditko; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #82 (March 1970) by Marie Severin & John Romita (man, was this a detailed redraw!!) and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #5 (1968) by John Romita. You can't tell from the picture, but that last one is a black light recreation! Whoo! Child of the '70s! 

Amazing Spider-Man #26

Amazing Spider-Man 82

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5

Charlie Brown BOOM!

Hey, kids, I've set up an Etsy shop for my original art and stickers (and eventually prints). Go HERE to check out the Tough Guy Goods store for items like this PEANUTS panel recreation! 

Charlie Brown Boom!

Sluggo Panel Recreations

Two more Sluggo panel recreations based on classic NANCY comic strips by Ernie Bushmiller. So beautifully bizarre. 

Sluggo mask

Sluggo Tattooed Man


Panel recreation of FANTOMAH, Mystery Woman of the Jungle (sometimes referred to as comic books' first superheroine). Original artist unknown, if anyone's sure, please let me know so I can credit them.