This commission is outside of my normal purview, but it was also a very personal piece. My aunt (mother's sister) and uncle built this beautiful house in 1979 in the woods and spent the next forty years making it a warm and inviting home for their own family and many, many visitors. In January of 2020, they moved out of the house into a smaller retirement community (which they have already made their own, because that's what they do). For my uncle's birthday, my aunt asked me to collaborate with her on a comic strip style ode to the house they (and I) loved so much. To call this a labor of love is putting it mildly.
Monday, August 2, 2021
More of these! At this rate, I'll eventually have redone every Silver and Bronze Age AMAZING SPIDER-MAN cover by the end of this decade! Sooner, even! Here's my covers (so to speak) of ASM #13 (after Steve Ditko), #39, and #112 (both by John Romita).
Monday, June 14, 2021
Some months back, I decided I was done doing Lichtensteinian redrawings of other people's artwork because as much as I enjoy doing it, it wasn't the most creative work. WELL, SCRATCH THAT, HUMANS, HERE'S 13 MORE OF THESE. As with the other Wrapper Redux (or "Wredux," depending on how alliterative I'm feeling at the moment), are available for sale (original art) at the Tough Guy Goods Etsy shoppe.
|Topps Baseball 1972 Series|
|Topps Batman 1966 (one of many wrappers for this series)|
|Fleer Official Drag Champs 1972|
|Topps Frankenstein Stickers 1966|
|Topps Kung-Fu 1973|
|Topps Monster Initial Stickers 1973|
|Leaf The Munsters 1964|
|Topps Return of the Jedi, 1983|
|Topps The Six Million Dollar Man, 1974|
|Topps Supergirl, 1984|
|Philadelphia Chewing Gum Co. Super Hero Stickers, 1967|
|Topps Superman III, 1983|
|Topps Tarzan 3D Picture Cards, 1953|
Monday, June 7, 2021
For the five or six of you who periodically visit this page (I mean, seriously, what's more ludicrous than hosting a blog in 2021?), you'll note that I've migrated the bulk of my design stuff over to Tough Guy II, dedicating this page to my illustration and comics. But I did a handful of fun T-Shirt / Sticker designs during lockdown that I thought I'd put here in one post. If you wanna see more and get ordering information on any of these, please click over to TGII (the link is right there on the right, but I'll go ahead and embed it here anyway).
Friday, May 21, 2021
Three more Spidey recreations, the covers to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #s 97 (note the lack of Comics Code stamp) and 113 (both originally by John Romita) and the 1970 Marvelmania Spider-Man poster (also by Romita, based on a piece by Jack Kirby).
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
As someone who loves both Peanuts and old Archie Comics (up through the late '70s), I wanted to pay tribute to both with this mashup, based on the cover of PEP #287 (March, 1974) originally by Dan DeCarlo. It's semi-successful, I think. I mean, let's face it... Reggie and Shermy are one and the same.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Yup, I got more Spidey cover commissions! It's only a matter of time until I have the Ditko / Romita eras covered (so to speak)! Here's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23 (originally by Steve Ditko) and #114 (by John Romita).
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Anyway, I've been wanting to tackle a redo of this cover for a long time, and I ended up doing two different versions, one entirely hand-drawn, using a mish-mash of generational trade dress and swapping the Superman logo for its sister title, ACTION COMICS. After I finished drawing it, I had second thoughts about replacing the original logo, so I did a second version with Illustrator / Photoshop elements for color and cover elements. So... here they both are. Lemme know which one you prefer in the comments.
Is it technically a #POOC if it's a Splash Page? Would #SPOOC be more apt? Probably not. Well, whatever it's called, here's an interpretation of the Mike Sekowsky / George Klein splash from the Black Widow (no, not that one) tale, "Murder, Unlimited" from Timely's USA COMICS #5 in 1942.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Another round of Panels Out of Context / Comic book panel recreations: The Spectre (after Bernard Baily, whose name I misspelled in the signature, oops), Sabrina (after Al Hartley), and Johnny Thunder's Magic Thunderbolt giving the Justice Society of America the big pink boot (after Mike Sekowsky)! All of these are pretty faithful to the source material, honest!
Saturday, March 6, 2021
PLUG TIME: New in the Etsy shop: A set of five 8.5 x 11" digital prints of all five Cereal Monster drawings. You can order them with or without the text (just message me when you order). Plus new stuff all the time. I'm working on a bunch of new pieces RIGHT NOW! Well, not right now, right now I'm posting this, but you know.
Friday, February 26, 2021
As a giant fan of Frank Sinatra, it was a thrill to be asked to design the cover to AJ Lambert's LONELY SONGS, a limited edition vinyl EP of four songs from her grandfather's classic album, SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY. For the full story and more artwork, see the corresponding post on Tough Guy II. And go order the EP here!