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Stephen Franck’s Silver Coming to Free Comic Book Day!

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Horror

May 5, 2018 is Free Comic Book Day.  Dark Planet is making Stephen Franck’s Silver #1 available.  Franck summarizes Silver as…

… an original universe built around Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, and it begins 40 years after the events of the novel, into the noir/pulp era of the 1930s. You meet James Finnigan, who is the most notorious conman/gentleman-thief of his day, as he teams up with Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing (granddaughter of the original Van Helsing, and altogether the last of the Van Helsings), to steal a mystical treasure hidden in Dracula’s castle. Finn, of course, brings his known associates—a fun assortment of conmen and grifters of all kinds—as well as the kind of amoral attitude that puts him immediately at odds with Sledge. Lastly, the team enlists Tao Leu (or more accurately, he enlists himself), who is a 10-year-old boy with the gift of second sight and who might be the biggest scoundrel of them all.

If this sounds like something you’d like or you’d like to see more click over to Free Comic Book Day’s Interview with Stephen Franc or to see a bigger preview of Silver.


Posted in Authors, Books, Comics, and Crime

CROSSROAD BLUES: A NICK TRAVERS GRAPHIC NOVEL by Ace Atkins and Marco Finnegan is set to drop May 1st and I can’t wait.

After a New Orleans college professor goes missing while searching for the rumored lost recordings of bluesman Robert Johnson—who, as legend has it, sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads—Nick Travers is sent to find him. Clues point to everyone from an eccentric albino named Cracker to a hitman who believes he is the second coming of Elvis Presley.

I first discovered Atkins writing when he was tapped to continue the Robert B. Parker Spenser novels.  I was so impressed I searched out more of Atkins work and this led me to his other novels as well as the first Nick Travers graphic novel, Last Fair Deal Gone Down.  Needless to say, I was hooked.

Source: Comicosity.

Steranko Vintage Pencil Art!

Posted in Art, and Comics

If you’re a fan of fanzines, then you’ve got to check out Ken Meyer, Jr.’s monthly column Ink Stains.  Each month Ken (who is an amazing artist) posts… well, let’s let Ken explain…

I have a collection of over 200 fanzines from the 60’s-80’s that I plan to scan and talk about, one at a time. I hope to have some of the participants answer a few questions. Many of those participants are established comics professionals now, while some have gone on to other things. I will show a few snippets from each zine and give you a link to download a pdf of the whole thing, which I hope all of you will do!

These two Steranko pieces appeared with other art by Steranko, Frank Frazetta, Berni Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Steve Hickman, Kenneth Smith and others in Spa Fon 5 (Ink Stains #100).

As always, thanks to Ken for bringing back great memories of fandom!


Rocky by Chris Visions

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, and Movies

Chris Visions created this beauty for me last year for pick-up at HeroesCon.  I’d been a Chris Visions fan for some time and the opportunity to get a commission from him was one I’d couldn’t pass up.

Check out Chris’ site when you have some time to spare.  You’ll be amazed at his talent!

Oh, and if you’d like to get a print of my Rocky commission, you can.  Chris is offering giclée prints on 11×14 inch 100% cotton paper using Lucia inks for the highest quality. Free shipping in the US.  100% of the proceeds will go to help Chris during his recovery after his eye surgery.

Rocky was my first Chris Visions commission.  I hope it won’t be my last.

New Mike Hammer Series Coming From Hard Case Crime and Titan Comics

Posted in Art, Books, Celebs, Comics, and Crime

That’s just one of the first issue covers to Hard Case Crime / Titan Comics new Mike Hammer comic series.  Based on an unproduced Mike Hammer screenplay written by Spillane, “The Night I Died,” will be adapted by Max Allan Collins with art by Marcelo Salaza and colorist Marcio Freire.

For a look at other covers and some interior art click over to FlickeringMyth.

Steve Rude’s Variant Cover for Action #1000

Posted in Art, and Comics

In celebration of Action Comics reaching it’s 1000th issue, DC Comics is releasing it as a super-size issue with several variant covers.  Steve Rude’s cover above represents Superman from the 1930’s.  Other artists and decades represented include:

  • 1930s – Steve Rude
  • 1940s – Michael Cho
  • 1950s – Dave Gibbons
  • 1960s – Michael Allred
  • 1970s – Jim Steranko
  • 1980s – Joshua Middleton (not up yet)
  • 1990s – Dan Jurgens
  • 2000s – Lee Bermejo

Click over to Ryan Higgins’ Twitter to check them out!