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“John Wick” Coming to Dynamite Comics!

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Movies

Fans of the John Wick movies may want to check out the new comic series coming from Dynamite Comics.  Written by Greg Pak with art by Giovanni Valletta, the series will delve into John Wick’s world and even feature stories about his origin adding to the John Wick mythos.

(On a side note, I’ve commissioned Valletta for a Jack Carter & John Wick sketch! And if John Wick’s father ever makes a movie appearance he should be played by Sylvester Stallone.)

Souce: SlashFilm.

Matt Wagner and Mage: The Hero Denied

Posted in Art, and Comics

Matt Wagner has announced that Mage: The Hero Denied, the conclusion to his Mage trilogy will be a 15 issue series coming from Image later this year. Wagner describes Mage as…

… the archetypical Hero’s Journey told as a modern, urban fantasy. Our unlikely protagonist, Kevin Matchstick, is a cynical everyman until he encounters a ragged and beguiling street wizard named Mirth who soon reveals that Kevin is heir to a heroic destiny that he had never imagined. Along the course of his adventures, Kevin gathers a posse of comrades who all aid in his struggle to defeat the dark magic of the villainous Umbra Sprite. At the end of the first volume, The Hero Discovered, Kevin accepts his role and finds himself the wielder of an ancient and mythical power. In the second volume of the Mage trilogy, The Hero Defined, Kevin finds himself paired with a whole new posse of companions, all reborn heroes based on the mythic cycles from a variety of cultures. As they track down and battle supernatural threats together, Kevin is pursued by a befuddled vagrant, Wally Ut, who claims to embody the next stage of Matchstick’s mystical mentorship — his second Mage. Eventually, Kevin’s own arrogance and stubbornness leads to devastating consequences that threaten to undermine his entire struggle against the forces of darkness. The new series, The Hero Denied, is the third and final part of the trilogy. The storyline takes up, as I said, about ten years after the conclusion of the previous series and finds Kevin at a very different place in both his personal life and his role as the reborn Pendragon. The Hero Denied #0 kicks things off in July and is a half-sized issue that features the third “Interlude,” a motif I’ve traditionally used to bridge the gap between the various Books of the trilogy. It’s a great jumping-on spot for new readers and an exciting fresh return to the world of MAGE for longtime fans.

If you’re so inclined you can read a short interview with Wagner and see Mage: The Hero Denied preview pages at Previewworld.

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 79: Zeck, Williamson & More!

Posted in Art, Comics, and Movies

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!

For Ink Stains 79, Ken took a look at RBCC #134 (Part 1 and Part 2from March 1977 from Publisher and Editor: James Van Hise.

RBCC #134 features:

  • Flash Gordon cover by Stephen Fabian
  • Mike Zeck Flash Gordon contents page illo
  • Al Williamson Flash Gordon illo
  • Beautiful 4 Page Flash Gordon story written and illustrated by Mike Zeck
  • Art and article about Alex Raymond
  • Mike Zeck Flash Gordon full-pager
  • Buster Crabbe Interview
  • Zeck Full Page Illo
  • Ron Wilbur Flash Gordon parody comic story
  • Marc Hempel Spider-Man pinup
  • Articles, a letters page and more.

 

RBCC was a main stay of fanzine readers.  Mike Zeck appearances were fairly regular and always welcome.  Zeck’s Flash Gordon story in this issue is an all-time favorite — and I’m not much of a Flash Gordon fan.  Great memories!

Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 73: Blyberg, McGregor & More!

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!

For Ink Stains 73, Ken took a look at Woweekazowie #2 from 1976 from Publisher: Willie Blyberg and Editor: Dean Mullaney

Woweekazowie #2 features:

  • Killraven cover by Pete Iro
  • Black Panther back cover by Willie Blyberg
  • Iron Fist & Daughters of the Dragon splash by William Nevile & Sam de la Rosa
  • Don McGregor Interview and Checklist
  • Full page illo by Mark Gruenwald
  • Spot illos by Pete Iro, Willie Blyberg and others
  • Article by Mary Jo Duffy
  • Victory strip by Willie Blyberg
  • Full page Superman illo by Willie Blyberg (always loved this one!)
  • Articles, a letters page and more.

 

Woweekazowie was one of my all-time favorite fanzines.  Willie Blyberg was such a cool cat (where is Willie now?) and excellent artist.  Love the memories Woweekazowie #2 brings back.

Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

“The Soft, Sweet Lips of Hell” by O’Neil, Adams & Steve Englehart

Posted in Art, Authors, Comics, and Horror

Diversions of the Groovy Kind has posted The Soft, Sweet Lips of Hell by (writer) Denny O’Neil and (artists) Neal Adams & Steve Englehart which appeared in Vampirella #10 (December 1970)!  Englehart went on to fame as a comic book writer.  I had no idea he began his career as an artist.

Thanks to Diversions for giving us another look!

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 71: Steranko, Ditko & More!

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!

For Ink Stains 71, Ken took a look at Comic Crusader 5 and 6 from 1969 from Editor and Publisher: Martin L. Greim.

Comic Crusader 5 and 6 feature –

  • Covers by Steranko
  • Lots of fan art and articles
  • Comic story by Martin Greim
  • Early art by Dennis Fugitake
  • Steve Ditko’s Mr. A comic story
  • …and more!

 

The Steranko pieces make these issues worthy for me even if as Ken points out, it appears that someone else (Greim?) inked the cover to #5.

Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Barry Smith’s Conan Covers

Posted in Art, and Comics

Conan #10 was the first issue of Conan that I bought off the rack.  Barry Smith (who was not yet Barry Windsor-Smith) was really starting to show promise of what was to come and Roy Thomas’ story has stayed with me all these years later.

Diversions of a Groovy Kind recently took a look some of Barry Smith’s Conan Covers and that’s what stirred up this great memory.