Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 39: Kane, Byrne, Barr, Black and More!

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 39, Ken took a look at Collector 28 from 1973.   Edited and published by Bill G. Wilson.

Collector 28 is a nice find.  I’d never seen it before reading Ken’s column.  Chock full of the stuff that fanzines were known for this issue features:

  • A color Ken Barr cover
  • Art by Don Rosa, Alan Hanley, Bill Black, a Don Newton portfolio, John Byrne, Gil Kane and more.
  • Articles on Star Trek and The Shadow and more.

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Amazing “John Wick: Chapter 2” Poster by Denys Cowan, Bill Sinkiewicz and Elizabeth Breitweiser

“Yeah.  I’m thinkin’…” this is the poster that they should have used for John Wick: Chapter 2.

I am so diggin’ this poster by Denys Cowan, Bill Sinkiewicz and Elizabeth Breitweiser.  As I was looking up the artist links I came across the slightly different version of the poster below.

Chef’s choice.

The First Hellboy Sketches Ever by Mike Mignola!

Most Hellboy fans are familiar with the drawing above.  It’s the first pass Mike Mignola made at what became Hellboy, one of comic’s most iconic characters.  Much rarer is another early riff on Hellboy by Mignola.

You can see larger versions of both sketches, get the story behind them and how a random sketch stuck with Mike Mignola and ultimately morphed into the Hellboy character we all know and love at CBR.com.

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 38: Toth, Byrne, Newton and More!

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 38, Ken took a look at Charlton Bullseye 4 and 5 from 1976.   Edited and published by Robert Layton.

Once fanzines started to gain notice, the comics companies decided to put out their own fan mags.  Marvel had FOOM.  DC had the Amazing World of DC Comics.  And Charlton had the Charlton Bullseye.

These two issues have an amazing talent line-up…

4: Cover by Joe Staton, Peacemaker pinup by Walt Simonson, an E-Man story by Nicola Cuti & Joe Staton, a Frank Thorne E-Man pinup, a John Byrne comic story and more.

5: The Question cover and a story written and drawn by Alex Toth, a pinup by Mike Nasser, an interview and art by Don Newton, a comic story written and drawn by John Byrne, a pinup by Neal Adams and more.

Whew!  More than worth the price of admission.

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Steranko’s Used and Unused Covers to Captain America #113

Most comic fans will quickly recognize Steranko’s classic cover to Captain America #113.  Have you ever seen the much rarer unused version (again by Steranko) shown below?

I like both but think that the used cover is the better of the two for getting someone to buy the issue.

You can see much lager versions of both over at The Bristol Board.

 

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 35: Frazetta, Wrightson, Steranko and More!

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 35, Ken took a look at Infinity 2 from 1970.   Edited and published by Adam Malin and Gary Berman.

Until Ken’s post, I had never seen or even heard of Infinity 2.  My loss because this fanzine is jam-packed with great stuff.  Infinity 2 starts with a Frank Brunner cover (with more interior Brunner art), has art and an interview by Berni Wrightson (interestingly enough the interview was conducted by Doug Murray who went on to write the Nam series for Marvel after serving in Nam himself), art and an interview with Frank Frazetta, a Steranko Black Panther sketch, a Virgil Finley portfolio, sketches by Dave Berg, Jeff Jones and more.  What a find!

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Ken Meyer Jr.’s Ink Stains 32: Adams, Kaluta, Wrightson, DeZuniga, Buckler, and Much More!

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 32, Ken took a look at Phase [Part 1 of 3 is linked] from 1971.   Published by Phase Publications/Sal Q.

Until Ken’s post, I had never seen or even heard of Phase.  It’s an interesting argument that Phase isn’t really a fanzine, it’s a prozine.  Look at the names of those who contributed to Phase – Neal Adams, Mike Kaluta, Berni Wrightson, Tony DeZuniga, Rich Buckler, Ken Barr, Frank Brunner, Jeff Jones, Gerry Conway, Ernie Colon, Tom Sutton and more!  Keep in mind that in most cases we’re not talking just spot illos but full stories!

I’d say that although the contributors are pros, they’re also fans.  Don’t we have better nits to pick?

Ah, the memories of the glory days of fanzines.  Thanks to Ken Meyer, Jr. for making these available!

Savage Sword of Conan Art by Zeck, Broderick, Potts & Adams and More!

I remember when I first saw this Mike Zeck frontpiece for Savage Sword of Conan.  It made me want my own Zeck Conan art and so Conan was the first sketch I ever got from Mr. Z.

One of the things I’ve al love about the ole Savage Sword of Conan magazines were the different artists who appeared there.  Diversions of the Groovy Kind posted the Mike Zeck piece above along with Conan riffs by Ron Wilson and Joe Rubinstein, Carl Potts and Neal Adams, Keith Pollard, Don Newton, Pat Broderick and Kerry Gammil.

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