Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sword of Azrael: costume design

Joe's pencils show the original mask design, which was changed before the art was sent to me for inking.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stormwatch TPB cover inks over Bryan Hitch

As you might expect, Bryan's pencils are a joy to ink.  Hope we get to work together again some time soon.



Friday, February 26, 2010

Pencil scan for Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles

I posted the inks last summer, but couldn't locate a copy of the pencils. These things have a way of turning up when you're no longer looking for them.

Superman/Batman cover art

I've been told this piece will finally get published as an upcoming cover for the Superman/Batman book.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Arak and Captain Carrot

From 1982. Believe it or not, this a published piece.  I think it accompanied a Roy Thomas interview in the Comics Journal.  I really didn't have a clue about inking back then.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flatiron Joe logo art

A couple of years ago I was asked to design a logo for a NYC bar in the Flatiron district.  I don't really do logo designs any more but just this once I made an exception. It was a lot of fun but the place closed not long after I finished the work.  It's a shame, because I was looking forward to grabbing a beer and a burger there the next time I made it to the city.  You'll occasionally see some of these preliminary sketches mis-identified as Goon prelims.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monsters in the Closet: Animated?

How'd I miss this?  I really gotta get out more often.  Click on the link to see the Batman Black and White Motion Comics "Monsters in the Closet" episode. My favorite part is when Batman pokes the little reject with his finger.  That shriek is very close to the sound I heard in my head when I drew that panel. Update: Now the video is embedded below, thanks to a helpful hand from Scott Peterson (the talented writer and editor, not the bad fellow who looks like Dean Cain).


Monday, February 22, 2010

Doctor Strange sketch

My second favorite Marvel character...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Spectre: Legends of the DC Universe 80-page Giant #1

One of the oddest collaborations you're likely to see in a comic: A script by Peter David and Bill Mumy,  Steve Ditko pencils and my inks.  The note at the top of the art says "4" but this was actually page 1.



Friday, February 19, 2010

Fables pin-up

This one was drawn in 2008 for an anniversary issue of Fables.  I picked this character to draw because of the overalls.  Unfortunately, my colors were way too dark for the uncoated stock so most of the picture just turned black.  Live and learn...



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Duck sketch

Like Sigmund Freud said, sometimes a duck is just a duck.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Teen Titans

I think we all knew I'd have to do a finished version of this old, rejected card sketch... didn't we?  I'm so predictable.



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

DC First cover art: Superman vs Lobo

From 2002.  I drew all four of these "DC 1st" covers and even (roughly) designed the logo.  Yes, I know, Superman's proportions are really exaggerated.  If I had it to do over, I might have made his waist a little less narrow, but that's how I saw it at the time.





Sunday, February 14, 2010

Action Comics Weekly #639 cover sketch

I thought I'd already posted this cover but I guess I changed my mind when I couldn't find a copy of the pencils. Fortunately, the long forgotten preliminary sketch showed up on eBay this week and it's tight enough to get the job done. It's not my auction but you can see it here, for a few more hours at least.  The seller very kindly shared a larger scan of the rough with me so please reward him with some ridiculously high bids.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Inks for Keith Giffen Marvel cover

From 1995. I don't even remember doing this one but it sure looks like my signature.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Inks for an Adam Hughes Gen13 card

There wasn't much for me to do on this one... just trace over the pencil lines and try not to mess anything up.  I think Adam may have colored this himself, or at the very least, supervised the coloring.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Gil Kane...

...with a little Sergio Aragonés thrown in for good measure.  Here are a couple of pages from Mark Evanier's Fanboy, issue 2.  I think Gil did all the layouts, then Sergio inked his figures before the pages came back to me to ink whatever remained.  It was funny seeing how well Gil mimicked Sergio's style, creating a far more seamless blend than I would have expected.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Green Lantern Secret Files #1

From July, 1998. Pencils by Gil Kane.