It's possible I've already posted this one, but for the life of me, I can't find it anywhere. My apologies if this is another accidental rerun.
Nick Cardy was one of my favorite artists when I was growing up in the '60's. From Teen Titans, through Brave and the Bold, Aquaman and the series that I would consider his masterpiece, Bat Lash.
He's a gifted storyteller on paper and in person and this was the one time we got to work together; a cover for the trade paperback collection of the 2008 series. Nick wanted to hang on to his pencils if possible so I told him I'd be more than happy to ink a blueline print and return his pencils to him untouched. He drew the cover so tight that my inks weren't really needed, but it was a genuine thrill to do this job so I'm glad that DC didn't feel the same way.
I really enjoyed this series when I was a wee lad, especially the charming, earnest art by Jim Mooney. This piece was drawn in 1981 for one of the Fantagraphics magazines, either The Comics Journal or Amazing Heroes. The scan was provided by the charming and earnest Mr. Hiroshi Morisaki.
I didn't know what to draw for this one. Mike had been talking about writing a mermaid story and asked if I'd be interested in drawing it so I decided to head off in that direction. The thumbnail sketches show that I was flailing about, looking for inspiration to strike...
It's Labor Day so what better time to show off a little original art from Jerry's long-running DC series. Pencils and inks by Bob Oksner, lettering by Ben Oda. I don't know who wrote the story but I remember Oksner talking about writing some of the later Lewis scripts himself so this might be one of them.
The gun barrel and a few of the buildings were ruled with a pen, everything else is inked with a brush.
Jerry's in drag but he's very recognizable throughout the sequence because of Oksner's virtuoso talent for drawing likenesses and inspired use of body language. He drew more than a hundred issues of this series and somehow managed to get better every year. I've included a scan of the back of the art so you can see how he did a little pencilling in reverse, using a light table.