Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Frank Faylen!

He's probably best remembered for playing Herbert T. Gillis, father of Dobie on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", a terrific old sitcom from 1959-1963.

That's all the excuse I need to show off this recently acquired page of Bob Oksner original art from issue 22 of DC's Dobie series that captures a fair amount of the show's (and Faylen's) personality.

Of course this time of year, it's easy to catch Frank as "Ernie" the cab driver (opposite Ward Bond's "Bert" the cop) in "It's a Wonderful Life"... a movie that's jam-packed with great character actors.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monsters and a Dame

This is a specialty piece for the Emerald City Comicon, which we'll be attending March 30 thru April 1. 14 x 17", pen, brush and ink on Bristol.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Layouts for Grimwood's Daughter

These popped up on eBay the other day. You can see the auctions here and here. Stop by and give 'em a bid or two.

Grimwood was drawn from a full script, so even at this early stage, I wanted to work out the line endings and balloon placements. These were slightly text-heavy and I was a novice so knowing exactly how much space was available for the art was important. The final lettering was done by Harvey Kurtzman's letterer at the time, Phil Felix. I think I took over the lettering myself on the later chapters to avoid mailing the boards back and forth.

And, just to see if anyone was paying attention, I slipped in a Springsteen lyric in the last panel.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Hey, Halloween is only a few days away... time to do some monster sketches!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Outsiders Annual cover art

I hadn't seen this one for several years but the owner of the original painting posted a scan on the CAF site recently so I thought I'd update my old post, showing the sketch and pencils:

I'd forgotten how bad those old seps were. They really washed out the colors.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Remembering Bob Oksner...

...who would have been 95 today. Here's a one-page biography from a 1962 Jerry Lewis comic:

Here's a stern-looking portrait of Bob by Neal Adams, from a 1971 DC house ad announcing the winners of the ACBA awards. Nicely lettered by the inimitable Gaspar Saladino.

Finally, one of my favorite Oksner originals, a Supergirl page from a 1971 issue of Adventure Comics. By the way, future comic writer Steve Englehart assisted with the background inks on this page.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


As some of you may have noticed, I signed up for a Twitter account last night and was warmly received by many of my cartooning brethren. What you may not know is that my account was suspended this morning, without warning or explanation. I'm trying to find out what the problem was/is but I want you all to know it was their doing, not mine. I hope it can be resolved soon. In the meantime, I'm once again completely twitless.

Black Widow redux

A while back I was asked to do an updated version of a Marvel Fanfare piece from the '80's. The commissioner asked for the classic costume and hair. I was able to fix some of the things that bothered me in the original, like the spider and the pose. I also tweaked the lighting a bit. As with most pieces, I started with a sketch...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Batman, Batgirl and Robin

Step by step, from layout to final inks:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hellboy and a cow: inks

I thought about adding a saddle but that just seemed wrong somehow.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hellboy and a cow

Pencils on Bristol, 14 x 17":

Monday, September 12, 2011

Jack B. Quick inks

Sorry the posting has been so light lately. I'm still hoping to pick up the pace soon but I honestly thought this blog would have completely run out of steam two years ago so I'm not complaining.

In the mean time, here's the inked version of the pencilled piece I posted earlier.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Inferior Five

I've drawn them a handful of times but they never come out looking quite the same.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Supergirl sketch

I'm partial to the older costume...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Batman pin-up: Inks over David Finch pencils

This one was inked over a blueline copy of the pencils:

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Batgirl pin-up

Preliminary pencils, marker sketch, pencils and inks:

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Robert Mitchum!

I know, Lucy's 100 today, but Mitchum is cooler.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Another Hulk sketch

Continuing with our green theme: I think this one is at least 7 years old. Maybe more...

Monday, August 1, 2011

A few green thumbs

Thumbnail sketches, layout and pencils for the painted page I showed you yesterday:

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's not easy being green...

Ink and gouache. If you thought the Hellboy story was peculiar, wait till you read this one...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Captain Marvel

As with the Warlock head sketch, I tried to get a little bit of a Gil Kane vibe in the drawing, but it didn't really come through.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Joe E. Brown!

"Nobody's perfect!"