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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

POST # 38 - CURSE OF THE FULL MOON!



As I now reestablish tentatively from my self-induced exile and commence posting on my blogs once more, I will attempt to initiate re-entry here with a minimum of blathering and effluvium.

That means that today's post will feature 50% less chattering,
so you can rightly focus 100% on the wonderful artwork's that are mattering.

Urg...terrible word play, but that's what happens when I bite my tongue.
Also, I bleed alot.

Reed Crandall (1917-1982) was an amazing artist and illustrator who brought a quality of professionalism to his work that tended to transcend the comic page. Even though he was said to be extremely humble and almost self-critical of his own work, his peers and fans universally esteemed him to be a master craftsman, and rightly so. His artwork in comics projected a sense of his illustrative skill for detail that could put technical draftsmen to shame. His artwork was basically almost too good to be in a comic book, but there it was, drawing in the reader with every delicate brush stroke.

He received critical fame from the onset of his career in comics, from the early 40's when he brought his talents to heroes such as BLACKHAWK and many others, continuing into the 50's when he was a gargantua among gargantuas in the renowned  EC Comics stable  (heavyweights all), again into the 60's when he lent his pen and brush to masterpieces such as today's post by contributing to Warren's classic horror line, and right on up through the early 70's. Toward the end of his comics career it was known that health issues as well as alcohol played a role in hastening his downfall, but in 1965 when he drew "CURSE OF THE FULL MOON!" he was still quite able to bring the magic he was known for. 

I'm not sure how many werewolf stories Mr. Crandall drew over the course of his life, but there have been an unusually high amount. That is probably because he was so incredibly skilled at it. There were several done for the Warren books alone. This horrifying lycanthropic chronicle was originally published in CREEPY #4 in 1965.

Don't you hate when the carriage you're riding in is attacked by a wolf and your driver gets killed? Whenever that happens to me, I just know it's going to be a long, rough night. Well, sure enough, that's just what happens in this classic tale, too, deftly written by Archie Goodwin.
I now cease my gurgling verbage and present for your enjoyment,

"CURSE OF THE FULL MOON!"
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That was good nasty fun, eh?
In case this happens to me, I always wear my wolf-whistle!
If you want to see another masterful werewolf tale by Reed Crandall, this time in color, click right here!
Go on, I dare ya!



Saturday, March 12, 2011

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - "ABE AND THE ALIEN" PRINTS NOW ON SALE!





Hi gang!

Thanks for being patient!
I'll be back up and running here licketty split, just keep checkin' in daily!

I must interupt my blog momentarily for an exciting announcement!


I've just been busy working on a few projects,
one of which is preparing for the sale of my original artwork poster prints!

The 1st prints I'm offering is a two (2) print set containing my original artwork that was published on the cover of SLAM BANG #3, (Fan-Atic Press). These print sets are limited to only 250, and when they're gone, they're gone! So don't miss out! Offered for the initial low bargain price of $29.95 per set, you will receive 2 beautiful high-quality prints on heavy stock, suitable for framing and/or lining the birdcage!

You will receive one large 11" x 17" full color cover reproduction art and one smaller 8" x 10" sized faux photo-look B&W print. These are unique, rare, and hilarious, and you can only buy them from me (the artist) exclusively! Created originally for SLAM BANG's issue devoted to "Mostly True Stories", they depict the slightly skewed reality of our 16th president's final evening, as he is stalked by a most unlikely assassin!

To order your set, click here or on the image above, or contact me at


THANK YOU!

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Please stay tuned for more amazing Black and White artwork in the next few days!