(from DC Super Heroes Which Way Book #1: Superman The Man of Steel - written by Andrew Helfer, illustrated by Jose Delbo,1983)
Submitted by the Magnificent Mike Sterling!
Davie Byrne photographed by Annie Leibovitz, 1986
Look what’s here, it’s comics! Click and go read em. From the news post:
Hello my friends!
It’s been a while. I’m trying to stretch these comic making muscles again, so here are a load of sketchy sillies. In the past year, I’ve been doing some work in books and tv, as I’ve mentioned, some of it working out and some of it not. But I’m very excited to tell you that I just finished this book with Scholastic, which should be out next fall! It’s a lot of fun and I hope you will like it!
I’m working on the sequel to the Hark A Vagrant book next with Drawn and Quarterly, so good news, you’ll be seeing comics more frequently! And I miss making them.
Indulging myself with what I think might be the oldest piece of published Superman art which was illustrated by Jon Bogdanove. This predated Superman:Man of Steel by about four years, anyway.
Absolutely love Bog’s Superman - I guess he was a controversial artist, and maybe the wild liberty of his forms rankled folks looking for a clean line in the Swan tradition, I suppose. Lots of room for different styles, is my feeling about it…
Here are a couple sketches from the aborted “Bat-Man” project with Azzarello. Initially conceived as a First Wave title, I wanted Robin to be the son of Wu Cheng from the Blackhawks — fuck you, Chop Chop — sent to be raised in the US by Bruce Wayne. Get some pulp in that juice.
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Got my first shipment. This one from Dylan Todd.
The highlight of this batch is a killer logo by Gray Morrow for this 1974 Red Circle horror comic. Two-point perspective stone walls that at first look like the walls in a creepy old castle with the top of the letters suggesting the crenulations of battlements and some dark arrow slits but then you have details more in line with fog-choked old London like that gaslight lamp burning on the H and the spikes on the roof tops. Then there is a dungeon door and I think the letter A might even have a safe under it. Self-lit logos are even more rare than two-point perspective logos, but close inspection shows that there must be another light source shining in from off-page to the left.
I’m gonna try and convince Depths of Reality to rip off this logo for their demo.
That Madhouse logo is the damn bomb.
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