Caltex98

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  1. In the 1970's when I sporadically bought the swedish James Bond comic book I always felt let down if the adventure had Yaroslav Horak as the artist instead of John McLusky which I considered THE James Bond artist. But when Titan Books started their reprint series of the James Bond comic strip in the early 2000's (with considerably better reproduction quality) I found that I had to reconsider. Horak was a master of the action sequence and and I can't think of another artist which has the same use of bold contrasts between black and white. So even if don't own any OA by him (yet) I can definite
  2. In 2020 there were barely enough additions to my collection to make a full entry, but here they are: Published/Unpublished Comic Book Splashes, Title Pages Mikael Grahn - Svenska Serier 5/1980 p3 - Dix Dogfight Published/Unpublished Commissions/Recreations Bill Galvan - Archie's Pals 'n' Gals meets Binky's Buddies #1 - the cross-over that never was Megan Levens - Elvira and her Macabre Mobile Megan Levens - Margot Robbie IS Harley Quinn! Unpublished Sketch Covers/Convention Sketches Don Rosa - The Peeweegah chief
  3. Not many art purchases this year but at least I have kept Megan Levens busy with commissions. And since she (as many artists) suffered from a significant lack of income due to the cancelled convention circuit it seemed like a better way to spend my funds. Margot Robbie as the one and only Harleen Frances Quinzel a.k.a. Harley Quinn in the movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was a totally pitch perfect performance! Just like she had walked out of the comic books and onto the screen. Megan Levens share my opinion, and I think it shows in this b
  4. Not many art purchases this year but at least I have kept Megan Levens busy with commissions. And since she (as many artists) suffered from a significant lack of income due to the cancelled convention circuit it seemed like a better way to spend my funds. Margot Robbie as the one and only Harleen Frances Quinzel a.k.a. Harley Quinn in the movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) was a totally pitch perfect performance! Just like she had walked out of the comic books and onto the screen. Megan Levens share my opinion, and I think it shows in this b
  5. Bill Galvan is a big horror aficionado which came in handy when I decided the Mistress of the Dark should get Halloween off and let my favorite teenage witch guest host her show: Issue 146-147 of Archie & Friends had the two-part Twilight-spoof "Twilite" in them and here are Bill's pencils for the cover art: Look what he inserted in Veronica's hair... "X" means "black", BTW.
  6. Like David (Hi David!) I also collect humorous stuff where the one-page gag is quite common. I think I have shown this one before, but in this page from Josie #87 Dan DeCarlo shows how a pretty lame gag can be turned into something brilliant with a master behind the drawing board: If you click on the picture you will be directed to a bigger scan in my DeCarlo-gallery on CAF. BTW, is Sunday gags considered one-page stories or are they a category by themselves?
  7. I own 88 OA pieces by Dan DeCarlo (I think), but if I have to single out one to keep it will be this Humorama page from 1963. It is from the very brief (so I have been told) period when he stopped doing inkwash and used zip-a-tone (or similar film) and cross-hatching instead. It also have two ladies in one drawing which even if it wasn't uncommon certainly is rarer than just one: This was the first Modesty Blaise strip (1560 from 1968 and the adventure "Bad Suki") I acquired and it is still my favourite (I own four). It shows off the artistic genius of Jim Holdaway and the effortles
  8. Can't say I'm surprised. No U.S. vacation this year for me then.
  9. When DC modernized their teenage humor comic Binky in the late sixties it would have been fun if they had teamed up with Archie and the gang. I asked Bill Galvan what it would have looked like, and with a little inspiration from classic Justice League covers this is his take on the subject: Before it was finished he designed two logos which can be seen on the pencils and inks respectively: Click on the pictures to see it in slightly larger format in my CAF gallery. There I also show the prelim and some of the authentic fashions the characters are wearing on the cover.
  10. Some time I eventually will get around to read it...
  11. My humble nominees for Best of 2019: Published/Unpublished: Covers Megan Levens - Angel City #3 - cover Published: Interior Panel Pages Megan Levens - Angel City #6 - p10 Published: Strip Art David Wright - Carol Day - strip 1748 (1962) Published/Unpublished: Commissions Natalia Batista - Sword Princess Amaltea (disgruntled) Unpublished: Sketch Covers/Convention Sketches Jonas Darnell - Herman the heathen passed out in a tankard Honorable Mention Published/Unpublished: Commissions Fernando Ruiz - Modesty Blaise Pu
  12. Modesty Blaise strip 1558 from the episode Bad Suki by the first and foremost artist of the comic, Jim Holdaway:
  13. At the recent Gothenburg Book Fair I got my 24th convention sketch by Peter Madsen. The subject? A very angry Freyja! (from his graphic novel series Valhalla) (Click on the picture for a larger scan.)
  14. Page 58 from the second part of Natalia Batista's epic fantasy Sword Princess Amaltea: Natalia actually added screentone to the original in the old-fashioned way to make it look more like it was published - normally this is done in the computer. I guess this makes the page something between real original art and recreation... Two comic strips from the very successful Halge comic about a moose and life in rural Sweden by the late Lars Mortimer. Here a conflict over a hunting pass quickly escalates out of hand and the prime minister wants to call on the UN to solve it: