Alex Schomburg the Quintessential Golden Age Cover Artist

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Alexander A. Schomburg was a Puerto Rican born commercial and comic-book artist, whose career lasted over 70 years. Stan Lee considered him to be the best cover artist in the Golden Age of comics. For the most part I feel that the only reason to collect comics from that era is only for the cover art. The contents are hit and miss but most of the covers are on point.

Virgil Finlay, Pulp Fantasy & Science Fiction Illustrator

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Virgil Finlay, Pulp Fantasy & Science Fiction Illustrator
Virgil Finlay, Pulp Fantasy & Science Fiction Illustrator

Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative artwork for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.”  While he worked in a range of media, from gouache to oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. Despite the very labor-intensive and time-consuming nature of his specialty, Finlay created more than 2600 works of graphic art in his 35-year career.

The Rocketeer: Still a Wonderful Watch

The Rocketeer: Still a Wonderful Watch

The Rocketeer: Still a Wonderful Watch, it’s still a fun movie. This one came out in 1991 and I feel like it wouldn’t have existed without Tim Burton’s Batman. I am a sucker for period films, and any movie that has some solid Nazi punching is aces in my book. A team up of pulp style characters would really be my ideal popcorn movie, although I am unsure as to how well received it would be. There is no way I could believe that it would be a block-buster of any sort. Perhaps a comic book mini series? I’d settle for that!

Drawing Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze

Inspired by a Bruce Timm piece from the Modern Masters series, this is my first attempt at drawing Doc Savage. I wanted to keep the simple lines of Timm’s style. There were places where I began to stray from the C, S curves and straight lines that I tried to limit myself to. All in all, I am satisfied with the result. At one point I thought about inking this piece but then my laziness got the better of me.

My Doc Savage

Doc Savage is a character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher H. W. Ralston and editor J. L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications. Additional material was contributed by the series’ main writer, Lester Dent. The character first appeared in Doc Savage Magazine #1 in March of 1933. He is often referred to as ‘The Man of Bronze’.

In recent years Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was attached to a new movie version of Doc Savage. As a fan of Mr. Johnson, I was 100% all-in on this. That project seems to have fallen through as Sony Pictures Television is bringing Doc Savage to the small screen with a new TV series. Unfortunately I highly doubt that Dwayne Johnson will be a part of this, but I will hold out hope.


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