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Original Art Stories: The Lost Superman Story

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Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On...

This is the saga of the Neverending Battle for the 'lost' Superman story.

In 1988 the character of Superman turned 50, if you were reading comic books back then you'd recall it. Television specials, Time Magazine, articles everywhere - hell the fever even reached Australia with the television special being broadcast in prime-time, believe it or not. However all that paled in comparison to what Cleveland was preparing. Why Cleveland? That's the spiritual, and physical, birthplace of Superman! You see the characters creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, originally conceived the character in that very town. Part of the celebrations revolved around the creation of a Superman Museum and associated items (as late as June 2008 the museum idea is still being floated). In an interview with George Khoury for Jon Cooke’s Comic Book Artist #21, writer Tony Isabella expands on his role, “The goals of the organization were to honour Siegel and Shu…

Big Glee? You Betcha!

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My pal Al Bigley finally has a blog of his own. I won't say it's his new blog as he never had an old one, but let's not split hairs or debate semantics here. What I will say is that Al's blog is a delight to read, very interesting and a delightful view into the world of a young man who grew up to be an artist. The stuff he's showcasing is off the wall and is features vintage art that you rarely see artists put out there for display. Plus he's not shy about his Monkees fascination, not that I can talk, I own the above piece of art that Al did for fun back in 1990.

I like Al. Over the years my all too brief conversations with him have been informative and enlightening to me. I've also managed to buy a fair amount of art from him over the years and I'm happy to own it all. Al is one of those good guys that come along in the world of comic book art all too rarely. Scoot on over and read his blog and then make contact and commission him to draw something -…

Original Art Stories: Ditko Fanzine Art

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Ya know, there's no other reason why I've posted this other than I really like looking at it. This art (currently for sale - wish I could afford it) was drawn by Ditko for the The Comic Reader#42, published October 1965. Here's where the funny stuff begins. As everyone is well aware Ditko doesn't do commissions. Shame really as I expect that he'd made more money than anyone else if he did, and that includes Neal Adams. Just imagine, a Ditko Spider-Man of your own hanging on the wall - what's that worth to you bucko? Having said that back in the 1960s Ditko was very active in the fanzine scene and would more often than not do these little drawings (they're a bit more advanced than a sketch) for use as spot illos or even covers. Bill Schelly's excellent, and essential, book The Golden Age Of Fandom shows a few examples, including a very similar image to the one above, along with a great Captain Atom shown below.

The Captain Atom shown here was drawn for Th…

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