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Original Art Stories: DC Comics Meets Edgar Rice Burroughs

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This is an odd lot, and rarely seen these days.  I'd not like to even hazard a guess of how many of these packs, sent out by Marv Wolfman in December 1971, still exist intact.  This set not only exists, but it also comes in it's original envelope, as sent by Marv to a former editor of an ERB fanzine, who stored it and then sold it to me back in 2005.  It's been sitting amongst my original art since then, and I don't think I've ever shown all of the scans in the one post before, and if I have, well I can't remember it.

These scans, indeed the photographic images, are probably as close as the majority of us will  ever get to seeing some of this original art and sketches.  And when you consider that the artists featured are Joe Kubert, Alan Weiss, Frank Thorne, Michael Kaluta and Murphy Anderson, well you can fully understand and appreciate the excitement that you get just holding this stuff.  I did talk to Alan Weiss about these Pellucidar images a few years bac…

Original Art Stories: Joe Orlando Meets Wally Wood

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I can't recall when I first became aware of Joe Orlando's artwork, most probably it was in a DC Comic, where Joe finished out his career.  As I can't remember I expect that his art didn't exactly impress that much, no great surprise as Joe, like a lot of the E.C. artists, just didn't reach the heights at the mainstream companies as they had done at E.C. and in the pages of Mad Magazine.  Don't get me wrong, Jack Davis I've always loved - I've kept a pile of Time Magazines with Davis covers (I must dig them out and scan them one day, if only to post them) and I can't say enough about Wally Wood and the likes of Al Feldstein and co, but Orlando?  Well, what can I say?  Much like Russ Heath and Gray Morrow, those guys were wasted on drawing pedestrian superhero comics for editors who just didn't know what the artists were really capable of producing.

I found Orlando again via Watchmen.  Joe drew one page in the series and it impressed me no end as …

Original Art Stories: The Creepy Russ Heath

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Blame Alan Weiss.  For years he'd been telling about the sheer majesty and beauty of Russ Heath and his art so I began to check it out and damned if he wasn't right, as usual.  What Alan doesn't know about art and artists just isn't worth knowing.

What Alan did do was turn me onto Heath's Warren work, and, rightly, told me that it was far superior to his DC or Marvel work.  I had to agree.  I took one look at Heath's Blazing Combat stories and, to be honest, they knocked my socks clear off.   The art for the story Give And Take is some of the most photo-realistic and amazing art I've ever seen.  I've rarely seen anything so clear and pure - well worth seeking out and buying.  As it stands I keep locating Heath in Warren magazines and I've yet to be disappointed, and this story is no exception.  Written by Bruce Jones, the art is incredible and the twist, well, have a read and see for yourself.  M Knight Shyamalan couldn't get such a simple, and …

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