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Posted by tom on April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


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Hey Party People,

Well, I’ve been working hard on the next Captain Rocket installment. Like a fool I decided to do some walk cycles! Lots of work, even at my ‘Hanna Barbera level’ here. I should have it finished by next month.

In the meantime, stealing precious time away from Captain Rocket, I made this fun little sketch of Young Samson and Goliath! I just love the concept of this show. Some teenage kid on an endless European vacation (or sorts) with his pet dog. Riding around the country side with his moped like motorcycle. And whenever crazy danger strikes- aliens, robots, monsters and madmen- (ala He-Man) he changes into Samson! But no secret identity, as everyone knows he’s Samson (in fact while unpowered his name is still Samson!), and even ask him for help at times. Just a crazy little take on a superhero.

Mind you, the show itself, is one of the worst! Clearly animated by H-B’s C squad, with the briefest scripts, as Samson seems to pull out different superpowers for no rhyme or reason. But it does have the typical H-B awesome character designs by Alex Toth. You should Google the model sheets sometime, as they look great. And will make you wonder why everything doesn’t look that great in the show itself!

Hope you enjoy the pic and I’ll see ya next week!

Posted by tom on February 4, 2015 in Uncategorized with No Comments


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Hey Party People, to celebrate Dynamite Comics new Phantom comicbook, KING: PHANTOM- where finally an Africa man is allowed to be an African hero! As the next Phantom has gone missing, Mandrake the Magician’s buddy Lothar has taken over the as the Phantom. Ok, it doesn’t make sense that people can tell this Phantom isn’t the same guy (because the Phantom is suppose to be immortal- as son takes over for father). But that doesn’t bother me too much. I can accept this and enjoy this piece of right mined ‘political correctness’. Oh, the costume I drew is more my own spin on the Phantom costume- not the suit in the comic. It’s just, I’m sorry those striped jockey shorts have to go. And every superhero should wear gloves- seriously. Anyway, I hope ya like it!

Posted by tom on November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized with No Comments



Here’s my second Golden Age Hero: Ted Grant, aka Wildcat! This is pretty much how Wildcat first appeared to the world in Sensational comics #1, back in 1942. Ted was a professional boxer turned superhero after being framed for murder and hearing about Green Lantern’s crime fighting career.

Wildcat was one of the longest running characters at DC, until the New 52, where he doesn’t exist anymore. Ah well.

Posted by tom on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized with No Comments


I’ve been trying to think of a cool art project for myself. Aside from trying to create comic books and cartoons! Like I really need one. Anyway, I hit upon the idea of drawing all my favorite DC Golden Age heroes- I’m a big fan of 1940’s heroes. The thing I thought of to make it a little more interesting, as to try and draw their first appearance pose! You know Superman from Action Comics #1, Batman from Detective Comics #27, etc. Then I’ll collage them all together! It will probably take me years!

To start off with I have Rex Tyler here, AKA The Hourman. For whatever reasons I always loved his costume. Good old Rex discovered the mother of all steroids in 1940, Miraclo. Specifically designed to work his metabolism (of course!), each pill gives him superhuman abilities for 60 minutes. Making him the man of the hour- Hourman! Here is the first pose anyone ever saw of Hourman on the cover of Adventure Comics #48. He would go on to being a founding member of the Justice Society, before slipping into obscurity.

One finally interesting note about the Hourman, since the start of the war on drugs, writers and editors have been trying to get Rex (and later his son Rick) off the pill. We don’t want kids popping random pills thinking their Hourman or even Underdog, do we?

 

Posted by tom on September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments


Hey party people, well last week I was talking about Filmation, and that made me think of their most popular show- He-man and the Masters of the Universe! Did you know there is some confusion about who the Masters of the Universe are? Early episodes state that the bad guys are the Masters of the Universe. Later on it’s the good guys. Pretty weird huh? But I digress; you see I must confess I was never a big fan of He-man. When the cartoon hit I was old enough to realize how ‘baby’ the show was and it turned me off. To tell my He-man story:

It was my birthday when the He-man toys hit the stores. You see, instead of trying to get a gift for myself or my siblings on our birthdays, our mom just started to give us money and take us Toys ‘R Us. Get whatever you want she’d say- worked for me. So after looking the aisles over I saw the He-man figures. Well they looked pretty cool to me, so I picked up He-man and Stratos- not sure why I didn’t get Skeletor, maybe he was sold out at the time. Anyway, as I said He-man and the gang seem pretty cooled to me and the mini-comic was interesting as well. Then the cartoon hit, and I was not impressed. Now as a budding artist I thought the designs were awesome looking (though way too much pink and light purple in the color palette- seriously guys, why do you think there are so many gay jokes about He-man?). The back lighting effect was really cool and the stock animation often looked cool- but oui the show had about as much drama as Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. And why did He-man always let Skeletor go at the end? Even the Superfriends tossed villains in jail! But Skeletor was always free to go, just to cause more trouble tomorrow (it was a daily show after all). It wasn’t long before He-man became a bit of a joke to my sci-fi/comic book loving friends, and I pretty much agreed.

But while He-man and I never got along, He got along famously with everyone young than me! And I understand he is still gaining new young fans that discover him in reruns on Qubo and other channels like that. So the Filmation gang was doing something right! But I still can’t help feel, that if they just upped the age level a little bit they would have scored fans my age, as well as all the younger kids who did fall in love with He-man.

I never did buy another He-man figure and part of me does feel like I missed out on something. But I was happy watching the likes of Spider-man and his Amazing Friends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Voltron, Might Orbots and Pole Position, so what ya gonna do. Of course the only one of them being talked about a movie now is… He-man.