A lot has been going on and I’m way behind in posting. Easiest to post links:
I’m now a regular contributor to Imprint, Print Magazine’s online blog:
Great review of my new book from powerHouse Golden Age Western Comics here:
PowerHouse book also has a great new book of interviews and photos of comic creators by writer Christopher Irving (who wrote the intro to my book) and photographer Seth Kushner, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics
While I’m at it, Fantagraphics will release my Out of the Shadows next month, the first reprint book dedicated to Mort Meskin:
And they just released the third volume of their Ditko reprints by Blake Bell, Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives:
And lastly, I was quoted in an article on Jack Kirby in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
Mort Meskin has been nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame. If you are an industry professional you can register and vote. It only takes a few minutes.
Thanks to my buddy Steve Cohen for the header. Now that Satchmo is off to the printer I’ve dug into my next book project, on the seminal comic book artist Mort Meskin for Fantagraphics. To that end I have begun a yahoo group for those who love his work or want to find out more and discuss:
Meskin is one of the unsung heroes of comic book art. Beginning his career in 1938 he was one of the twentieth century’s most influential comic book artists. His drawing technique, use of shadows and light, and storytelling ability are considered by many to be without par. Sheena of the Jungle, Vigilante, Ty-Gor son of Tiger, The Press Guardian, Dick Storm, Johnny Quick, Starman and Wildcat are among his earliest characters. Working with Jerry Robinson the team produced The Black Terror, Fighting Yank, Golden Lad, and Atoman. Next he worked for the legendary Simon and Kirby studio, producing work for Black Magic, Boys Ranch, Captain 3D, Headline, Justice Traps the Guilty, Young Romance, Young Love, and The Strange World of Your Dreams. From 1954 through 1965 he worked for DC on such titles as House of Secrets, House of Mystery, Strange Adventures, My Greatest Adventures and others.