I saw in the news today that WONDER WOMAN is getting a "bold new look" in WONDER WOMAN #600, which is available today. You can read the article and see the new WONDER WOMAN costume that is, "designed to be taken seriously as a warrior", by clicking here. What an ugly design. The colors look awful, too. I like super heroes that are colorful and fun! How many times have we seen this type of "new and improved" move flop? This is one of the many reasons why I can't stand modern-day "comic books". Publishers think moves like this will improve slumping sales. How about hiring writers who write stories that are actually fun to read and entertaining, and hiring artists who can actually draw characters that have appealing designs? Just like they used to during the 1940s through the 1970s. There are reasons why the popularity of comic book heroes lasted so long during those years...reasons that have been long dismissed by today's publishers.
The top image is the 1960s WONDER WOMAN Aurora model box front...and the bottom image is my 5x7 WONDER WOMAN original art that is based on the original 1973 SUPER FRIENDS design by ALEX TOTH. BOTH represent the WONDER WOMAN that I think most people prefer.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
WONDER WOMAN: BOLD NEW LOOK? I DON'T THINK SO!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICK!
Happy Birthday to my good friend, RICK GOLDSCHMIDT! Here's a photo of Rick and I in front of the GEORGE BARRIS KUSTOM SHOP in North Hollywood, CA. Rick (with his daughter, Sara and son, Josh) visited Southern California earlier this month. Be sure to check out Rick's RANKIN/BASS BLOG!
Monday, June 28, 2010
DEAN & JERRY!
A few blog readers have asked me about the availability of my 8x10 MARTIN AND LEWIS color cartoon art (shown above). The art is markers, brush & ink on art board, and available for $49.99 with $3 shipping (within the U.S.). E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
JACK IN THE BOX!
For those of us who have JACK IN THE BOX restaurants in our areas...wouldn't it be cool if the restaurants still looked like this? I think this fun, 1960s checkerboard building design would attract more customers! It gives off a feeling of fun.
ANGELS GAME PHOTOS!
Here's a few photos from the ANGELS game that Leslie and I went to yesterday. It was a great game with lots of action! The ANGELS beat the COLORADO ROCKIES, 10 - 3.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
ANGELS GAME TODAY!
Leslie and I are heading to the ANGELS game today! May stop off at DISNEYLAND (which is right across the freeway from the stadium) after the game.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Today marks the 50th anniversary of RON SANTO's CHICAGO CUBS debut! RON SANTO is one of my all-time favorite CUBS players, and CUBS fans everywhere hope to see him inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame soon. He deserves to be there!
Friday, June 25, 2010
PIXIE & DIXIE COMMISSION!
Here's a recent PIXIE & DIXIE commission! The image is based on that of a 1960s PIXIE & DIXIE puzzle. I did this piece for a classic cartoon lovin' firefighter! E-mail your commission requests to me at email@example.com.
TOM AND JERRY!
Here's a few more of the character art inkings I did for the TOM AND JERRY VINTAGE style guide. Click on them for larger views.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
A HIP HOPPER!
Above is a HOPPITY HOOPER cartoon painting that I did not long ago...and below is the 1966 HOPPITY HOOPER vs. SKIPPITY SNOOPER Tell-a-Tale book cover. HOPPITY HOOPER is one of my favorite JAY WARD characters!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I always liked LEE FALK's THE PHANTOM! The character reminds me of my Dad...he used to do sketches of THE PHANTOM for me when I was little.
NEW GOGOS COVER!
Here's a recent issue of BELA LUGOSI'S TALES FROM THE GRAVE! The cover features a very cool BELA LUGOSI painting by the great BASIL GOGOS.
Monday, June 21, 2010
OWSLEY PORTRAIT ART
Not only do I create cartoon art, but I also enjoy doing portraits. Friends, family...even pets! Above are my in-law's dogs, WRIGLEY & BELLA, created with brush, pen & ink on duralene. Below are my maternal grandparents, LOLA & WILLIAM STANLEY...created with graphite on art board. You can see more of my portrait samples at
OWSLEY PORTRAIT ART! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OWSLEY PORTRAIT ART! E-mail me at email@example.com.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Leslie and I hope all the Dads out there are having a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! Here's one of my favorite TV cartoon Dads, GEORGE JETSON.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
THE HULK - BRUCE TIMM
Too bad for us that modern-day super hero comic books don't feature characters that look like this anymore (and haven't for many years now). It's THE INCREDIBLE HULK in a JACK KIRBY-style, by BRUCE TIMM.
Friday, June 18, 2010
CAP'N CRUNCH COMIC - 1965 GIVE-AWAY!
Here's the cover to one of the 1965 CAP'N CRUNCH COMICS! You can see the entire comic at COMICRAZYS! I love the art in this comic! It was done by the JAY WARD Studio.
I'LL ADD COLOR!
Just reminding everyone that I'm still offering the 11x14 HANNA-BARBERA TV PALS black and white original art (shown above) for $74.99 plus $5 shipping within the U.S. The original art is brush, pen & ink on art board. If you'd like, I will do a COLOR re-creation of this 11x14 piece for $99.99 with $5 U.S. shipping, as well. I'll add the color with vibrant COPIC markers! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Saw this on-line...it's a crochet pattern for a large ELMER FUDD afghan. They used the detail of one of my ELMER FUDD LOONEY TUNES Licensing inkings on the pattern. Looks good!
Here's the DVD insert featuring my art for Volume 1 of CLUTCH CARGO - Creepy Cartoons! I did this for East West DVD of North Hollywood, CA. Thanks to Art Director Steve Banes for the work!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
FLIPPER & GILLIGAN!
From my collection...here's the 1966 Whitman GILLIGAN'S ISLAND book and the 1967 Whitman FLIPPER Sticker Fun book!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
SPECIAL PRICES! HANNA-BARBERA TV STARS COLOR ORIGINAL ART!
I'm offering very special prices on my 18x24 HANNA-BARBERA TV STARS color original art and its 14x17 color re-creation! The 18x24 piece (pictured above) is now only $199.99 with $10 First Class mail shipping & handling...and the 14x17 color re-creation is now only $149.99 with $5 First Class mail shipping & handling! Both vibrant, colorful pieces are markers, brush, pen & ink on art board. Pay safely and securely with PayPal. E-mail me at email@example.com for details!
FUNDAY FUNNIES & HOT STUFF!
Saw this over on JOHN K's blog. I love this FUNDAY FUNNIES and HOT STUFF ad!
Monday, June 14, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BURL IVES!
Happy 101st Birthday to BURL IVES!
SEND ME YOUR BEST OFFERS!
Check out my eBay original cartoon art listings with "priced-to-own" BUY IT NOW prices...or send me your BEST OFFER on some of my items! Just click HERE to see my listings! Some items include FREE shipping within the U.S.! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
IT'S ANOTHER DISNEYLAND DAY!
A beautiful day here in Southern CA! Leslie and I are heading to DISNEYLAND to meet up with good friends!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
ARCHIE PAPER DOLLS BOX - 1969
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here's a recent cartoon painting commission request...RANGER SMITH! Want me to create something for you? E-mail me at email@example.com!
2010 LICENSING INTERNATIONAL EXPO!
Nice to see that CLASSIC MEDIA used a couple pieces of my licensing art to decorate their booth at previous Licensing shows. That's my UNDERDOG art on the booth's lower right front wall...and my BULLWINKLE art on the booth's back wall. This week's 2010 LICENSING INTERNATIONAL EXPO was at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. I hope it was a big success for all attendees and exhibitors! I'm always available for your licensing art needs!
HB TV STARS 14X17 COLOR ORIGINAL ART! SPECIAL OFFER!
Here I go again!...I'm offering this SPECIAL OFFER for my 14x17 HANNA-BARBERA TV STARS color original art for ONLY $149.99! FREE shipping within the U.S., as well! This vibrant, colorful original art was created with markers, brush, pen & ink on 14x17 art board. Pay safely and securely through PayPal. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
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