Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Some ol' stuff--



I thought I'd wrap up the month with two of April's biggest fools; Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton. The Phantom and Lou Albano issues were big leaps away from what my idea of Honeymooners stories should have been, but when you've got partners that are footing the bill you have to make them happy too. The Phantom issue was a complete "sell out" cashing in on the then wildly popular play. But the Lou Albano one was done for a good cause- each copy came with an envelope that you could use to mail a donation to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Lou was a Fundraising Chairman.

The Lou Albano cover was laid out by the legendary DC comics cover artist
Win Mortimer. In the late '40s Win illustrated almost every cover of Detective Comics.









The flying '55 Chevy Christmas cover was one of the most fun pieces for me because I finally got the chance to do a panoramic shot of Brooklyn. My friend Ted Camut helped me with the car rendering and the airbrush effects. This was my attempt at a DELL comics style cover.

8 comments:

Kelvin said...

awesome that you post so much....great work vince

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

are these markers vince? jeez!

Dorota said...

Great work Vince.

Vince M. said...

Kelvin- Thank you.

John- God Bless you, you inspire me every day.

Dorota- I love your enthusiasm and respect your leadership qualities. Your friendship is very much appreciated.

It's so nice to come home to comments from people you love and respect.
It's also great to be around all of my friends at DCP all day. Everyone should have at least one job like this in their lives.

spenceman said...

Epic work! Wow. What a blast to do comic book covers...

Looking forward to more Crumb/Bakshi-inspired doodles...

By the way, I understand your DCP sentiments: I used to work there for many years and it's the artists who made it memorable and an enjoyable place to be. I still reflect fondly over a name plate John Quinn drew of me nakedly snuggling on a mushroom which was in fact a large penis head. Good times. Beyond that, everything else was a dull pain.

Vince M. said...

Thanks, Todd. I'm glad you decided to stop by and comment, I really appreciate it. I'm a big fan of your blog, always great visually and I really enjoy reading what you have to say.

We met years ago, at one of Ruth Clampett's Holiday parties, back in the old Warner Bros. Studio Stores days. I hope I get the chance to see you again in the future.

Take care, buddy.

PJ said...

I just have to say how beautiful those covers are - the composition and color on the Christmas Special is really stellar Vince!

Vince M. said...

Thanks, PJ. I really worked my butt off on that one. I actually drew sketches of buildings in Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge (on back cover), to make it authentic. That's the Williamsburg Bank Building to the left of the car, one of my favorite Brooklyn landmarks.