This thick as a brick book takes you from 1958 through 1960. When you look through these early pages you can see where artists like Darwyn Cooke and Adam Hughes got some of their influence. The stories in this volume have things so strange you’d think you were reading a Vertigo book. The difference is here the stories don’t have distracting political or sexual overtones that take away from the characters. Plus?these stories make sense. You’ll get to see all sorts of stuff, Mer-Men, dinosaurs, aliens, A walking Sphinx with laser beam eyes, gangsters and space ships. The entertainment is endless. It will be the best $16.99 that you’ve spent in a long time. http://www.dccomics.com
Moonstone has added some cover fun to this release with some variant covers. Variant covers A & B will ship 50/50 Cover A is by series artist Vincent Spencer who did a wonderful design layout that will catch a lot of eyeballs on the shelf. Cover B (for Beau?) is done by Billy Tucci who is known for his covers of beautiful women. Here, with the little help of a model that Busted Knuckles readers know all too well, Billy shows that he can also deal out the testosterone as well. Noted fantasy artist, Adam Bray comes to comics for the first time and colors this BEAUtiful cover over Tucci’s art. Cover C is the convention sketch edition. There will only be 250 of these limited books. It features Billy Tucci’s pencils and will only be available at The Big Apple Con in New York City November 16-18, 2007. J.C, Billy and Vincent will all be in attendance to sign these comics for you. I’m sorry to say that a certain model for the covers won’t be there this trip, but you may stagger into him at a local bar near you or perhaps in a gutter somewhere.
Issue #3 of ZOMBIE-PROOF promises a huge ending and quite a few surprises. There is a lot of interest from the folks in Hollywood on Zombie-Proof at the moment. I suggest you get on board before someone accuses you of being a bandwagon jumper. Check ZOMBIE-PROOF out at http://www.moonstonebooks.com and tell em’ Beau Smith-Male Model sent you.
Most of you know Graham from his work at Marvel and DC Comics. Graham was one of the co-creators of the legendary Batman villain BANE. Graham’s work includes long runs on Batman, The Atom, The Phantom and many more of your favorite superheroes.
Coming up in the very near future you can catch some of Graham’s latest work for Marvel in their MARVEL ADVENTURES comics as he does IRON MAN the way he should be. You’ll have to check that out. Keep in mind, you may not have seen the last of me in comic strips yet. I may show up in your daily paper again. Remember, my other good amigo and COBB artist, Eduardo Barreto is also the daily artist on JUDGE PARKER. Beware.
You’ll see and hear more about Marlin Shoop very soon as I unleash more news on our CYNTHIA ROTHROCK project and other exciting stuff. Check out Marlin’s site at http://www.myspace.com/marlinshoop.
The movie is without a doubt one of the scariest vampire/horror films I’ve ever seen. The contrast of snow and blood makes for nightmares to come this winter. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do so. If you’re into Halloween then this is the time of year for you to scare yourself. Oh, and make sure you look for the burly character named Beau in the movie. He might remind you of someone.
They also talked about Dean’s latest project at IDW Publishing Milton Caniff’s TERRY AND THE PIRATES collection of strips. (in order) This is a huge book and done with the most exquisite formatting and quality in comics today. It is packaged under Dean’s new imprint LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS. It is truly a book that should be on everyone’s shelf that loves comics and the history of them. You can check that out at http://www.idwpublishing.com.
Dean was on his way back from the SPX convention in Maryland. It was the first convention Dean had done in 12 years. There he met up with some other long time friends of Beau such as the lovely Diana Schutz from Dark Horse and the not so lovely Bob Schreck from Vertigo/DC Comics. Dean also had the chance to hook up with his former art director at Eclipse Comics, Chris Pitzer, who is the genius behind AdHouse Books. (Note that Chris is also a native West Virginian.) All in all it was a good time for Dean as he reconnected with an industry that he not only loves, but helped progress in creator rights through his work at Eclipse Comics.
Busted Knuckles Manly Cover Of The Week
Planet Of Vampires
Atlas Comics 1975
Cover art by Pat Broderick and Neal Adams
Story by Larry Hama.
What a wonderful book that is known by few. Planet Of Vampires was top notch action/adventure, horror and sci-fi all in the perfect blend. It was like a great movie that someone was smart enough to put to print. Atlas comics weren’t around very long, but they sure made an impression while they were here. Top notch artists and really interesting characters. As many of you know, I’ve been trying to find a way to get the Atlas line back out there for many years. I hope one day to find a way to make this happen. Not only do today’s reader’s need to see this stuff, but there is a canvas just waiting for new stories of these fun characters.
Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week
Last week I told you about how the new NBC show LIFE is the best of the new Fall season. Well, it continues to get even better with every episode and puts all the other new shows face down in the dirt. Another reason I like the show is because it is gonna be a major springboard for actress Sarah Shahi who plays detective and recovering drug addict Dani Reese on the show. LIFE has given Sarah the perfect place to show what a really good actress she is and her vast amount of range. She’s Texas born and raised with a resume that includes The Sopranos, Sleeper Cell, Supernatural and Alias. She is beautiful beyond belief, but in LIFE they keep her beauty low key and realistic to her job, but slowly unpeel layers to her character that leave you dying to know more. I highly suggest you catch LIFE to see what a great actress Sarah is. Today I’m providing the eye candy part.
Well this weekend I headed down to North Carolina for a family wedding. (I’m not much on wedding and funerals.) It was a quick trip across borders. Left in the morning and back early Saturday. Too much to do here, so there’s no time to lay around out of state.
Crummy weather here. Rain, cold and gloomy. I know everybody needs the rain, but I still don’t like it. Least favorite weather of all.
I’ll see all of you here next week. Bring some friends with you.
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