This week is gonna be a series of “Bullet Points” (hollow and metal jacketed kind) to inform and hopefully entertain you. As you can tell by the illustrations by Eduardo Barreto, my creation and character of Cobb is here to provide a visual aid in case you miss the point? (again, hollow or metal jacketed.)
The clip is full so let’s shove it in the gun and get to firing.
Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men? Flint Henry Knows!
Most all of you out there know all the current hot artists of comics. Names like John Cassaday, Jim Lee, Bryan Hitch, David Finch, Frank Quitely and Alex Ross. Those are pretty impressive names and a pretty talented bunch. They do high profile books mostly with major Marvel and DC characters. It’s not hard to find their work. The internet news sites and print magazines see to it that you pretty much know when these guys sneeze.
I feel it’s my job to try and introduce and sometimes reintroduce you Knuckleheads to things in pop culture that may slip by your entertainment radar. After all, everyone knows where to find McDonald’s, Burger King and Applebee’s, but isn’t it great when you find that little Italian place that serves the best pasta, or that little pub that has all the best beer that you’ve never tried?
Today I’m gonna take you down one of those little side streets where pop culture hides one of it’s gems. It comes in the form of the artist Flint Henry. American born and raised, not the British artist with the reverse name of Henry Flint. Those two guys have been getting each other mail for years.
Some of you Knuckleheads know of Flint’s work from his run on the very popular book Grimjack. He has a very hardcore following from that series that still sings his praises on various message boards. Now and then you can find them stepping all over themselves on Ebay when the rare piece of Flint Henry original art goes up for bid. Flint has done a wide variety of work in comics and entertainment. He has worked for every major publisher at one point or another. He put his pencil to paper for series such as The Punisher, Man-Bat, Aliens, Spawn, Lawdog, Batman and even some of my own books like Parts Unknown, Guy Gardner Warrior, and Dogs Of Danger.
Flint was one of the toy designers that got McFarlane Toys off the ground. He also has done tons of work for every major game company. Recently after doing covers and character designs for Image Comics Iron Ghost, Flint was catching up on his commissions. He sent me down a shot of a recent one he did for a guy of the famous pulp hero The Shadow. Even after knowing Flint and his work for 20 years, my manly lantern jaw dropped at the sight of this amazing piece of work.
Not only did Flint capture the pulp feel that The Shadow has to have, but he also caught that wonderful painted movie poster look that has been used from everything from James Bond films to Star Wars. If you look at this art you’ll see that it is a lesson in drawing. You see the different layers that set up your eyes for movement and staging. You see how the open art brings your eye to the thrust of the piece and the detailed, intricate, and ornate backgrounds give The Shadow a stage to shine on.
His use of lighting is a masterstroke. You can see it give his clothing and face the power and feel that it needs. As far as reference, look at the pistols and the machine gun. They are almost so real you can smell the gunpowder. I’m not even gonna mention the price the guy paid for this piece. Let’s just put it this way?.he got a hell of a deal.
Flint is known for his work in horror related comics, but folks tend to forget that he does a wonderful animated style as well as some really great two-fisted manly stuff. People have compared his stuff to that of Michael Golden, Art Adams, Geoff Darrow and Bruce Timm. I can tell you that the mention of those names to Flint would make him blush if blushing was manly. Those are all artists that Flint admires and counts as influences. His major art hero is the great Wally Wood. Not a bad guy to have as an art hero.
I’ve posted up a couple of other pieces of Flint’s work for ya to drool on. If you ever need to get in contact with Flint you can just shoot me an email and I’ll see that he gets it. I hope that you enjoy this art of The Shadow. It has my manly seal of testosterone approval.
I Have The Power? American Power!
My amigo and sometimes writing partner, Chuck Dixon has something very worthwhile and interesting going on at his site right now. He is offering to put the script to his very controversial book American Power in your hands?or on your computer, for a very good cause. I realize that my SBC buddy Blair has already hit this in All The Rage, but then again, we don’t call each other up to see what the other is wearing every week so you are gonna get it again here in Busted Knuckles. It’s that important. Besides, I had already written this up. Here is a message with the details from Chuck:
- I’ve decided to offer, via download, the scripts for the two issues of American Power that I wrote for CrossGen.
This is the comic that, sight-unseen, caused such deliberation and condemnation in the comics community. Now you’ll have an opportunity to see for yourself what the fuss was all about.
How can you get them? There’s only one way.
Use this link to go to booksforsoldiers.com and make a donation to this fine effort that supplies our fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan with books, CDs and DVDS of their choosing for free.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and make a donation in any amount to them via Paypal.
THEN, forward the e-mail confirmation of your donation to: email@example.com
You will then be emailed in return a Word file containing the two completed scripts for both the Free Comic Book Day edition of American Power (a full script for 22 pages of comics) as well as the intended script for what was to be American Power #1. Included in this file will be scans (from the original art) of both covers and several, completed, interior pages. This material has only ever been seen by a few CrossGen staff members and now it can be yours to inspect?
Books For Soldiers is an all-volunteer, charitable organization that basically provides a FREE service to our soldiers on the frontlines of the War on Terror. It allows them to order the same books, CDs and DVDs that you can order right now for FREE. These provide hours of entertainment to break up the tedium or juts take away the loneliness or homesickness for a little while. Like all media product in these combat zones, these paperbacks, comics, movies and music will be shared by countless troops. I highly endorse this charity and its work. I have collected money for it at conventions and store appearances and always found comic fans to be more than generous. We can ALL relate to being stuck somewhere with lots of time to kill and nothing to read, right?
And please, this is an honor thing, don’t share the download. Anyone who wants it can have it for ANY level of donation. Tell your friends but keep the file to yourself.
Thanks in advance from me and our fightin’ folks!
Tell em’ Beau sent ya.
Modern Masters-Walt Simonson
Here is another item that is coming up in your near future that you DO NOT wanna miss out on. The fine folks at TwoMorrows are coming out with another edition of Modern Masters and this time they are spotlighting one of the nicest and most talented guys in the business-Walt Simonson.
The book is over 100 pages and is crammed full of great art and words with Mr. Modesty-Walt Simonson. My buddy from Westfield Comics, the best place to order your comics, Roger Ash has worked hard and put together this great book that any comic book fan must have.
The Diamond Distribution order number for this book is MAY06 3444 and it is on page 364 of Diamond Previews.
Here is a direct link to the book on the TwoMorrows site to fill you in on everything you need to know about this great book.
Walt Simonson is one of the guys that helped me get into the comic book business so many years ago. He was a major help with how to write , present and pitch a comic book. I will always be in his debt for that. Thank you, Walt!
As always, tell em’ Beau sent ya.
Mike Baron Gets The Big Head
Another guy that went out of his way to help me get into the business and help me with my writing is Mike Baron. Mike is one of the most talented, smart writers in comics. He is the creator of such classic stuff as Nexus, The Badger and wrote a hell of a run on The Punisher. He is also a real character. He has never been afraid to say what’s on his mind and you can bet it’s always interesting. He’s a grinder and as blunt as a sledgehammer.
Mike has a new web comic up and I highly suggest you check it out. It’s called The Architect. You can find it at http://www.bigheadpress.com.
Mike has done this with the talented Andie Tong. You may end up putting this on your bookmarks. If you like that and want more of Mike’s words to beat upon you then check his website out at http://www.bloodyredbaron.com.
Make sure you tell that Kung Fu nut that Beau sent ya.
Getting Lucky With Lois Lane
I thought I’d take this space to remind or inform you that I also write a monthly column for The Comics Buyer’s Guide and have for over a year now. It’s a little different from Busted Knuckles, but just as manly. It’s called “Dottin’ The Eyes.” I tend to hit one big subject there. Right now issue #1618 is on the stands. I just finished writing the column for issue #1620. It’s all about my love for Lois Lane. That’s right, Lois Lane? Superman’s woman! I figure if you’re gonna take a man’s woman away from him you might as well take from the biggest and strongest. That way I will immortalize my place as THE Alpha Male of comic books.
That Dottin’ The Eyes will show up in CBG #1620. I don’t want y’all to miss my John Hinkley love letter to Lois. So make sure you pick it up so you can see me expose Superman for the creep that he really is and why he doesn’t deserve a fine babe like Lois Lane. My Superman theory will shine a new light on his evil conspiracy to keep Lois under his super thumb.
Check out the CBG website at http://www.cbgxtra.com.
Tell em’ Beau sent ya.
Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week
– actress and object of lust
Nadia is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, mega-beauty. She acts, sings,plays all kinds of instruments, is a former beauty queen and is half Swedish, half Persian and all beautiful. You may have seen her on TV in films or in my lurid dreams. Her name is even being thrown about as a possible Wonder Woman for the upcoming movie.
What do you think?
Busted Knuckles Manly Cover Of The Week
Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #70
Since I’ve already mentioned my love for Lois Lane I might as well let the other cat out of the bag. This may come as a shocker to most of you out there, but I own quite a collection of Lois Lane comic books. From 1958 to 1974 this was the most insane comic book series ever. The stories were so crazy they made Vertigo comics looks normal.
You never knew what you were gonna get in this series. Lois was loving, obsessive, insane, jealous, aggressive, fearless, and never predictable except for trying to get that goofball Superman to marry her. There was never any bad art in this entire run of comics. The covers were the most incredible eye-catching ones of that time. Even the cover blurbs were pure genius.
This was always one of my favorites. An insane story and by the looks of the cover you knew somebody was gonna start tearing clothes off any second. A catfight with beautiful babes in costumes and high heels is always manly? to watch.
Make sure you show up for my CBG column on Lois Lane. You will die laughing or call the authorities to lock me up. Your choice.
More On Cobb: Off The Leash
As you know, Cobb: Off The Leash comes out at the end of this month. The request for the free signed Cobb print has been overwhelming?for any other mortal, but I, Beau Smith, am up to the task. I am still offering the free B&W signed print to anyone, anywhere in the world that wants it. All you have to do is email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see that you get yours.
This week I got the advance copies of Cobb: Off The Leash in. There are two covers. One the regular cover with the cast from Cobb on it and then there is the variant (One for every 15 the retailer orders) that is truly an “In Your Face” pose of Cobb by Eduardo Barreto. I thought you guys would like to see what you’ll be looking for from you local comic shop retailer.
Tell em’Beau sent ya.
Outnumbered, But Never Outgunned
I hope you enjoyed this week’s “Bullet Point” Busted Knuckles. I’m tried to give ya lots to look at and more to think about. Lemme know if it works.
Cobb: Off The Leash – Outnumbered, But NEVER Outmanned
In the meantime I’ll let ya get back to whatever things you do when you aren’t here listening to me. Hopefully it’s fun stuff and nobody catches ya. As always let me know what your thoughts are and if you have any Lois Lane stuff you think I’d like? SEND IT TO ME! I’ll get her to leave that big blue loser yet.
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