Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Comic Panel Cut-Ups

Here are four inaugural pieces in my new Comic Panel Cut-Ups series of cut paper and gouache paintings, offering my own spin on the oft-used pop art perspective. What I hope comes through in these initial attempts is the fact that all are taken from comics that are personal favorites, books I have owned much of my life, some since childhood. The chosen panels have stuck with me through the years, odd and curious images that have, undoubtedly, informed much of my other illustration work. Though discounted here, they are also available at regular prices through Comic Art Collective.

FIND THE MAN WITH THE SOUTHERN DRAWL! Another of my childhood favorites, Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, busting down some slumlord’s door, an enigmatic glass drinking flute waiting to greet him. From Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #15, November, 1973, published by Marvel Comics, original art by Billy Graham. For one of my personal Cage memories, see Septimius Versus Power Man on the Living Room Floor at Comic, J.W.E. Cut paper and gouache watercolor on Bristol board. 6 ½“ x 7 ½“. SOLD

ARRR! Uh-oh, it looks like the teenage Clark Kent is playing Fay Wray to a King Kong-sized Superboy. It’s hard to beat just about any issue of the Superman titles from the 60s for their sheer lunacy and constant desire to reassign the familiar Super logo. From Superboy #142, October 1967, published by DC Comics, original art by George Papp and Frank Springer. Cut paper and gouache watercolor on Bristol board. 5 ½“ x 10 ½“. $60.00

ZIING! RROAR! RRIIIP The justifiably forgotten Jigsaw, Man of a Thousand Parts, does his best Mr. Fantastic impersonation, ensnaring an escaped lion. Oh, those accident-prone circus trains! From Jigsaw #1, September, 1966, published by Harvey Comics, original art by Tony Tallarico. Cut paper and gouache watercolor on Bristol board. NOTE: Image is partly out of focus due to being over-sized for scanner. 11 ½“ x 8“. $80.00