Art Show: I’d fly with that guy.


By Lorenzo Etherington.


By Nate Simpson.


Art Show: No jacket, Adam. You didn’t think it through did you?

Pirate Girl

By Katie Shanahan. [Art Jumble]

Undersea Agent

By Gil Kane. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

It’s Valkyrie, Airboy!

By Fred Kida. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

After the break: Sandmen, Shang Chi and Friends, Wonder Woman, magic, creeps, and a space barbarian.


By Evan “Doc” Shaner. [Comic Twart]

Secret Avengers

By Mike Deodato, Jr. [Comic Book Resources]

Wonder Woman

By Mike Kretz. [Pink of the Ink]

By Adam Hughes. [Bleeding Cool]


By Wendi Chen. [Art Jumble]

Creepy Friends

By Fossfor. [Art Jumble]

Interplanetary Warrior

By Jim Steranko. [Giant-Size Geek]

Art Show: Every Girl Wants a Pony


Cosplayer Unknown; PhotoShopping by theblackhauke.

Bentlys Trading Post

By Robert McGinnis. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Faeries, aliens, and more superheroes (some of them in fishnets) after the break.

Outside the Law

By Raymond Pease [Illustrateurs]

Zatanna and Black Canary

Cosplayers Unknown; PhotoShopping by theblackhauke.


Cosplayer Unknown; PhotoShopping by theblackhauke.


By Yoshitaka Amano. [Illustrateurs]

John Carter of Mars

By Andy Kuhn. [ComicTwart]

Et Oui, J’ai Vu Avatar

By Mathieu Reynès.

Hulk vs Iron Man

By Das Chupa.

Fantastic Skyline

By Christopher Bennett. [Kirby-Vision]


Art Show: Illustrateurs

If you like the Art Show feature here, you need to add Illustrateurs to your blogroll or RSS feed right away. Chris Mautner linked to it from Robot 6 and I’m hooked. So hooked, in fact, that I’m dedicating an entire Art Show post to sharing just a tiny taste of what’s going on over there. Every post of theirs is stuffed full of more amazing art just like the images below.

The Deadly Lady of Madagascar

By Robert Maguire.

Fire Fight for the Village

By Mort Künstler.

Jungle people, giant reptiles, derring-do, and more after the break.

Tarzan and the Great Confrontation

By Enrique Torres Prat.

Jungle Woman

By Alfonso Azpiri.

“You’re New Around Here, Aren’t You?”

By Bernie Wrightson.


By Viktor Vasnetsov.

Giacomo C

By Werner “Griffo” Goelen.

Sergeant Gregory’s Escape

By Mort Künstler.


By Justin Sweet.

The Mists of Asceltis

By Jean-Luc Istin.


Elsewhere on the Internets…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so there’s more stuff than usual to share. Here’s some of what else I’ve been up to online lately. I’ll probably need one or two more posts like this to catch up to the rest.

Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs

There were two things that always got me excited as a kid: pirates and medieval stuff. Whether it was King Arthur, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood, or something else, I always thrilled to tales of chivalry, plate mail, and yew bows. But then I found Star Wars and everything else didn’t seem as exhilarating anymore.

Well, now I’m grown up and Star Wars has lost nearly all its shine. Jack Sparrow has rekindled my love for swashbuckling scoundrels of the seas, but so far nothing has gotten me excited about castles and wizards again. Not until Demons of Sherwood, that is. Bo Hampton and Robert Tinell’s webcomic turned graphic novel has everything a good medieval story needs: knights, damsels (sometimes in distress; sometimes rescuing distressed fellas), merry men, spooky woods, noblemen of questionable trustworthiness, holy relics, and enough of the supernatural to make things interesting without turning the whole thing into a fantasy tale. It’s also very grounded in reality.

I’m not talking so much about research or historical accuracy, though it may have those things going for it too as far as I know. What I mean is that the art and the script have weight to them. The story reads as if it’s happening to real people, in spite of the utterly fantastic things that are going on around them.

Read more here.

When I reviewed Book One of The Good Neighbors back in the day, I was struck with the maturity that Black and Naifeh brought to their story. Black’s known for The Spiderwick Chronicles and Naifeh’s known for all sorts of kid-friendly stuff like Courtney Crumrin, Death Jr., and Polly and the Pirates. The Good Neighbors, on the other hand, is about a college girl named Rue whose mother is missing and whose father is a suspect in not only Mom’s disappearance, but also the death of one of Rue’s schoolmates. I was impressed with how dark and serious the story was, but how at the same time Black and Naifeh kept the characters lively enough to prevent it from becoming oppressive. They continue that balance in Book Two.

At the end of the first volume, Rue learned that her mother was a faerie; the daughter of the Faerie King who was won in a bet by Rue’s human father. But one of the conditions of the prize was that Rue’s mom would return to her people if Rue’s father were ever unfaithful, which he was. Which explains Mom’s disappearance. The dead student was a related, but tangential casualty of another faerie-related matter. As it turns out, Rue’s paternal grandfather is planning a takeover of Rue’s town and the local faerie activity is getting out-of-control as a result. The trouble is that no one but Rue – thanks to her mother’s heritage – can see it. In Kith, Grandpa’s plan takes a huge step forward as he demonstrates how far he’s willing to go to achieve it. And those who oppose him demonstrate how far they’re willing to go to stop him.

So, I don’t know how you feel about faeries. They’re rarely near the top of my list of Things That Are Awesome, but I think that’s largely because of what Disney’s done to the concept. Not that I hate Disney, but they’ve turned faeries into Things That Are Quaint. Read the original tales – or, say, Mike Mignola’s take on them in Hellboy – and you remember that these can be malicious, scary creatures. Those are the kinds of faeries in The Good Neighbors. They’re intelligent, scheming, and utterly inhuman in their priorities and motivations. Black gives us the first hint of this in Book One when a flashback reveals the complete inability of Rue’s mother to relate to or comfort her daughter. When Rue comes home in tears because her friends laughed at her at school, her mother’s response is was to smile coldly and say something like, “How nice. You made them laugh.” Maybe it’s the parent in me, but I found that chilling.

Read the rest here.

What Are You Reading

Made some quick comments about Maus for Robot 6’s weekly feature.

Robot 6’s Holiday Haul

The other 6ers and I talked about our comics-related holiday gifts, both given and received.


The 31 Monsters of Halloween: The Unseelie Court



Art Show: Nowhere in the Void was there a Greater Menace!

A Flare of Menace

Artist Unknown [Galactic Central]

Queen Ran

By Peter Hurd [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Today’s Mermaid

Artist Unknown [Never Sea Land]

Shuna and the Lost Tribe

By Reginald Heade [American Pulps and Magazines]

Julie Fishing

By Craig Harris.


By Per Haagenson [Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs]

Black Widow (and friends)

By Craig Rousseau.

By Bruce Timm. [Brother Calvin]


By Craig Rousseau again. [Comic Books!]

Cernnunos Lady

By Viona Art. [Brother Calvin]

The Octopus of Space

By Edmond Swiatek [Poulpe Pulps]