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From the family…
Hall of Fame artist John Severin, one of the last of the legendary EC artists, has died at age 90. Severin—whose sister Marie was also a famed artist and colorist for Marvel—was among the greatest draftsmen of the EC crew. He was especially well known for his Western comics, which were meticulously researched and elegant in their line. [,,,more at The Beat]
Never had the opportunity and privilege to meet John Severin. I had started a portrait of him some days ago to fill a missing Wikipedia biography image. But with the news, that page has been polished in the last while and a relatively recent photo has been uploaded. Heartfelt condolences to the grieving family. John is a giant among his peers.
A few recent images
The talented creator Jay Piscopo of The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli has just released this year’s Commander X Christmas special for 2011. I contributed a pencil pinup of Commander X for the issue, which is a refreshing read published freely on the imprint’s website. Follow the link and enjoy this special production with comics, illustrated text stories and a lot of wonderful art.
There are times and incidents in everyone’s lives when the term coincidence can’t adequately describe an experience. Over the last month or so I’ve been searching the house and attic for a copy of a newspaper that published a drawing I’d done while in Lebanon in 1982. The drawing has to do with my experience with Syrian intelligence and military, that I want to include in a response (coming soon) to Tom Spurgeon’s coverage of the recent beating by Syrian authority thugs, and aftermath, of political cartoonist Ali Ferzat. The search has been to no avail and I’ve been resigned to the notion that I won’t have that art to use in the foreseeable future.
But last week I met by chance an old friend, Yisrael Medad, from the neighboring settlement Shilo, as I came out of the local supermarket. He was tending his grandchildren and we had a few moments to exchange some words. He asked if I was still drawing, we talked a little about comics, and then each went our way.
A few days later Yisrael posted a few words about me on his blog and included some scans of my early Israel art, one of which was the one I’ve been looking for this last month. I didn’t think to ask him if he had a copy of this issue, though he was one of the paper’s editors – and even though I should have, it turned out to be quite unnecessary. Something in the totality of the universe was apparently looking out for my need in this particular case, and wanted me to know that it didn’t need my intervention to get this scan.
I met Yisrael Medad around 1984 while living in the Jerusalem suburb settlement of Kfar Etzion (we both sported a much darker shade of gray then). He was associate editor of the English language newspaper, Counterpoint. I became an active contributor after its founder, Rachel Katzman (now Ginsburg, at Mishpacha Magazine) profiled me in one of the issues. I went on to produce a satire strip “Milk and Honey” while also drawing a series of covers. It was a time of much more involvement in the local political scene, long before it gave way to an active return to the comics arena in the early 2000′s. I’d however always intuitively tried to bridge the gap between the two worlds, and it’s now made easier with this recent article on Yisrael’s blog.
Yisrael Medad moved to Israel from the US with his wife in 1970. He’s served as a political aide to Knesset members and a government Minister; director of Israel’s Media Watch; guest columnist at the Jerusalem Post; and hosted a weekly show on Arutz 7 Radio. He’s been a lecturer at the Academy for National Studies and an op-ed contributor to various local journals. He’s currently associated with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. In short, Yisrael has nourished a strong presence in the public eye and is often called upon to be the English language spokesman representing the settlement bloc to foreign media.
Many thanks for the kind words in the blogpost, Yisrael, and likewise for having read my mind about needing a scan of that Syrian checkpoint drawing. Below are a few more images from that early Israel art era (click for larger).
Last year I drew a cover for Kfir, one of the titles in Ofer Zanzuri’s self-publishing comics enterprise here in Israel, Zanzuria Comics. It was the first of a three issue series. The remaining two issues are in final stages of production and will be published in the next couple of weeks.
Like so many Israeli creators, it’s a pretty amazing effort that has little to no financial backing from commercial publishers. The conditions here are that all Israeli comics seeing publication are doing so primarily through the dedication of the creators producing them. I’ve also been involved in background discussions with Ofer about Biblical history and undercurrents that Kfir is based on.
Ofer colored the cover to issue #2 (above left). It was nice to see the collaboration with the multi-talented creator. I went on to color the 3rd issue cover, mainly because we had a little more time for it than we’d originally thought. It is a sort of side-step from the direction I’ve been going in with commissioned art, as it takes me back to digital media and a more conventional drawing style. Here is the art for the last two covers I just finished.
Conan the Barbarian by Michael Netzer from 1977 (then Mike Nasser). Published in Savage Sword of Conan magazine, most likely issue #29, inside cover or pinup. 13×18″ sepia toned acrylic painting on illustration board. The photo is a little out of focus.
Caden is the young 8-9-year-old grandson of my good high-school friend, Joanne Dikeman. He’s also quite the artist, and sent me a drawing he did of me in January after my coming to Detroit Fan Fare last year. I promised him then to send him a drawing in return but it’s taken some time. Here’s an old bushy-haired man for the kid who likes to draw old bushy-haired men.
The Cover that Wasn’t
Below is the finished coloring of the rejected GL/GA #76 (above), combining it with the published cover, by Neal Adams.
Acrylics and concentrated water colors on 360 gr. quality water color paper.
The original is being offered for sale. For inquiries please contact me or Clifford Meth through the site contact form.