In 1959 the Renwal Blueprint Models Co., of Mineola N.Y. produced a very intricate plastic model called “The Visible Man”. At 1/5 scale, it is still a very detailed reproduction of the human anatomy.
I don’t know what the original srp of this model was, but I’m sure for the time it wasn’t cheap. Not only did it come with hundreds of small model pieces, it also came with a nicely illustrated introduction to anatomy booklet, assembly instructions and guarantee/part replacement order form.
At some point I might actually assemble this guy properly, but this also requires painting all the small pieces and painstakingly gluing them all into place. I’m not a very patient person unfortunately.
Many thanks to J. Selby from Halo Tattoo in NY for the trade.
Here are some recent daily jobs
Here’s a tiger I did recently, before and after adding some background. The placement of the tattoo was to cover a scar
Zombie Merle from The Walking Dead played by actor Michael Rooker , and on the clients sane leg starting zombie Herschel…
Ode to Jack Kirby (above) and Gustav Klimt (below)
And this last guy wanted the “2 Pac” cross. He didn’t have enough for that so we simplified it to fit his budget
In 1966 the Topps Chewing Gum company put out the “Marvel Flyers”. There were 12 Marvel Flyer styrofoam gliders, but Spidey was obviously the sexiest one of all.
Top and bottom sides
For a mere dime (half the price of a loaf of white bread) you could have hours of fun zinging Spidey through the air
And got $1.20 you could have the whole set
1. Insert wing and tail.
2. It flies!
(Note: step 2 does not say “throw”)
1966 must’ve been fun
I’ve been gleaning a lot of inspiration from legendary comic artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko lately. Here are the results. All, except the 2001 painting which is 12″x12″, are 8″x10″ on black canvas. Which is a bitch to paint orange and yellow on. Some are commissions, some are trades, some are gifts, all are for fun.
In 1979 the shit must have been seriously piling up, or there must have been a shortage in super hero toilet paper, because under license of Marvel Comics Group the company Oh Dawn! Inc. released one of the most bizarre comic related items ever. “The Amazing Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk toilet paper”. Yes. Toilet paper. Shit tickets. With spider-Man and the Hulk printed on it.
Their images weren’t just on the box mind you, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The box itself is a nice collectible piece, featuring some original art by what looks to be John Romita Sr., although it could be by an artist named Dave Hunt who was known at the time to draw a decent Spidey for other licensed Marvel stuff, including comics.
The sides, including the top and bottom all had full color illustrations on them. Some were original for the square format, others were just stock photostats that were used over and over again for different products.
And while the outside shows Hulk and Spider-Man going at it, the inside tells another story all together. Literally.
The back of the box reads as follows “presenting an all-new, action-packed confrontation between Marvel’s mightiest super-stars!” This might have had something to do with the fact that both the spider and the green guy were on TV at the time.
So yea. There’s an original story printed right on the tissue.
So without further ado, I present to you “The Gamma Gambit” written by Jim Salicrup and Michael Higgens. Art credit isn’t given, but it appears to be by an early Hulk artist, Marie Severin
So there you have it. Both Bruce Banner and Peter Parker attend a gamma powered/atomic generator exhibition at Empire State University. But they weren’t the only two in attendance, as the Leader and his Mechanoid robot break on to steal it. Am I the only one who thought having an experiment like this at a college was a bad idea? Anyhoo…when the Leader goes to gamma-blast an innocent victim (Peter) Bruce jumps in to take the brunt of the blast. And you know what happens next. All in all, this story, expanded, would have made a fine issue of Marvel Team-Up for sure.
I don’t think ill ever wipe my butt with it tho. ‘Nuff said.
I painted an 8″x10″ sign for my local comic shop, Beyond Comics. The owner Jon is partial to The Mighty Thor, and there is no other better source to choose from than Jack “King” Kirby. I pulled an image from online of a classic “Marvel Masterworks” pin-up page. I was lucky to find a pen and ink version as well
So here is the commission in 5 easy steps. Actually, painting on black canvas is harder than it appears
Step 1. Blocking in of the colors
Step 2. Adding another layer of color. The black canvas doesn’t want to let the paint saturate very well, and if you continue to brush color over “wet” color, you’ll wipe it right off. Having a hair dryer handy really helps
Step 3. Lining in some black. This is the fun part, using a brush to “ink” the line details. This is the way the old guys did it, so this is the way I (try) to do it
Step 4. Blocked in the lettering in white, because under painting will help make the red I planned on using for the lettering brighter. Also added a few more color layers for depth
Step 5. I noticed Thor’s left arm looked kinda f*d up, so I decided to paint over it and re-do it. And last added red with white highlights to the Beyond Comics logo. Also adding the white outline around the figure shows off the line work better. All in all, a lot if fun to do. Thanks for inspiring me Jack!