Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jack Davis

Mad Mr. Holmes

Jack Davis started working in the comics industry in the early 50's.  He drew for many of the EC Comics titles like "Tales from the Crypt", "Frontline Combat" and "Two-Fisted Tales.  He was also one of the first artists to work on Harvey Kurtzman's "Mad" magazine.  He has won numerous awards over the years and was inducted into the Comic Book Hall Of Fame in 2003.

I was thrilled and honoured when Mr. Davis did this wonderful drawing of Sherlock Holmes for me back in 2007.  This is a great piece from one of "The Usual Gang of Idiots" from Mad magazine.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ernie Chan

Sherlock on the Trail

Ernie Chan started in the comics industry in the early 1970's.  He began working on Marvel's "Conan the Barbarian" in 1973 and worked on and off on the title for almost 20 years.  He had long runs as an artist on DC's Batman titles and from 1975-77 he was DC's primary cover artist.  

I contacted Mr. Chan through his website and commissioned this Sherlock Holmes piece from him in 2008.  All I asked for was Sherlock Holmes and left the rest up to him.  This peice with all the detail he put into it (the background buildings, street lights, etc) is simply amazing. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sheldon Moldoff

Have you ever heard of Batman?

One of the great Golden Age artists, Sheldon Moldoff was a prolific artist and cover artist for DC comics.  He drew the first cover featuring the Golden Age Green Lantern, worked on some of the earliest comics featuring the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and was one of Bob Kane's "ghost artists" working on Batman. 

A number of years ago, Sheldon was coming up to Toronto and I bought a couple of pieces from him and asked about a piece featuring Sherlock Holmes and Batman.  This is the piece he did for me.  He said it was the first time he had ever been asked to draw Sherlock Holmes.  A few years ago he redid the image for another collector with some minor changes.