Tying in to today’s episode of my podcast, Gutter Trash, where we review Mario Bava’s 1968 adaptation of the Italian comic book, Danger: Diabolik.
Fulfilling a request by my pal Joe G. The only thing I really know about B’wana Beast is from his appearance in Grant Morrison’s Animal Man comic, and appearing on a Batman: Brave and The Bold, the Justice League cartoon (which I Joe and I do a podcast about) and having more action figures than any DC character that isn’t Superman or Batman.
This was fun to draw.
I have gone on at length about my love of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil before, so again, he’ll probably pop up once or twice throughout the next year. Decided to have a DD vs. DD faceoff with the Golden Age Daredevil (or Death Defying Devil, if you’re Alex Ross and Dynamite). I love the bizarreness in the looks of certain golden age characters.
Drew this one entire with a brush pen. I need to work with one more. I think part of my tax return will be going toward brush pens.
As I think I mentioned when I did The Spectre piece earlier, I was a big fan of the John Ostrander/Tom Mandrake run on the book. During the later part of their story, they introduced Michael Holt as a suicidal man that The Spectre helps out by telling Holt the life story of Terry Sloan, the golden age Mr. Terrific. Inspired, Holt becomes the new Mr. Terrific and The Spectre takes another step toward his redemption.
Goddammit, that’s a great series. Fuck you, DC Comics.
Anyhoo, I honestly never expected to see the new Mr. Terrific beyond that issue of The Spectre. Imagine my surprise when he joined the reformed Justice Society and become one of my favorite characters in that series. It’s hard to believe anyone with “FAIR PLAY” stitched onto their costume would be a character that is anything but a giant mound of cheese. That’s what good writing gets you. What the fuck happened to you, Geoff Johns? Go write your stupid rainbow fan fiction and silver-age (but edgy and dark!) wankfests.
Eh. Human Torch. He’s dead. Spoilers. My guess: He’ll be back in about 11 months, right around the time that the Fantastic Four comic would have reached issue #600.
My friend Brian John Mitchell is kind of a jackass, but he’s a loveable one. He’s also super talented, extremely ambitious and the single most productive human being I’ve ever met. He owns and operates his own record label/comic publishing/web-zine empire called Silber Media. I think he’s also in 38 different bands, he’s constantly touring and constantly making the tiniest comic books in existence.
Among his comics are: Lost Kisses, Just a Man, Worms, XO, Mecha and many others, including Cops & Crooks, of which I drew half. I’m also currently wrapping up another comic I’m drawing for him called Monthly. I’m drawing it out of spite. However, I’m in good company with other books drawn by Kurt Dinse, Jason Young and some dude named Dave Sim.
Brian recently interviewed 209 cartoonists and comic artists, including myself. I can guarantee you I have the dickiest responses amongst the thousands of folks he questioned. Check those out here.
Brian had asked me to draw all the listeners of my podcast. I told him he wasn’t allowed to request anything anymore. But, here’s a representation of him and his company and logo.
This did not turn out as I had hoped. I was able to channel my inner Burne Hogarth a little, though.
John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake’s Spectre is one of the most underrated comics ever published, and it’s criminal that DC a) has never properly reprinted the book and b) soiled the character with Hal Jordan.
Crispus Allen is a fine Spectre, though. I have no idea if he still is the host or not.
I might try to draw more superhero secret identities. We’ll see.
Ok, so let’s get this out of the way, first. I love Green Arrow. I’m a huge fan of Mike Grell’s run, the legendary Denny O’Neill/Neal Adams revamp, and apparently the only person who thought Judd Winick did a great job in his short run. I even really dig Chuck Dixon’s run, especially the Connor Hawke issues. I dig Ollie. I think he’s great, I’ve even drawn him before.
With that said, I started doodling a trucker looking dude on a post-it note, and with the glasses, trucker hat and beard, I realized it kinda looked like Green Arrow with his Robin Hood hat, mask and goatee. A White Trash Green Arrow.
Folks, I’m a fucking genius, is what I’m getting at here. See, there’s nothing about G.A. that isn’t White Trash! He’s got like 59 illegitimate children, one of ’em who got hooked on smack, had his own illegitimate kid, slept with his “mother” (Black Canary) and then lost his arm, becoming a criminal after keeping a dead cat. Ollie’s other “kid” has HIV and was a child prostitute. Connor turned out okay. Ollie is also in a semi-abusive relationship with Black Canary and they keep going back to each other despite the fact that perhaps it would be better if they didn’t. So B.C. gets the White Trash treatment too.
Also, I’ve received an official request for a Black Canary. This isn’t it. I’ll draw a proper Dinah later.
Finally, I had thought of adding a White Trash Green Lantern to round out a White Trash Hard Traveling Heroes. But White Trash Hal Jordan ain’t gonna wear no faggoty ring.
I’ssa zombie. Oddly enough, I just started playing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare. Western zombies. I’m a little rattled right now.