Monday, 9 May 2016

Blondie 1945 vs 1956

These two strips were recently sold at auction. Interesting to see the differences in timing and artwork.

Guess these are not the only two versions of the same gag?
If you have one feel free to scan and to post a link. Would be fun to see more versions. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Keaton, Eisenstein and Disney

Saw this piece on eBay a while ago. Four Mickey illustrations in a frame.
Seller writes: "Drawn and stamped by the Disney studios vintage 1930's exclusively for Buster Keaton and personally signed by Walt Disney."

I wrote to the seller who said "We took our piece to Disney Corporate in Burbank to the Archive Records Division and they have confirmed that it is a piece that Walt signed for from illustration to have for his personal use as a gift."

It's simply a bad tracing of the Mickey Mouse daily from 2-21, 1930.
And I've told the seller so.
Do the seller write that information in the description after re-listing it? No.
I wonder why...
And they want $15.000 for it.
Good luck selling it! There are suckers out there. You might just catch one.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Daan Jippes...

... turned 70 last week!
Here's a drawing I did to celebrate him.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Mystery page

Just read Tom and Jerry #247 (Gold Key, 1969) and in the back of that book this page appears out of the blue:

Looks like the final page of a longer story.
No title page. This is what we get. Odd, eh?

I guess this is a reprint from a mid fifties issue? Would be nice to read the full story. If you know where it was published, feel free to leave a comment. :-)

Friday, 28 August 2015

Same, same, but different

I was reading two different, old issues of Kalle Anka & C:o recently.
Nice reading while having a lazy day in the countryside.

But... two of the stories were not that different. Hmm...
Why use a good plot once if you can do it twice. ;-)

Stories from WDC 166 (1954) and Scamp 16 (1960).
The Pluto story was written by Don Christensen and the Scamp story was probably a re-write by someone else.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Disney Magazines: The main characters and their background

The 1978 Gutenberghus writers guide to the Disney characters.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

New storyboards

Seven new storyboards to the cartoon Donald's Nephews has been added to that section of the blog, thanks to the observant Andrea Cara! Thanks!
Click HERE to find the boards.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Housemaid's Knee

This piece was auctioned last sunday on Heritage.

 The description reads: " Donald Duck Partially Inked Daily Comic Strip Original Art (King Features Syndicate, undated)"

It's quite obvious that this is a badly traced strip, partially inked by an amateur. Not an unfinished KFS strip. Still, someone paid ca $155 for it!
Not a forgery, but not the real deal and practiacally worthless. 

The real February 4, 1955 daily can be seen here:

Saturday, 20 December 2014

A "new" Russell Patterson painting

Here's something you don't see every day. An unpublished painting by Russell Patterson!
I had never seen or heard about this piece before. But thanks to the owner, Claude Elenewich, I'm happy to show it here on the blog. Thanks, Claude!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peg-Leg Pete

Walked past a building on Flower Street in Glendale last Monday.
Seems to be a Peg-Leg Pete fan working there. :-)

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Rare Rabbit

Cough, cough! Home with a cold and feeling all dizzy.
Trying to organize all the files that has been piling up on my desktop into proper folders.
While doing that I found this piece.

It looks like a try-out strip for a never produced daily version of Brer Rabbit/Uncle Remus/Song of the south.
The Uncle Remus sunday page began in 1945 and the contents of this strip is similar to the events in the first of those. See image below. So I assume that this strip was made around that time.

Also: Check out the Pictorial Review cover featuring Brer Rabbit and friends over at the DHI Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Friday, 28 November 2014

The Tenggren Book

Just got my copy of the brand new book on Gustaf Tenggren by Lars Emanuelsson and Oskar Ekman! It's one thick brick of a book. 280 pages!
It chronicles Tenggrens life and features an enormous amount of artwork from his entire career. Lots of stuff I never have seen before. I have yet to read the book, but I just wanted to share my enthusiasm and show you a few spreads from it. As you can see, even if you don't understand a word Swedish you'll want this for the images.

For more info on Tenggren and his art, check out the Tenggren blog!


What's up?

Notice how slow everything is here.
Updates are far and few between. Why?
I'm currently drawing a graphic novel written by Mårten Melin. And as I'm on a leave of absence from my regular work until next summer I have to finish the book before that. Much is already drawn, but it will still take a few months to finish it up. And I still do Nils the Cat so there's plenty of stuff to be done.
Just in case you wondered.