Sunday, 29 June 2008


Picked up this X-9 daily last week.

This is fourth from this sequence I have. :)
Stamped with Chester Kozlaks name on the back.
I wonder how many Mel Graff X-9 originals he had?
Maybe he assisted Graff this period and kept some of the originals? Just a thought.
Anyone seen more originals from this 1942 adventure?

The Business of Cartooning Pt.II

The internet has been down in the studio for a few days. But now it works as it should again. :)

So... here's post 313 (!) on this blog: the Walt Disney page as requested.

Now, I gotta get back to the drawing board again.
Two pages gotta be finished and scanned today...
For those interested here are two samples:

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Business of Cartooning Pt.I

I have this book on loan from Svenskt Seriearkiv and thought I should share a few pages with you.
First out is Billy DeBeck.

And a bonus pic from 1916!

Who will be next? Disney? Holman? Bushmiller?
See any name on the cover that you want me to scan the entry for? Just let me know.

If you want to see me in the studio, NOT inking a Nils the Cat strip you should check this out:

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bamse 9/08

Bamse 9/08 (#465) is out now with a cover by yours truly and Adam Blomgren. For those of you interested in "behind the scenes" stuff here's a step-by-step of the creation of the cover.

First I made a rough layout sketch wich I used to pitch my idea to the Editor in Chief, Lisbeth Wremby.

She liked it and I sent it to one of the Bamse artists: Adam Blomgren.
He then refined my idea and made a finished pencil drawing out of it.

Adam then scanned the drawing and mailed it to me at the office.
I then inked it on a Schollerhammer paper, A4 size in 100% of the print size.

Then Lisbeth colored the cover, added the logo and ta-da! Finished! :)

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Stony Craig by Bill Draut

As some of you guessed (or saw) the sample panels I posted two days ago were drawn by Bill Draut (1921-1993).
The strip was named Stony Craig and was credited to Frank H Rentfrow and Don Dixon, although all the strips I have from March 1945 to June 1946 are signed by Rentfrow and Draut. Anyone who knows when Draut started doing the artwork?

Looking at the early strips in my run you can see a young artist (ca 25) who struggles hard to imitate the style of what must have been his heroes: Caniff, Sickles and Robbins. Not too bad but not that good either. Just like Bert Christman when he took over Scorchy Smith from Noel Sickles.
If you look at these samples from March 1945 you see that he fills the panels with heavy shadows and light. Just like his heroes did. (And I think the pose of Stony in the second panel is "loaned" from another strip. I reall it, but can be either a Steve Canyon or a Johnny Hazard pose. Or a Scorchy...)

Jump to June 1946 and we see a much more confident Draut with thick and elegant brushstrokes. He don't try to hide as much with black shadows anymore. Hey, even some beautiful profile shots of girls are thrown in to the strip. (These are the only ones I've seen in the whole run.) Who knows how good it would have looked if he had continued yet another year.
My sources says that Lin Streeter took over the strip after Draut and that it folded the same year. No surprise to me. Even if the art was interesting the script was really, really bad. No wonder Draut artwork seemed uninspired at times.
But every now and then there would be a panel or two that would have fit nicely in any Caniff or Robbins daily. Like this one for example.

When his last strip appeard he was already working for a coulpe of guys called Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (What ever happened to them...) and their new title Stuntman, were he did "The furnished room".
He stayed with comic books and worked for Harvey, Warren, DC and Marvel etc.

Stony Craig is one of the many forgotten strips that never made it big time. However, for me my set of Stony Craig dailies is more than just a set of tearsheets. It's a document of a struggling artist taking his first step in a career that he would stay with a long, long time. By the years the Caniff/Sickles influence faded away more and more but every now and then you could see bits and pieces of the style he learned in the mid 40's.
I hope you enjoyed these samples.

Now, I'd better do some drawing myself before leaving the studio. (I bet the artists got more WORK done in their studios before the days of internet...)

X-mas in July

Saw this X-mas cover on eBay and just wanted to share it with you. From Sunday mirror December 20, 1936.
Art by...? Never seen it before.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Coming soon

If you are a fan of the Sickles/Caniff school and enjoys artwork by artists like Frank Robbins, Mel Graff and Charles Raab this might be something for you.
What is it then? you might ask.
Just stay tuned and I'll post more on the subject soon.
I'm just teasing you with these images. :)

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Asterix by Jippes

Regarding the previous Daan Jippes posts one of the blog readers had a question:

I'm a Belgian fan of comics. I'd like to contact daan Jippes. Could you help me, or forward my email address to him. A friend of mine does have an original page of Astérix (unpublished). I'm 90% sure it's Daan's work. I'd like him to confirm. Please, if you can help me ... Dominique"

While I don't have Daans e-mail maybe we can solve the question right here and now. :)

If it is one of the following two pages it's by him:

Daan wrote the following in response to my question about his Asterix pages previously on this blog:
"[...] happy to oblige re the questions around the "why"of those 2 Asterix pages I drew in the spring of 1981.
An agency in Amsterdam got wind of Editeurs Albert/Rene`s plans for a monthly Asterix magazine, and contacted me to do the art for a 32 page story, for which Lo Hartog van Banda ( ex- Marten Toonder Studios) had already done a synopsis, plus script for pages 1 to 4.
All I know ( because at the time I was living in Van Nuys, California) is that the work was submitted for approval to a guy in Bruxelles, Belgium, and then....zilch; nothing!
As we all know that magazine never saw the light. Was my effort ever SEEN by Uderzo? One wonders..."

Dominique: I hope this gives an answer to if the page is one of Jippes or not. Please let us know.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Al and Russell

Here's some rare cover art by Russell Patterson and interior art by Al Taliaferro. Never seen these before.

And while I'm at it why not throw in a Patterson painting from his early days titled "My villa In Normandy" . Just for fun.:) Love the colors on this one.

Now, I gotta rush. Got a bus to catch.
Next update: Sunday evening.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Walt's people volume 6

Walt's people vol. 6 is now available on!

Chew, chew

Me hungry. Me eat original drawing of cats. Yummy...

(Seriously now, this is from a photo session for Bild & Bubbla 1/08. A more well behaving and serious me will appear in that magazine along with an article about Nils the Cat. (The strip I'm chewing on.) But I just couldn't resist having some fun between the more proper shots. Photo by Hedvig.)

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Gottfredson 1968

A quick question:
I own the original art to this promotional piece drawn by Floyd Gottfredson in 1968.
Anyone who knows where/if this was published?

Notice that unlike most of the later Gottfredson art this piece doesn't have yellowed zip-a-tone. Instead only blue indicating where the dot pattern should be added. Also notice that the board has been cut of to the left. (The thin blue line that "frames" the drawing is clearly cut off, indicating something's missing.) Maybe the parade continued with the ducks etc. after Mickeys car? Does that art still exist?
Any Disney publisher who wants to use this? Feel free to let me know.

Spirou by Danier

A big thanks to Timo who directed me to these two Spirou pages drawn by Daan Jippes under the name Danier, written by him and Yann and translated into french by Etienne.

Daan: This is really wonderful tribute!
Maybe a longer Spirou story some day ?
Until then I'm looking forward to a second Havank album. :)

And don't forget to check out Daans first Havank album. Some samples can be found if you use the Labels function. (Just click on Daans name below.) Just did that myself and realized that I had missed one comment from Daan regarding one of his childhood drawings.
Daan: I got the Chlorophylle scan +several others from a guy who had purchased some of your early sketchbooks. (Can't remember who it was who sent them to me. It was many years ago.)

Update July 2012:
Page 2, from the Galerie Laqua site.

[Edit: Please see the comments for Jippes "story behind the story" about these pages.]

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Milton & Jippes

The long awaited Freddy Milton & Daan Jippes volume of "Hall of Fame" has just been released in Denmark.
The book has 14 of the 16 stories they made together in the late 70's, early 80's.
Too bad the last two is missing as one of them is no doubt one of their best. Rumor has it that the finnish edition will include all of them so why not the danish edition?
The illustrations in the bonus material is culled from old issues of Carl Barks & Co. so no new archive searches for unpublished material seems to have been done. Too bad, but I guess it's a matter of time. And money.

It should be noted that this book won't be released I Sweden. So Fans of Milton and Jippes will need to order this one from Denmark. Because even if it has minor flaws (Like placing Jippes afterword before the stories...) the stories and artwork makes this book one of the really essential HoF volumes. Grest stuff, great stuff!


PS. Two questions if any reader knows:
Page 46 states that the cover shown was made for the story "Levertrankonkurrencen" (" Liters lekkere levertraan") but the cover doesn't seem to have anything to do with that story at all, except that both the cover and the story features Donald and Gladstone. Was the cover really made for that story?
Page 12 has the info that Daan drew Spirou. I've seen art he made for Franquins Gaston, but wich Spirou episode did he do? Were does this info come from?

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Rare Disney stuff

So imagine that you are a Swedish Disney collector and have a complete run of Kalle Anka & C:o issues from 1948 to 2008.
But, do you really have everything? I bet you don't, if you count all of the extra stuff that came with the comic books. Now, most of the toys that are sent out today is uninteresting for the collector, but back inte 70's and 80's there were lots of interesting things printed and given away or used as extras in the weekly.
Like the stickers below.

Some of them were given away to participants to the Kalle Anka Cup etc and some were used in the weekly.
Betting that none of you out there has all of the stickers shown in this post would be a safe bet. Thats how rare these are. Enjoy!

Markku Kivekäs Ex-Libris

News has reached me that the previous ediotor of the Finnish Aku Ankka (Donald Duck), Markku Kivekäs, has passed away.
I only met him once, but judging from that meeting he seemed to be a really good guy.
And he handed me his Ex-Libris that Carl Barks had made for him.
I just thought I should share it with you.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Gottfredson Library

Found this on the Disney History blog:

Any opinions on the cover design and the "best of" treatment?

[Edit: The book has now been postponed.]

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Weather report

What do you know about the weather in Scandinavia?
I think this drawing I made today pretty much sums up the situation here...

Monday, 2 June 2008

Centralateljen's archive

Back in July 2004 the Swedish Egmont magazines was moving out of the old building at Södra Bulltoftavägen 46 in Malmö.
A few years earlier the comic books had moved to new offices, but the Kalle Anka & C:o (Donald Duck & Co.) production archive from the old "Centralateljén" was still there in a storage room on the third floor.
Since I work part time at Egmont I usually go home at 12.00 on Fridays. But this particular Friday in July I had stayed until three and was on my way home when someone told me that it had been ordered that the old archive should be thrown in the dumpsters.
I grabbed a colleauge and went to the old offices. Luckily they hadn't started to throw it out yet.
I made sure it got packed down in boxes instead and thus a piece of Swedish Disney history was rescued. Most of the material ranged from the mid 70's to the mid 90's. Original art and production materials. Comic books and black and white films. Stickers and posters. Invitations to social events and business cards. etc. etc. An unique insight to the production of Swedish Disney comics during these 20 years.

After a wile I and two colleauges were able to sort through the boxes during a span of a year. Some was junk and was thrown away. Other stuff like printing films were returned to Copenhagen and a big chunk was donated to Svenskt Seriearkiv. (the Swedish Comics Archive.) So the important stuff survived. This time. I've heard so many "horror stories" about archives beeing thrown away I'm happy that I was able to save this one.
If I had went home early as I should that day it would all have been landfill now.

Before it was put in boxes I managed to take a few snapshots. As you can see on the pics the storage room was full of paper ready to fall down on you when you entered the room. (Wich you, by the way, couldn't do because the floor was all filled with boxes and comic books.) Well you can see for yourselves...

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Sky Doll

Spent the saturday in Copenhagen at
Lots of artists/writers and fans there. Myself, I made an exception and I waited in line to get a book signed. Used to do that a lot when I was younger. But nowdays I just get tired of waiting in lines.
But... it's not everyday Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa is visiting scandinavia. :)
If you don't know who they are you probably havn't heard of Sky Doll either so here are two teasers. These are the covers to album 1 and 3. #1 should be out now in USA and here are several different european editions available.

And here thay are, hard at work, doing drawings in the newly released danish editions of Sky Doll.

And here we have the one they made for me. :)

I BTW just found the photos I took at the, now non-existant, archive in Hemmets Journals old building. The archive used for the swedish Kalle Anka & C:o (Donald Duck & Co.) art dept...
Look for them here in a day or two.