Thursday, 26 January 2012

Pippi by Vang

Got the news that Drawn and Quarterly are about to publish the comic book version of Pippi Longstocking, beginning this fall.
Naturally we are talking about the 1950's stories written by Astrid Lindgren herself and drawn by Ingrid Vang Nyman. 

I know that Vang Nyman isn't everyones cup of tea, but here are a few samples scanned from the original publication in "Klumpe Dumpe".

[ BTW: I hope these will be properly restored from the original publications or original art, as the current Swedish editions are looking terrible. Supposedly "restored" but looking like second generation, re-inked photo copies...  ]

A piece of original art.

An issue of Klumpe Dumpe and a special comic book published in Sweden.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Westerner #194, 1966 part III and IV

Here are part III and IV of the Westerner #194.
But first of all I have to thank Mike Lynch for writing about this on his blog. Thanks, Mike!

Page 14

Page 15

Page 16
Page 17

Page 18
Page 19

Monday, 23 January 2012

Duluth's Centennial Year - 1956

Just picked up this one.

The Cosmopolitan Magazine Section of the Duluth News-Tribune, July 29 1956.
Cover art by Al Taliaferro. The interior features special artwork by Walt Kelly, Chic Young, Al Capp and others. I wonder how many of these that have survived?

PS. The image above is pretty similar to this one from 1954.

(Image taken from Inducks.).

And it just re-appeared as a "new" cover in Holland. (Thanks, Gerben!)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Mead Schaeffer paints a Post cover

A classic Schaeffer.

While you are waiting for the next installment of the Westerner #194, here's Arthur Leighton Guptill on how Mead Schaeffer painted a cover for the Saturday Evening Post.
First published in American Artist, December 1945.

While American Artist didn't have color back in 1945 the Internet have.  Here's the cover with and without logo.
The Post, November 10, 1945.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Hedvig – the Angry Li'l Unicorny

Last summer I spent a few days in the countryside,
together with my girlfriend Hedvig.
Besides relaxing, making red currant pie and working in the garden we found a drawer filled with drawings she did as a kid.
And next to those we found a box filled with ponies cut out of paper.
There were thousands of them! No joke.
I got to pick one.
And I chose the one she had namned after herself. :)
An angry little unicorn pony.

Today is her birthday so I decided to do a version of my own for her.

Happy birthday, Hedvig! 

( To see her more recent artwork check out her blog vixiearts or her deviantart. )


Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Westerner #194, 1966 part II

"Once Upon A Time"
The second part of The Golden Anniversary issue of the Westerner has it's focus on the Creative Editorial dept of Whitman Publishing.
Meet Mel Benstead,  June Behning, Sybil McGiveran and the rest of the gang!

Coming up next: "Authors and Artists - Hundreds of Free Lance People Create Whitman Products"

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Westerner #194, 1966

Recently picked up a photocopy of the Whitman / Western Publishing Company in-house publication "The Westerner".
This is issue 194 from January 1966, the "Golden Anniversary Issue". If you are interested in the history of this legendary publishing company this is something for you.

The issue is 36 pages. More?

Update: Here's Part II
Part III and IV 

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Le voyageur du Mésozoïque - Version Originale

Got the new Spirou "Version Originale" book from MarsuProductions last week:
Spirou VO4: Le voyageur du Mésozoïque

It contains the full album reproduced in color from Franquin's original art. (Just a few pages couldn't be located for inclusion in this book, but they are still in the book, reproduced in black and white. )
+tons of bonus material. Both from original art and printed sources.
Lot's of stuff I had never seen before.
If you like the artwork of Franquin this book is a must have!
Just check out the images below:

130 pages.
30 x 43 cm HC.
Limited to 2000 numbered copies.
You can get it by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Victor Arriagada Ríos

16/4/1934 - 3/1/2012