Showing posts with label Frank Robbins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frank Robbins. Show all posts

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Scorchy Smith by Robbins

Just picked up a large batch of Scorchy Smith dailies from the early 40's. Artwork by Frank Robbins! Not as polished as it would be later in the 40's, but it's interesting to see his development as an artist these years. Just thought I should share some samples.
And if any serious publisher needs dailies from 1940-43 to scan for a Robbins Scorchy book, just let me know and I'll be happy to loan you my set!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Johnny Hazard 1944-46

Just saw this on Amazon

280 pages, hardcover and covering 1944-46. 
The info text on Amazon says: "Reproduced entirely from original King Features press proofs." Well, after seeing the Rip Kirby books we all know that having access to proofs from KFS says nothing about the quality. Let's just hope they are better than the Rip Kirby proofs ...
Anyone involved in the project with access to the strips who can confirm the quality? Cut or uncut versions etc.

And while I'm at it: If the proofs are good it would be a shame to release them in a book with a cover design like this. If anyone at Hermes Press reads this, please check out other well designed books for some inspiration. The image above looks more like a "fan publication" than a book collecting a classic comic strip. (I'm not writing this to be mean, but I think a more classy design will help sales.)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Frank Robbins website

Just got a mail from Robin Olin telling me that there's a new website devoted to Frank Robbins!
It's still beeing developed, but I'm looking forward to see more good stuff coming there soon.
Go check it out by clicking HERE.

Frank Robbins self portrait. Photo by Robin Olin.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Johnny Hazard Sunday Part IV

Even later than last week, but better late than never...
Here we bring you the Johnny Hazard Sunday for 9-4, 1955. Enjoy!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Johnny Hazard Sunday Part III

This week we bring you a Johnny Hazard Sunday from 11-14, 1954.

Next Sunday: 9-4, 1955.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Johnny Hazard Sunday Part II

Sunday and time for another Frank Robbins page from the collection of Bill Peckmann. This time we have one from 1947!

And some close-ups for your viewing pleasure:

To be continued ...

American Comic Archive just released Big Fun #8, featuring Frank Robbins Scorchy Smith from July 18,1940 to May 23, 1942.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Johnny Hazard Sunday Part I

It's Sunday and time for a Frank Robbins Johnny Hazard sunday from 1955!
The first of four Sundays scanned straight from the original art by Bill Peckmann.
First we have the full page and then, for those of you who want to take a closer look at Robbins brush strokes, panel after panel in larger format. Enjoy!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Robbins teasers

Bill Peckmann just sent me these two Frank Robbins "teasers".
Do I want to see more? YES!

And as I posted the images above Bill mailed me a third (!) teaser.
Can't wait to see the full sundays!

Edit: And a fourth!!! How many Hazard originals does this guy have?!? :)

[Edit: Watch for the first of these Sundays on, you guessed it, Sunday!]

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The oil paintings of Frank Robbins

Ever wondered what Frank Robbins' oil paintings looks like? I showed some in black and white taken from Cartoonist profiles #8 in THIS 2008 post.
But I had no idea what they looked like in color until I found a Facebook group named "It's Frank Robbins!" yesterday. There can be found several paintings provided to the group by Fran Robbins. (The widow of Frank, I'm told by reading various posts on that Facebook group.)
Here are two samples. Many more to be found on Facebook.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Frank Robbins x 3

As promised yesterday, here are three great original Johnny Hazard dailies by Frank Robbins. From 1944, 1947 and 1954. All from the collection of Bill Peckmann.
Of the three dailies here the one from 1947 is my favorite. It doesn't get much better than this. Here Robbins really showed that he could do the Caniff/Sickles style with a stunning result. And he even did it better than Caniff and Sickles themselves...

As a bonus: Here's what the back of the 1947 daily looks like. :)

And speaking of Robbins, anyone who has seen this original Scorchy Smith daily anywhere?
I won it on eBay many years ago, but it never reached me. So any hints on it's whereabouts are welcome.