Tuesday 31 March 2009

Early Turner daily

Got a package from Ron Goulart yesterday and inside was this Wash Tubbs daily by Leslie Turner.

It's water damaged and the copyright sticker has fallen off. But it's still a strong example of Turner at his best. Just look at his use of craftint and pools of black.
It might even be the earliest surviving daily signed by Turner. His first strip was published less than a month before this. Anyone seen an earlier original Turner daily?

However, the main reason for showing this was not to brag about it (ok, ok a little...) but to see if anyone knows who Leslie Turner gave it to. "another Les" says the inscription. Les who?

Monday 30 March 2009

Wanted: Jim Hardy

My friend Germund is looking for this Jim Hardy daily by Dick Moores.
It's dated 10/06/38 and was sold in September 2006 by Russ Cochran. If you have it and want to share a high resolution scan, Germund would be very happy. It will then be used as an illustration in an article about Dick Moores to be published this year.
Germund can be reached at
germund_vw at yahoo.com

Sunday 29 March 2009

Burma by Caniff

Got this mail and thought it might be of interest to some of you:

"The attached piece has just come in- I am selling it for the widow of an old friend . It is 9 by 16 and the art almost fills the entire board- looks like color pencil and ink – perfect shape.

Opening bids are $1200- if you are interested make an offer –

Best George Hagenauer"

Myself I don't have the cash, but if you are interested drop George a line at
yellowkd at tds.net


Disney montage

Yes, I know this montage is beeing posted on several other places on the net, but I just couldn't resist posting it here too. Lot's of recycled animation in this one...

The early works of Thorsjö

Browsing old issues of Kamratposten (9 and 12 from 1963) I found these:

Both are by Alf Thorsjö who in the 70's became the editor for Knasen, the Swedish Beetle Bailey comic book, for many, many years.
I thought it was fun to see these early cartoons by him. :)

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Kalle Anka x 2

Wich cover do you prefer? And why do you prefer it?
It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
Both are Swedish and released just three months apart, BTW.
(Click on image to enlarge.)


Monday 23 March 2009

Dumb Doras hair style

If you like Dumb Dora by Paul Fung you might find these articles interesting.
Back in May 1931 Fung asked for help regarding her hair...

Now, maybe YOU want to help Dumb Dora with a new haircut?
Send your submissions to
sekvenskonst at telia dot com

Cvr dummy

So much to do, so little time to post.
But here's a photo of the Emma & Sara cover dummy (by Hedvig). Logo and text are yet to be made.
More info to come on this one...

And if you havn't done it already you should check out Classic Comics Press website. Lots of updates, info on upcoming On Stage books, Juliet Jones, etc and a blog!

Tuesday 17 March 2009

Thoroughly Modern Minnie

Following the previous post here's more of Minnie. This time not so murderous...

Yesterday I was looking through a set of Disney stats. What I saw was probably clip-art sent to various publishers from the Disney studio in the 70's and 80's. I thought most of it was stiff and boring until I saw the following artwork in the bottom of the pile.

I guess these drawings are from the mid 80's, and that this was an attempt to make a more modern and up to date Minnie. There are some great, great poses to be found among these sheets! So I've scanned some of the best for you to enjoy. I sure got inspired when I saw them and if you are an artist I hope you will be too. :)

[Edit: These are all drawn by Daan Jippes. See the comments for further info.]

Monday 16 March 2009

Minnie makes murder look sexy

I just had to take a snapshot of this...

Disney strips online

If you didn't know already: Disney23 is a new website for Disney fans. Among other interesting stuff they run Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Scamp newspaper strips from the beginning!
Check out the samples below. Then bookmark http://d23.disney.go.com/comics.html
for your daily dose.

Saturday 14 March 2009

Another watercolor

Continuing my series of posts featuring rare watercolors by Floyd Gottfredson, here's one he made for Charlie Roberts. Image courtesy of Scoop - Diamond Galleries.

Thursday 12 March 2009

The Evaluator

Some excerpts from a comic I did for Joakim Tranquist at Malmö Högskola. Joakim also wrote the script.
A departure from the comics I usually do. It was really fun to do. :)

Birthday gift from Floyd

Yet another Gottfredson watercolor piece. What a birthday gift to get! This one is courtesy Heritage Auctions.

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Jim Pabian

Some of you might remember Jim Pabian's work for the Disney comic books in the 50's. But have you seen his Hollywood Johnnie? Here are two samples from 1946. (Images grabbed from eBay a while ago.)

Tuesday 10 March 2009


Hmm... I wonder if Herge ever saw these illustrations. They were made for a competition in Swedish kids magazine "Kamratposten", published in January 1963. The artist is not named on these pages, and I have no idea who it is.
I doubt that they would be able to print these today without beeing sued. :)

Friday 6 March 2009

Bamse på skattjakt

Last month I finished the script for my second Bamse story book "Bamse på skattjakt". ("Bamse's treasure hunt") This one is based on a comic that I plotted and Mårten Melin scripted for Bamse in 2006.
The comic book version featured artwork by Lars Bällsten and the book will also be drawn by him. In fact that's what he's working with right now.

Here's a preview of the cover. (Rough sketch and inks by me, pencils by Lars.):

And a sneak peak at the interior (yet to be inked):

The book will be out in early August this year.

Tuesday 3 March 2009

More Mel

A few more examples of the Mel Graff illustrations I got.
Ger Apeldoorn has posted some nice and rare Milt' Caniff illustrations over at his blog. Check them out if you havn't done that already.

Ger: Maybe you know when these Graff pieces were published?

Before I leave the studio for today I just have to share a panel from an upcoming Emma & Sara episode, drawn by Hedvig in what she calls a "fonky" style. :) I loved inking it and I hope the readers will enjoy it when it's published in Julia 8-9/09.